OMG, I just saw that this post did not go live last night like I had planned. I had it put together and saved it but I forgot to “publish” it and alas, you didn’t see it! So, about 12 hours late, here’s Day 17’s inspiration.
In a bowl, mix together 1 cup apple sauce and 1 cup cinnamon. (To save money, purchase your cinnamon in a 1 pound container.)
Sprinkle your surface with cinnamon along with your rolling pin (like you would use flour when rolling out sugar cookies). Roll out your dough so that it is about 1/4″ thick. Don’t worry if your dough looks uneven: areas of dry cinnamon on top and areas that are darker. These will disappear as your ornament dries.
Using your cookie cutter, cut out various ornament shapes (I chose to use my gingerbread man cutter). You will then use your straw to cut out ornament hanging holes. Move your cutouts onto a cooling rack that you can place on a cookie sheet.
You can either leave these out to dry for a couple of days or place them in a LOW oven (150 Degrees F), turning them every hour or so (the oven method will take 2-4 hours).
Once they are dry, cut a ribbon or piece or baker’s twine to make a hanging loop.
These are super simple and smell wonderful. The only difficult part is waiting for them to dry!
1. I have also made these with pumpkin pie spice. I would think you could also use ground cloves, ginger, or allspice but this is just a guess.
2. There are other recipes out there that include some glue and other ingredients. I like this one because it is 100% non-toxic for kids (my youngest used to love to eat cinnamon sticks and these ornaments).
Come back tonight to see Day 18’s inspiration. It was inspired by this project.