The holidays are the perfect time to show case talents by making those special homemade gifts. These ornaments are great to make with children. They are very easy to make and use only two ingredients! The ornaments harden nicely and keep for years! I guarantee that your house will smell amazing while making these and your tree will also! This recipe makes about 30 ornaments using standard cookie cutters.
1 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
Orange extract or oil
Any other extracts, essential oils or fragrance oils that complement cinnamon
Mix together cinnamon and applesauce. This can be done by hand with a spoon but it is much faster and easier with a mixer. It takes a couple minutes for the ingredients to form a dough. If necessary, add a little more cinnamon or applesauce to get a nice dough texture. Once the dough ball has formed, place on a piece of wax or parchment paper lightly sprinkled with cinnamon.
Roll dough out 1/4″ thick and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Reroll extra dough and continue cutting out until all dough is used. Place cut shapes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a straw, make a hole in the ornament to hang it.
Bake at 200ºF for about 2 hours. You can also let the ornaments air dry over a couple days. Decorate your ornaments if desired with glitter, colored glue pens, etc. Run a piece of yarn, ribbon, etc through hole to hang ornament.