Cinnamon Ornaments

Making Cinnamon Ornaments are a perfect holiday fun activity for kids. The ornaments are easy to make and their aroma lasts long after the holidays are over.

Serves: Makes 12 to 15 ornaments.
30 mins Prep time 2 hrs 30 mins Cook time
30 mins Prep time
2 hrs 30 mins Cook time
  • Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.

  • Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)

  • Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tip: Or use 1 bottle (4.12 ounces) McCormick® Ground Cinnamon. If a larger size bottle of cinnamon is used, measure 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cinnamon.

Nutrition information

Nutritional Information coming soon!

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  • Julia S. on 10/29/2014

    First time I made these was in my two year old preschool class. I love them so much that even 20 years later, you can still smell the cinnamon :) Making these with my boyfriend this weekend since he has never made them before!! :)

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  • Karyl G. on 12/12/2015

    In the oven now....I'm sure the house will smell amazing as they dry. My hands sure do! I wish I'd know about this when my daughter was little, but now that I know I'll keep this in mind for when I have grandchildren!

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  • Julie W. on 12/12/2015

    I made these back in the mid 90's. I hang them on my tree every year. They still smell nice and still have a gingham bow stuck to the front with a glue dot. Ha ha.

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  • CJ on 12/05/2015

    I ready to try this!

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  • Lillie on 11/25/2015

    I made these for my grandchildren.I mailed them to CA that were good and dry when that got

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  • angela on 12/08/2014

    the girls love making ornaments and they smell so good can't wait to have fatboy over to make them with him going to make hand prints and footprints for grandparents

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  • Betsy on 09/23/2014

    I used the same amount of cinnamon and applesauce. I made a few cookies and it was a nightmare:( All cracky and tearing up and falling apart. But, I also ran out of time so I put the rest of the dough in a plastic bag and didn't get to it until about 24 hours later. I left it on the counter, not in the fridge. The dough was nearly perfect! No tearing or cracking. It just needed time to settle down. I also rolled it between 2 layers of plastic wrap and used a straw to make the hole. Next time you make something and it falls apart, put it in a plastic bag and let it settle.

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  • Nicole on 12/22/2013

    These turned out beautiful!! My kids and I are going to pass these out to family for Christmas! !! Thanks! !

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  • Geneice I. on 12/16/2013

    For Janet--use about 1 cup cinnamon.

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  • Janet on 12/09/2013

    I have a large warehouse size container of cinnamon. How much should I use for this?

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  • Ruth on 12/08/2013

    I have made these for several years and they are wonderful!

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  • Nancy D. on 12/05/2013

    This is a fantastic craft for the holidays. Very easy and fun for children. A great quick craft for all on a Sunday afternoon Christmas Ornament. or a decoration for the Kitchen String some little men or trees on a string of very small ribbon and hang. Adorable!!

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  • ashley on 12/14/2015

    Great recipe, but I always have to add flour to it because the dough is way too sticky.

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  • J on 12/21/2013

    I tried this but I just couldn't get it to work. I combined all the ingredients exactly as the recipe suggests. I mixed for a long time by hand until it was all well incorporated. I rolled it out, but every one I cut fell apart. I put it all back in the bowl, added more applesauce than the recipe calls for, mixed again and rolled them out. They still fell all apart. It was a failure. I had to throw it all away.

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