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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Cinnamon Ornaments

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cup ground cinnamon (look for the cheap, off-brand stuff– you aren’t gonna eat it)
2 tablespoons craft glue, optional (I think this makes the ornaments a bit more sturdy, but you can do without it)
Mixing bowl
Drinking straw
Plastic wrap
Rolling pin
Baking racks and baking sheets
Cookie cutters
Oven, food dehydrator, or just an out-of-the-way spot (for drying)
Glitter, puffy paints, rhinestones, etc. for decorating, optional
Ribbon or hooks for hanging

Place the applesauce, cinnamon, and glue go into a mixing bowl.
Mix with your hands, a spoon will not get it mixed well. Form dough into a big ball.

Roll out 1/3 of the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Roll dough to about 1/2 inch or 1/3 inch width. The thinner the dough the quicker it dries and more ornaments you can get out of a batch. However, the thinner ornaments will also be more fragile and may curl as well. Thicker ornaments take longer to dry.

Remove top layer of plastic it is time to cut cookies

Make a hole where you want to place the hanger

Now it is time to allow ornaments to dry

  • Baking: Pop the ornaments on a baking rack on top of a baking sheet in a 200°F oven for about 2 1/2 hours, until the ornaments are dry and hard. This is the fastest method, but it also results in a little bit of curling and bubbling.
  • Food Dehydrator: Place the ornaments on the racks of a food dehydrator, and dry at the highest setting for about 6 hours.
  • Air Dry: You can just put these ornaments on baking racks and dry them in an out-of-the-way place. This method takes a few days, and obviously works best in dry climates (I wouldn’t try this method at the beach house in Florida). We can get our ornaments dry in about three days on top of the fridge.
After dried it is time to decorate. Go eleborate or simple both work nicely. 

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