When I think about Christmas, so many things come to mind, chilly weather, festive decorations, and time with family. Yet, one of the best things about Christmas are the memories we collect year after year, especially those while we are young. One of my favorite school Christmas memories was when my Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Webber, made ornaments for the class. They were not just any ornaments. They were homemade aromatic ornaments made from cinnamon! Crazy right?! In my quest down memory lane, I learned they are really easy to make! I even took the recipe and made Book Day ornaments! I hope you and your kids enjoy this baking Christmas activity!
Material Needed for Ornaments:
1 Large Jar of Applesauce
3-4 Bottles of Cinnamon
Ribbon (Color of your choice)
Puff paint (optional)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In a large mixing bowl add one cup of apple sauce and one cup of cinnamon. These ornaments are made on a 1:1 ratio. To increase volume, add another cup of applesauce to a cup of cinnamon. Mix together well to create a ball of dough.
Next place a sheet of Cling wrap on the counter. Then place dough on top of wrap. Place another sheet of Cling wrap to sandwich the dough. This will help reduce the mess! Use your rolling pin to roll the dough between 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
Now choose which cookie cutters you will use to make your ornaments. I used a book shaped cookie cutter from Amazon to make the custom Book Day ornaments, but what ever you have in your cupboard will work just as well!
Next use the cookie cutters to punch out the ornaments. Remold and roll the leftover dough from the first set of ornaments to create a second batch of ornaments.
Place the ornaments on a baking sheet. Use a straw to punch a hole at the top of each ornament.
Bake ornaments for 2 hours at 200 degrees. Your whole house will smell amazing!
Once cooled, tie ribbon onto ornaments. If desired, use puff paint to add color and design.
Simple, easy, and rewarding, all while making amazing Christmas memories!