Cinnamon Ornaments

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Cinnamon Ornaments  
Making Cinnamon Ornaments are a perfect holiday fun activity for kids. The ornaments are easy to make and their aroma lasts long after the holidays are over.

 Makes 12 to 20 ornaments.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours in oven Or 1 to 2 days drying time

Ingredients:

3/4 cup applesauce
1 bottle (4.12 ounces) McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground

***(While I personally use McCormick seasonings for most of my day to day cooking, if you are on a limited holiday budget, Dollar Stores sell a 4.25 ounce bottle of Cinnamon which is perfect for this project. Or, any brand & measure 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cinnamon).

Supplies needed:
Cookie cutters
Drinking straw
Colorful ribbon
I suggest you also wear either a mask, or a handkerchief over your mouth and nose, as this is very dusty and can take your breath away or make you gag.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.

2. Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)

While your ornaments are in the oven or drying, you can prepare your ribbon. I started with approx 1/4 yard of red Gingham fabric. I feel it best represents an old fashioned Christmas spirit, but you can choose any color or style ribbon you wish. I also like the “frayed” look, as it adds to the rustic charm.  You will need at least 12-20 strips, 22-24″ long and about half the width of a finger. 🙂

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3. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.

nutritional_information:
DO NOT EAT

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Lastly…..

If you are anything like me, you first attempt you are bound to make mistakes, or get too impatient, and rush a little when removing the ornies from the pan. They are very fragile, and make break.  Out of 24, I ended up with exactly HALF, that broke to pieces!

So…..what to do with the broken bits? Well, I re-purposed those as well! Which leads me to my next simple craft.

Potpourri

Broken cinnamon ornaments

Cloves

First, if you are fortunate to have a food processor, toss them in until they are crumbs. Or, just put them into a paper bag and roll them . That will work too. 

Next, crush cloves as well as you can, and mix both the ornie crumbs and the cloves. Now, you have a long lasting homemade potpourri, that you can boast about making (not by accident of course lol)Caution: Be sure to place out of reach of children.

You will need a decorative bowl to put your new found potpourri in. I used an old pottery crock. I cut  fabric to my desired width and length, and glued it, using a simple Elmer’s glue stick (mine was leftover from my much younger children~~I hang on to “everything”). Then create a bow. This can be as simple, or as sophisticated as you prefer. Enjoy!

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Courtesy of & Original Recipe for the Cinnamon Ornaments was obtained from The McCormick.com website. I made a few changes with a few of my own contributions and photos etc. For Their version, please visit http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Other/Cinnamon-Ornaments.aspx

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