Christmas ornament

Non-edible Cinnamon ‘Cookies’

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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.