A Cinnamon Scented Tree

Several weeks ago when we were ready to decorate the tree, we peered into our little box of ornaments. A hodgepodge of colors and textures and styles met our eyes. A few I bought, but most of them were given to us from co-workers at the public library I worked at before Mr. H and I were married. We had a December wedding and the sweet ladies threw us a bridal shower where they all brought special, unique ornaments to help us trim our first tree. Such a cute idea.

Then there were a few thin, brittle homemade cinnamon ornaments in the box. I had made these, probably over 10 years ago. So they were obviously in need of replacement. Also, because I stepped on a couple, and they crumbled.

So I hopped on Pinterest – the source for all things creative – and found this recipe for Norah to help me make. I chose this specific recipe mainly because of the amazing photos, but also because I was looking for a recipe void of glue and that could be baked. Oh, the house smelled so good when these were in the oven, and for quite some time later.

Only three ingredients needed:

  • 1 1/2 c. cinnamon
  • 2 Tblsp. cloves
  • 1 c. applesauce (the kind with no added sugar)

To begin, if possible, find someone cute to help you.

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Into a bowl, pour 1 cup of cinnamon.

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Add 2 tablespoons of cloves.

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And now the 1 cup of applesauce.

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You may need to quality check the applesauce.

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But don’t taste the cloves.

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Not so good.

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Now give it all a big stir.

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This part is fun.

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Now add your remaining 1/2 cup of cinnamon. Stir. You may need more or less of the cinnamon and applesauce, but the measurements are pretty close to what you will need. It should look like this.

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Now sprinkle the counter top area with cinnamon, like you would with flour when rolling out cookie dough. We rolled ours out on a piece of waxed paper. You may need to mix in a little more cinnamon by hand until the dough isn’t sticky, but you don’t want it too crumbly either. You will know when it feels right.

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Now you are ready to roll it out.

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And roll some more. The recipe we followed recommend 1/4″ thickness.

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Now choose cookie cutters that suit your fancy.

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We had quite a few that suited our fancy.

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Place the cutout shapes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a skewer (or we used the tip of a beater from my hand-mixer), poke a hole in each shape.

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Bake at 200 degrees F. for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, or until they are completely hard. You can click here for more specifics.

When the ornaments are completely cooled, thread ribbon, twine, string or yarn through each ornament hole. Although not necessary, we used a darning needle to make it easier for little hands.

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Now you can hang them on your tree. And enjoy the scent of their cinnamon-y goodness.

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