12 Days, Homemade for the Holidays continues today with ornaments. For years my tree was made up of ornaments for the kids, both made & bought. Each year a new ornament or two to mark that year. My goal was to provide them enough ornaments & memories to take to their new homes. Now that they are age 18 & 21, i decided to change my tree. Alexi doesn't do well with change but after a few reluctant moments and inviting her to help me go pick out new ornmanets, she jumped happily on board. i decided to go with a tree with white lights and more rustic feel. We decided to use white, gold, and silver ornaments, along with a few wood ornaments and pinecones to decorate the tree. However i did miss making ornaments with the kids. So how do i get both the tree i want but still keep our traditions alive?
The answer is simple: Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments.
They smell so good. They are simple & fun to make. And they completely go with my earthy kind of theme.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 1/4 C Cinnamon
- 1 C Apple Sauce
- 1 TBS Clovers
i have cinnamon from the middle east. It smells heavenly and is the best cinnamon i have every used. The whole house smelled delicious. i also had some homemade apple sauce in the fridge. Perfect for this since it was already cinnamon spiked. However this recipe isn't for consumption so please don't eat it no matter how tempting it smells.
Mix Well! I used a spoon to start. You want the spices and apple sauce completely mixed.
After a bit, i started kneading the dough by hand. You want it kind of sticky but not overly so.
Roll out the dough to a thickness you like. Mine is about 1/4" thick. You can use cinnamon to keep it from sticking. i have a ton of cookie cutters after years of collecting. However we just used some of our favorite ones to cut into the dough, choosing cutters we thought went with our theme.
Don't forget the hole for the string. We used a simple straw and it worked really well. The kids had a little too much fun blowing out the dough from the straw.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121 C) for about an 1 to 1.5 hours. Mine needed a little longer baking as you want them really hard. Let them cool before adding them to the tree.
They look & smell soooo good on my tree. I am really pleased with how they turned out.
Make sure you check out Jessi's post on her ornaments & family traditions. i love the look of her tree and hearing her stories.