Easy Handmade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

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I have been making these cinnamon applesauce ornaments for more than 40 years. The recipe may have come out of a magazine years ago from McCormick. It is written down on an old recipe card from when I was first married.

This time of year, I love sharing easy projects that you can make at home with your children and grandchildren. To create those special memories with them.

Children love to create things with their own hands. And, they especially love to display their creations on the Christmas Tree. These easy handmade cinnamon applesauce ornaments are fun to make and can be used as gift tags on Christmas Presents.

Also, try using a cinnamon applesauce ornament on baked good box of cookies or muffins. You can tie baker’s twine around the box and add the ornament along with a recipe.

You can make ornaments with two ingredients  of cinnamon and applesauce. Tree with handmade ornaments.

My beautiful, decorated Christmas tree was not the center of attention for my 7-year-old grandson. It was the smaller tree that drew his attention. Anakin told me that he loves the ornaments of the tree. He was touching all of the handmade items, not the vintage ornaments.

Isn’t that what we want to achieve when decorating? To make it magical for the little children in our lives and share with them the true meaning of Christmas.

A cinnamon applesauce ornament is a simple and festive decoration that can be made from cinnamon and applesauce. Two key ingredients to make these wonderful smelling ornaments for your home.

There are many wonderful benefits to using natural ingredients in ornaments. Natural materials are often more sustainable than traditional materials. The best part is the ornaments are also biodegradable. The material used in these ornaments will not break down and pollute the environment. Additionally, natural ingredients can be as beautiful and festive as traditional materials.

Containers of cinnamon and applesauce used to made handmade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments.

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  • 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cup of ground cinnamon
  • 1 TBS of ground cloves (optional)
  • Baker’s twine, jute twine or ribbon
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Skewer or something to poke a hole through the ornament
  • Cookie cutters

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In KitchenAid (stand mixer) with paddle attachment, combine applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves (Add the cinnamon slowly to the applesauce so you do not cause a cinnamon cloud).

It may take a few minutes for the mixture to come together. You want the dough to be able to form a ball without it being too sticky. Add additional applesauce if the dough is too dry or more cinnamon if the dough is too sticky.

Note: You can mix the dough by hand. It will take longer.

Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon (like you would with flour while rolling our pie dough).

Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into 1/4-inch thickness. Flipping the dough over and sprinkling more cinnamon to keep it from sticking to the surface or rolling pin.

Cut out into desired shapes using cookie cutters and place on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Use a skewer to poke holes for ribbon or baker’s twine to be added later.

Bake for 1 hour for smaller ornaments or 1 1/2-2 hours for larger ornaments. Note: You will want them to be rock hard.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Thread a baker’s twine, jute twine or ribbon through each ornament for hanging. You can also decorate the ornaments with paint.

Handmade cinnamon applesauce ornaments displayed on a tree with other handmade cranberry garland and ornaments along with vintage items.

Cinnamon applesauce ornaments are a fun and easy way to add a touch of natural beauty to your home for the holidays. They are also a great way to use up leftover applesauce.

Handmade cinnamon applesauce ornaments displayed on a tree with other handmade cranberry garland and ornaments along with vintage items.

You can also use different types of cookie cutters to create different shapes of ornaments. Also, gingerbread people, houses, reindeer, Santa shapes ornaments are perfect to decorate with acrylic paints.

Handmade cinnamon applesauce ornaments displayed on a tree with other handmade cranberry garland and ornaments along with vintage items.

Easy Handmade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Cinnamon applesauce ornaments are a fun and easy way to add a touch of natural beauty to your home for the holidays. They are also a great way to use up leftover applesauce. The ornaments are not only beautiful but biodegradable.

Equipment

  • Oven
  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer optional

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 1/4 Cup Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP Ground Cloves, Optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In KitchenAid (stand mixer) with paddle attachment, combine applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • It may take a few minutes for the mixture to come together. You want the dough to be able to form a ball without it being too sticky. Add additional applesauce if the dough is too dry or more cinnamon if the dough is too sticky.
  • Note: You can mix the dough by hand. It will take longer.
  • Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon (like you would with flour while rolling our pie dough).
  • Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into 1/4-inch thickness. Flipping the dough over and sprinkling more cinnamon to keep it from sticking to the surface or rolling pin.
  • Cut out into desired shapes using cookie cutters and place on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Use a skewer to poke holes for ribbon or baker's twine to be added later.
  • Bake for 1 hour for smaller ornaments or 1 1/2-2 hours for larger ornaments. Note: You will want them to be rock hard.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • You can decorate them with acrylic paints or leave them unpainted.
  • Thread a baker’s twine, jute twine or ribbon through each ornament for hanging.

Notes

PLEASE NOTE: These ornaments are not edible. They are for decorated purposes only. 
Keyword cinnamon, applesauce, ornament

Hope you give this a try to make some handmade cinnamon applesauce ornaments for your wreaths and trees!

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4 Comments

  1. You may need to move your dough outside before you start cutting ornaments. The cinnamon smell was so strong it gave me a terrible headache. I made some 25-30 years ago and the cinnamon smell is still there. I have enjoyed mine, but just a word of warning.

    1. It’s never has bothered me. I do not go over board putting a lot on the tree. What I had to watch is putting the cinnamon in slowly and not fast. So there is no instant cinnamon cloud. Thanks for sharing. Eucalyptus gives me a headache. I have to buy the fake stuff. I love the look of seeded Eucalyptus but it gives me a migraine. Amazing how certain scents can impact you.

  2. These are so fun Tammy. Thank you for sharing. I had totally forgot, but now I remember my mom made these when we were little. And the smell was incredible. I’ll have to try these with my girls!

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