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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.
I have made these for several years and they are wonderful!
Ruth | December 08, 2013
I have a large warehouse size container of cinnamon. How much should I use for this?
Janet | December 09, 2013
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.
Betsy | September 23, 2014
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!
Karyl Griffin | December 12, 2015
For Janet--use about 1 cup cinnamon.
Geneice Izor | December 16, 2013
These turned out beautiful!! My kids and I are going to pass these out to family for Christmas! !! Thanks! !
Nicole | December 22, 2013
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.
Julie Wadlinger | December 12, 2015
I made these for my grandchildren.I mailed them to CA that were good and dry when that got
Lillie | November 25, 2015
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!! :)
Julia Saverline | October 29, 2014
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!!
Nancy Davis | December 05, 2013
I ready to try this!
CJ | December 05, 2015
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
angela | December 08, 2014
I have been making these for years. The little ones enjoy making them for gifts. The house smells so good!
Lise Carr | November 14, 2016
These are so easy and make the house smell amazing. Made 9 ornaments for us. My 2yr old painted them the next day with washable Laing and then I sealed them with modge podge. Make great grandparents gifts.
Skip | December 12, 2016
best smelling ornaments...my son and niece loves them we made them last year and this year we found them in the Xmas box and e morewow still smell so yummy!! going to mak
Mary Purdy | December 02, 2016
Each year, a favorite activity with our preschool! ♡
Marta | December 15, 2016
Love this it's our second year making them
Sandra Strause | December 20, 2016
Great recipe, but I always have to add flour to it because the dough is way too sticky.
ashley | December 14, 2015
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.
J | December 21, 2013