A yearly holiday tradition for us is making cinnamon-applesauce ornaments. I started making them 12 years ago when I was looking for a “holiday scent” activity to do with my kindergartners. I believe I’ve been making them every year since! The little ladies and I deck our Yule tree with them; they smell so wonderful! They keep their scent for a long time! We really don’t have to make them every year, we have some that are still intact and still potent from years past; but the holidays wouldn’t be the same without this tradition.
I have tried a couple different recipes but have found this one to be the best:
what you need:
1 cup cinnamon (I buy a bulk container of cinnamon every couple of years just for this activity)
1 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon glue
1. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and stir. It will be a little crumbly, but easy to form into a ball. It should be similar to cookie dough, add more applesauce if it is too dry; add more cinnamon if it is too wet.
2.Form the dough into a ball.
3. Sprinkle some cinnamon onto the counter to prevent sticking, roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thickness.
4. Press out shapes with cookie cutters.
5. Poke holes in the tops of the ornaments with a straw.
6. Let air dry for a few days or set the oven to 200 degrees and bake for 10 minutes, then flip them over and bake again for 10 min. Continue this dance until they are dry. Could take up to an hour, depending on thickness.
7. Thread with a ribbon and hang on the tree or make a pretty garland with these wonderfully smelling ornaments.
*Note- each year I tend to “burn” my hands with this recipe, I have very sensitive skin though (typical redhead). When I say burn I mean a day after this activity my hands will be very dry and ITCHY. I have never seen this happen to any of the kids I have made this with though, however, be sure to wash hands often and do not let the dough remnants get really dry on your hands. I wouldn’t advise using this dough as playdough.