25 Days – Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

One of the activities on our 25 Days of Christmas list last year and again this year is Cinnamon Dough Ornaments. They are easy, inexpensive, and can be made into any shape. We also made these for Thanksgiving and really you could make them for any holiday. The Crazys made these ornaments in Kindergarten, and the first time they came home, I was in Heaven, because they smell so fantastic.

Here are  two recipes, you can choose which works best for you.

The first is from Kaboose-

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup white school glue (like Elmer’s)
  • Bowl
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Rolling pin
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie cutters or a knife
  • Ribbon or yarn for hanging
  • Straw

How to make it:

  1. Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl. The dough should be as thick as cookie dough. Add a bit of water if the dough is too stiff.
  2. Remove from bowl and knead. Put it back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for at least a half hour.
  3. Remove the dough; knead again to make sure it’s smooth. Flatten/roll the dough between waxed paper until it’s between 1/4″ thick and 1/8″ thick.
  4. Cut out desired shapes; use a straw to punch a hole for the ribbon to hang. The circle of dough will pull out with the straw.
  5. Gently place the shapes on a piece of clean wax paper. They will take 3-5 days to dry, and you will need to turn them over a couple of times a day for them to dry evenly and flat.
  6. Use acrylic paints or fabric paints to paint details, like white ‘frosting’ on a gingerbread man or gingerbread house.

The next recipe is from my MIL’s Beta Sigma Phi Celebrations Cookbook                                 (the appearance of these is a little more rustic, if that’s possible)-

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. ground allspice
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • Bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters

How to make it:

  1. Mix cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg in a glass bowl or plastic bag. Add      applesauce; mix well. The dough will be stiff.
  2. Roll to 1/4″ thickness on ungreased cookie sheet, marble slab or other flat surface.
  3. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Remove excess dough.
  4. Make holes for hanging ornaments with metal skewer or straw. Let dry, uncovered, at room temperature for 4 to 5 days.

Remember how I told you I was a procrastinator? Well, when we made these for Thanksgiving I waited too long and didn’t have 3 to 5 days to wait for them to dry, so I put them in my food dehydrator and they were dry by the end of the day.

These can be hung on the tree or on wreaths, attached to gifts, incorporate them into a center piece; whatever you decide to do your home will smell terrific.



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2 Responses to 25 Days – Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

  1. I love making these. The kids have so much fun. Although ours don’t turn out as pretty because my kids are younger. LOL

    • Ok, the truth is I only showed you the ones the hubby and I did. As a momma, I do love and cherish the ones the Crazys did, but lets just say someday they will say, “Seriously, you hung these on the tree”. LOL

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