These easy homemade ornaments for your Christmas tree will make your house smell like cinnamon!
I have been waiting for months to bake these ever since I found the inspiration on Pinterest. And now that we have stuffed ourselves with turkey and pie and Thanksgiving is behind us, we can move on to Christmas— yay!
Some years we make the trek up into the mountains to chop down a Christmas tree, and other years we’ve just purchased one from a nearby lot. Either way, we always have a real tree. Our tradition is to decorate the tree while sipping eggnog, nibbling on cookies, and watching a holiday movie. And now I think we have a new tradition with these simple homemade cinnamon ornaments! Combined with a fresh pine tree, it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas in my house.
How to make homemade cinnamon ornaments
These handmade ornaments require just 3 non-toxic ingredients:
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground cloves— optional, but I love the extra boost of holiday aroma
The amount of cinnamon you’ll need will depend a little on the applesauce you use, as some are softer than others. You’re looking for a sticky dough that holds its shape, so add more cinnamon or applesauce if needed until you have the right texture.
These ornaments can either be baked in a warm 200° oven for a few hours, or you can leave them out on your counter top to dry over several days.
Since these ornaments are made with non-toxic ingredients from the kitchen, this is a great craft for kids! My kids always have so much fun making these. These ornaments are not for eating, however. Do not mistake them for cookies!
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Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1-1 1/4 cup (130 grams) ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground cloves (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves (if using). You want the dough to be able to form a ball without being too sticky. Add additional applesauce or cinnamon if needed. You can also mix the dough by hand.
- Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon (like you would with flour while rolling out cookies). Place the dough on the surface and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick, sprinkling with more cinnamon to keep from sticking.
- Cut out into desired shapes and place on the prepared sheet pan so that they aren't touching. Use a skewer to poke a hole into each ornament (to attach string). Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until rock hard.
- Loop a decorative string through the ornament and hang on your tree.
- The amount of cinnamon you'll need will depend on the applesauce you use, as some are softer than others. You're looking for a sticky dough that holds its shape, so add more cinnamon or applesauce if needed until you have the right texture.
- These ornaments can also be dried at room temperature over several days.
- Though not extremely fragile, they can break.
- These ornaments can last for many years, though they will lose their potency over time.
- DO NOT EAT. These ornaments are not intended for human consumption.