I made up a small batch of Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments last night. These are the easiest, yummiest smelling things you'll ever create - at least that is my opinion.
Want to make some? Here's what you do....
Gather your ingredients:
I made a small batch which actually produced quite a few medium sized stars but you can adjust the amounts to what ever you feel is best. Here are the measurements for the batch I made last night.
Mix 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup cinnamon together. Then add 2 TBSP of glue and mix well. You want a dough that can be rolled out so if it is too runny, add more cinnamon. (I used homemade applesauce which usually is a little more runny than store bought so I did need to add more cinnamon into my dough.)
Once the mixture has formed into a dough ball, remove it from the bowl and place it onto wax paper. Slightly press the ball down and cover with another sheet of wax paper.
Then, with a rolling pin, roll out the dough. You want it anywhere in between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch thick. Remove the top piece of wax paper and cut out shapes.
After you have several shapes cut out, carefully remove the excess dough from around each shape and start the process over until all the dough is used. Be sure to add a small hole in each of the shapes so you'll have somewhere to attach ribbon.
Next you will take your shapes and place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 150 degrees for 2 hours. Then, turn off the heat in the oven and leave the pan in the warm oven for 5 to 6 hours. I just left mine in the oven overnight.
TIP: you can leave them on the wax paper when you cook them, however it is best to remove the wax paper after one hour of cooking, otherwise it is hard to get off later. Also, depending on your shape, the edges may curl during cooking. After an hour of cooking just turn the shapes over and they will most likely flatten back out.
If you pull them out of the oven and they are still somewhat moist, let them set out on your counter until they are completely dry. It may take a few extra hours.
Once the ornaments have hardened, remove from pan and attach ribbon or string, or whatever you'd like, to turn them into ornaments.
See, easy! I promise you'll love the smell - it's wonderful! And, the smell last forever. You can store them in ziplock bags with your Christmas items and they will still smell good next year too.
You can do a lot with these things: I like to wrap up brown paper packages with raffia and use them as accents that hang from the bow. It's a very rustic country look but I think it's heartwarming.
You can also string several of them together and either make a garland for your mantle or a wall decor. I currently have this hanging on our closet door and I love how it smells when we walk by. mmmm good!
And then of course there is the simple, traditional Christmas tree ornament.