Are you looking for a cookie that smells delightful, has no calories, and lasts many Christmas seasons? Well, the cookie isn’t exactly a cookie; instead it’s a Christmas ornament. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be just for Christmas, since the wonderful cinnamon smell and decorations can be enjoyed year round. This craft is a wonderful activity for young children, but remind them not to eat it.
Supplies:– 1 cup of cinnamon – 1 TBSP of nutmeg – 1 TBSP of cloves – 1 – 2 TBSP of Elmer’s Glue (The glue isn’t necessary, but it holds the substance better.) – ¾ cup of apple sauce – Drinking straw – Ribbon – Cookie cutters
Directions:– Mix all the spices and apple sauce into a bowl. Do not add the glue. – Depending upon the dryness or moisture you may need to add more cinnamon or apple sauce. – Knead the dough. Trust me your hands get very sticky – Add a little glue and mix thoroughly. – Roll the cinnamon dough onto a clean flat surface. Use cinnamon if it becomes too sticky on the rolling-pin. – The dough should be about ¼ inch thick, so that it doesn’t break. – Cut shapes with cookie cutters. – Use a straw to put a hole for a ribbon. This needs to be done before the dough dries. – Place cinnamon ornaments onto a ungreased cookie sheet. – Bake the ornaments at 200 F for about 1 ½ – 2 hours. Turn the ornaments over about every 30 minutes. If you don’t want to dry the ornaments in the oven, then put them in a dry location. They should dry in about 4 days. I baked mine and the smell was heavenly. You may wish they were cookies.
– When the ornaments dry, put a ribbon through the hole.
Put the ornaments upon the tree, wreath, or even attach onto a present. When the season is over, package the cinnamon ornaments in paper towels to keep the smell.