So technically, this is a recipe, but not exactly edible. But I just had to share it here because it’s such an easy, sweet little handmade idea. You will love the way your house smells if you make these! Little Boy #2’s preschool teacher makes this cinnamon applesauce dough with her class every year at Christmas time, and I love hanging these ornaments on my tree. I decided to make my own batch, and here are some ideas I came up with to decorate my cut outs.
Gingerbread Man Garland
I cut out ten handsome gingerbread men from my dough and poked two holes in the middle of each with the end of a straw. I baked them and let them dry out, and then strung them together with some ribbon. To make it easier to string your ribbon through the tiny holes, wrap Scotch tape around end of the ribbon, like a shoelace. I used cookie cutters similar to these.
These guys hang from the hood in my Lovely Little Kitchen, and I enjoy their company immensely while I do all my baking. This idea was inspired by Donna Hay.
Cinnamon and Cloves
I love how simple and natural this one is. Just use sharp scissors to trim most of the stem off the clove, and press them into the dough before it dries. Be sure to poke your hole for some twine before you bake them. Smells so heavenly!
Cute as a Button
Simply glue small neutral colored buttons onto the tree after it has dried out with hot glue. Some ribbon and a little bow finish it off.
Star With Twine
This idea works well with a star cut out. Just make holes with a straw while the dough is soft in the center of each point, and in between points. Once the star is dry, weave twine in and out of the holes and tie a loop at the top to hang it by. Once again, wrap Scotch tape around the end of your twine to make it easier to get it through the tiny holes.
If you make these cinnamon applesauce ornaments with kids, warn them that the dough is totally yucky and not to lick their fingers. It smells so good, they might just want to taste it! For an edible dough that is also great for doing cut outs with kids, try these homemade graham cracker snowflakes.
Another fun Christmas treat to make with kiddos is my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Trees!
- 2 cups applesauce
- 2 cups cinnamon
- Mix together equal parts cinnamon and applesauce until well incorporated and dough forms. If too sticky, add more cinnamon.
- Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut out shapes and place them on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 200 degrees F for 2 hours.
- Allow the shapes to set out on a cooling rack for 24 hours to dry out completely.
- You can use sandpaper to smooth out the edges if they are jagged once the shapes are dry.
- Makes about 18 ornaments, depending on size.