If you’re on the hunt for a new holiday activity to do with your little ones, then you simply must try homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments! Not only do they smell uh-mazing, but with just three ingredients, they’re a cinch to make with even the smallest of helpers.
Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
(makes about 18 medium-sized ornaments)
1 cup applesauce
1 cup ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cloves
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Mix all three ingredients together in a bowl. If you’re using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment. The dough should ball together easily without being too sticky. Add more cinnamon or applesauce if needed to achieve desired consistency.
Dust your work surface with ground cinnamon (like you would do with flour when you’re making cookies). Sprinkle additional cinnamon atop the dough, and use a rolling pin to flatten it out to 1/4″ thickness. Cut the dough into desired shapes.
Arrange the shapes onto your prepared sheet pan so they aren’t touching. Use a wood skewer or the end of a straw to punch a hole in each ornament so you can attach string later. Bake in preheated oven for 2 hours or until the ornaments are rock hard.
Alternatively, ornaments can be left to air dry for several days instead of baking them.
After cooling, thread string through each hole and tie. They may look and smell delicious, but these ornaments are for decoration only and should not be eaten.
While you can’t munch on them, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the aroma of your cinnamon ornaments this season—hang them on your tree, string them into garlands, paint them or even attach them to gifts with ribbon.
Although they’re not extremely fragile, the ornaments can break. If handled with care and packed away gently, these homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments will last for years to come. Happy holidays!