Hey Guys! Hope y’all had an awesome weekend! We stayed home and got crafty, so I thought I’d share what we did! I was looking for a craft that Jocelyn (5) could help make as small gifts for Christmas and I found this on Pinterest. (PST…If you’re not following me you should! You can see my last few pins to the right —————->)
Anyway, it was a really easy and fun craft for both of us to do together, and we’ll probably continue to do it every year! It was a nice change from the cookie making, and will help me from gaining a few pounds too!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Cinnamon (Like a BIG container of it)
Ground Cloves (Optional)
Straw or Wooden Skewer
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Mix 1 c. Applesauce with 1.5 c. Cinnamon and 2 tbsp. ground cloves. Mix and knead into a ball of dough that isn’t too sticky or too crumbly. It should look like cookie dough. I had to add a bit of Applesauce then a bit of Cinnamon to get the right consistency…don’t be afraid to play with it a bit.
Turn dough out onto a dry surface (I used my cutting board covered in wax paper) with a few sprinkles of cinnamon on it. Roll dough out to about 1/4 in thick. Use cookie cutters to cut dough into desired shapes. Cover your cookie sheet with wax paper or a sil pat and lay ornament out on sheet. You can place them pretty close together, as these do not rise or expand in the oven. Don’t forget to take a straw, or skewer and poke a hole near the top for your string.
Place in the oven and bake for 1.5 hours. When done, they should be pretty darn hard. Once baked, either leave to rest in the oven, or take out to cool on a plate or cooling rack.
Once cool, string for the tree and VOILA! Your done!
They come out pretty cute and smelling really nicely, it will make your whole house smell like cinnamon! I rolled mine to 1/4 in. thick, and some of them curled at the edges. Next time I may roll them a little thicker.
We’re going to give these to my daughters teachers and our neighbors. The supplies are much cheaper then cookie supplies and these will last for years. A family member of mine remembers making these 10 years ago, and she says hers STILL smell wonderful!