Friday, December 16, 2011

Craft A Day 'Til Christmas: Day 16: Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Making these ornaments is a yearly tradition in our house.  We always end up making a few batches- some stay to decorate the house, the rest are attached to presents.  They smell great and are simple to make.  I don't have any pictures of the process but Eva made this batch with her buddy Luke (his mom Kristi is a frequent commenter on the blog and a long time friend of mine- HI KRISTI!!!).  They had a blast rolling out the dough (and tasting it) and cutting out Christmas and Hanukkah shapes with cookie cutters.  The dough is just a cup of cinnamon and a cup of applesauce.  I add the applesauce gradually until the mixture forms a dough-like consistency.  I have yet to use the whole cup of applesauce.  After the little ones finished cutting out their shapes, I poked a hole in each one using a chopstick and then placed them on a cookie sheet and set them in a 200º oven for about an hour, flipping them once.  You can also skip the oven and just leave them out for a few days to dry out on their own.  Once they are completely dry, slide some ribbon through the hole and hang them wherever you'd like.  Eva put a bunch on her tree and I have one hanging from each of out kitchen cabinet knobs.  They make the whole house smell like the holidays!

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