Ok, to be totally honest, I did follow a recipe. (kinda sorta) I found this great recipe at Completely Delicious that was as close as I could remember from years ago. Then I “kinda sorta” tossed in a few other things. I never ever leave things alone, ask anyone that knows me.
I made these years ago when my boys still “allowed” me to have them do crafts with me. They got a bit upset when I kept telling them they really weren’t edible cookies. They kept begging me to let them eat just one. So I gave them each a piece of one that had broken and sat back to watch the faces. They each took a big bite and couldn’t get it out of their mouths fast enough. (I still giggle just thinking about it) It took awhile after that before they would eat anything I baked without asking if it was real or fake.
Those ornaments we made that year lasted several years, and each year I opened the box they were stored in, that wonderful smell would fill the room. It brought back that happy memory and made me feel so good. Sadly they were lost when we moved and I just never took the time to replace them. So this year I decided it was time.
Like I said, there are hundreds of recipes for them all over the web. You can use one of them or you can use the one I used, which I have just below.
- 1 cup Cinnamon (buy the cheap stuff)
- 1 cup Applesauce
- 1/2 T. Nutmeg (optional)
- 1/2 T. Ground Cloves (optional)
- 2 tsp. School Glue (I used Mod Podge, I use it for everything)
- Put everything into a big bowl, and start stirring, by hand.
- It will start out very dry and crumbly, but then the color will start to darken as it becomes more like dough.
- Once it turns all dark and hard to stir put some cinnamon on your work area, like you would for bread dough, and empty the contents out and start kneading it till it feels like play dough.
- Make one big ball and place it in a plastic bag. Let it sit a least 1 hour to toughen a bit. Keeping the dough in a plastic bag will keep it fresh and usable for several hours.
Now, while you are waiting, gather your cookie cutters, rolling pin, cookie sheets and either foil or parchment paper to cover the bottom of the cookie sheets. DO NOT GREASE, OIL OR SPRAY THE COOKIE SHEETS.
You will also need something to poke a hole through the ornaments so you can put string or ribbon to hang them later.
After you have waited your hour and gathered all your goodies, make your ornaments!
Sprinkle cinnamon over your work area again. Roll your dough to about 1/4 inch thick. (You can do thicker but they will take much longer to dry) Place your cutouts 1 inch apart on your prepared cookie sheets. Don’t let them touch.
DO NOT FORGET THE HOLES FOR THE HANGER.
Set oven to 250 and place cookie sheets in the cool oven. Set timer to 2 hours. After 2 hours check hardness of ornaments. Flip one over and if you can make a mark with your fingernail, they are not done. Check them every 30 mins after that.
Once you think they are as hard as they are going to get, take them out and let them cool. I tend to let them sit over night.
Now you can decorate!!
My ornaments are now doing their overnight cool down. I am looking forward to the decorating part, but like all good things, I have to wait. I promise I will show you what they end up looking like.
You all have a great night!!
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