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.)
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.
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.
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.