Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments
January 3, 2011
Recently my granddaughter Elise was looking for a ‘Christmas Store’ project for her class room; each student makes things to sell (items must be hand made), then the classroom is set up like a store, and the public is invited to come shop one day. The class then takes a field trip to a local grocery store and uses all the money earned to purchase food for the local food shelf. Warms your heart doesn’t it?
Shortly after Elise asked me if I had any ideas for her project, I came upon this recipe and remembered making these about 20 years ago with her mother and sisters. I thought about all the fun scrap booking embellishments that could be used to decorate the ornaments (not available 20 years ago); the possibilities, options, and fun were endless! Elise approved the idea and we were in business!
Cinnamon Applesauce Ornament Recipe
1 cup cinnamon
1 T. ground cloves
1 T. nutmeg
¾ cup applesauce
2 T. Tacky craft glue
Combine cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg; mix in applesauce and glue. Knead well; dough should be smooth and stick together – if too crumbly add more applesauce, if too sticky add more cinnamon. Roll dough on tin foil to 1/4 inch thickness; cut with cookie cutters. Use a straw or toothpick to make a hole for hanging. Let air dry for 4 to 5 days or more, turning twice daily. Makes about 2-3 dozen, depending on size of cookie cutters. Decorate! (Ornaments shrink somewhat as they dry.)