Cinnamon applesauce ornaments

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These fragrant non-edible ornaments are fun for kids to bake and last for years. Hang them on the tree or give them as gifts! Make a few small ones to tie onto packages for a decorative country look.


  • The recipe is simple:
  • 1 cup applesauce to 1 cup ground cinnamon. The amounts can be doubled or tripled. You may need to add more cinnamon if the dough is too sticky.
  • The only other materials you need are cookie cutters, colorful Christmas ribbon for hanging, and something to poke a hole in the ornament before baking. (A drinking straw works well for making the right-sized hole.)


  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix cinnamon and applesauce together to make a smooth ball of dough. (You may need use your hands to work in all the cinnamon.) Divide the dough into four parts. Roll the dough at least ¼ to 1/3 inch thick.
  2. Cut the dough into shapes with cookie cutters and poke a hole in each one for hanging. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 2 ½ hours. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Ornaments may be also dried at room temperature for 1 to 2 days on a wire rack. Turn them occasionally till they are thoroughly dry.
  4. Insert ribbon through holes and tie.