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.

– 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).

1. Making The Dough

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).

2. Rolling Out The 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.

3. Cutting Into Shapes & Baking

It is said that he dresses in rags, animal skins and has an intimidating look on his face. His sack contains goodies for well-behaved children but also has a switch for those that have been naughty.  If I were a child, I would be afraid of this guy. Especially since folklore has that Belsnickel makes loud noises, banging chains or swatting with his rod. One would think he was a crazy old man in my opinion. LOL

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.