I love the smell of cinnamon during the holidays. It just makes everything feel like Christmas to me!
Cinnamon ornaments are a simple way to bring in the holiday fragrance while decorating. I remember making these as a kid, but this recipe is kicked up a few notches with the addition of essential/fragrance oil. It makes the smell last MUCH longer!
With only a few ingredients, this recipe is also a great way to get the kids in the kitchen for a fun project!
Here’s what to do:
1 cup Applesauce
(Up to) 2 cups Ground Cinnamon
Start by combining the applesauce and cinnamon in a large bowl. While mixing, the cinnamon can spray out in a cloud of dust before it’s incorporated, so using a large bowl helps to minimize this.
With an electric mixer, blend the two ingredients until a dough consistency is formed. You don’t want the mixture to be too sticky, so keep adding cinnamon until you have cookie batter-like dough.
You can refrigerate the dough prior to rolling if you’d like. This can make it a little easier to handle.
Place the dough on a flat surface to roll out. You can either dust the surface with additional cinnamon (just as you would flour when making sugar cookies) or you can roll it out in between two pieces of plastic wrap.
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out. You want the thickness to be no more than ¼ inch.
Using cookie cutters, cut out various shapes and sizes of ornaments. This step is just like cutting out sugar cookies. I made one batch of shapes, and one batch of round ornaments that looked like cookies (my husband tried to eat one while they were cooling!).
Place the ornaments of a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a straw, make a hole in each ornament where the ribbon will go.
Place the cinnamon ornaments in a 200 degree oven and bake for 2 ½ hours. Warning: your kitchen will smell AMAZING while these are baking!
Once cool, use a dropper to place several drops of fragrance oil to each ornament. This step can also be repeated each year to bring the ornaments back to life after being in storage!
Thread a ribbon through each ornament and hang on your tree! That’s it!
Super easy. Kid friendly. Smells AMAZING!!!
You should make some ASAP! 🙂
Cinnamon Ornaments Recipe