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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments – 2

Every year about this time, in planning for coming holidays, this recipe often comes up in conversations.  We are reposting this for any of you who did not see this project before.  Many of you have made these, and have some good advice about mixing, shaping, drying and decorating these ornaments.  You might not even use these as ornaments.  I have some great alternate uses included below.

First, the ingredients:   You will need equal amounts of cinnamon and applesauce.  Buy an inexpensive, large container of cinnamon and an unflavored store brand of applesauce.  You will also need 2-3 tablespoons of white glue.

The recipe I have calls for 3 cups each of applesauce and cinnamon.  This makes alot of ornaments.  You may want to start with 1 cup of each.  (In this batch, I am using mini cookie cutters, so I only used 1/2 cup of each).  Mix together and add the white glue (use less if you are using less of the other two ingredients).  Mix the dough until the mixture sticks together then knead until it stiffens enough to hold a shape when cut with a cookie cutter.  

 

Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick on a smooth surface. Use waxed paper or parchment to make clean-up easier.

Cut to desired shape then place on a  cookie sheet to dry.  If you are going to make hanging ornaments, make a hole with a straw before drying. 

Since I am using mini shapes, a straw hole is too big, but a toothpick works well to make a small hole.  

Ornaments will take 3 – 4 days to air dry completely depending on the size and thickness of the shapes.

When dry, this kid friendly project can be finished in many ways . . .

paint with craft acrylics or use puff paint to make raised designs

brush with white glue and sprinkle with glitter

or just leave them plain and primitive!

Besides ornaments . . . the shapes can be used as car air fresheners, gift tags, table place markers or strung together on ribbon or fabric strips as garland.  My gingerbread and heart shapes might get glued onto a wreath or candle ring.  The apple shapes in the photo were made years ago, and painted with acrylic craft paint.

Hint:  When the dough is first mixed, you could add a bit of nutmeg, ginger or allspice (I didn’t do this, someone suggested it).  And though the cinnamon scent seems to last forever . . . if it fades too soon for you, add a drop of cinnamon oil to the back of the dried ornament to refresh.

We have cookie cutters for sale — different shapes and sizes.  The mini-sized cutters (pumpkins, turkeys, hearts, stars, moose, gingerbread, bears) would make great ornaments for a small tree!

Share your own experiences with making cinnamon applesauce ornaments.  Tell us the creative ways you’ve decorated them and how you’ve used them.   Do you air dry them or slow bake them?  Let us know — give us some suggestions in the comments below.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Did you know we have a birthday club?  We’ve mentioned it a few times . . . we send out birthday cards at the beginning of each month.  Bring the card back in sometime during your birthday month to receive 20% off any (1) item in the store!  Anything!  While you’re at it, the next time you come in — make sure your name is  registered in our Rewards Program.  After six shopping visits, we will send you a gift certificate for 10% of the total you have purchased. 

We are celebrating a birthday next month.  We first opened for business in February 2003, and thanks to you, we’ve been going strong ever since.  So, next month we are celebrating . . . February 10 – 13 . . . stop by for snacks and giveaway sign-ups! 

You all loved that I posted the ‘recipe’ for cinnamon applesauce ornaments last fall.  Tell us how your ornaments turned out.  Let a comment at the end of this post to tell us what you made!  We all think of chocolate for Valentine’s Day, and I want to share a most yummy recipe for a gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake.  There will be no photos, because I haven’t made this lately . . . but the recipe is easy to follow!

Stir these ingredients together in a 9×9 inch square pan:  1 cup flour; 3/4 cup sugar; 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder; 2 tsp baking powder; 1/4 tsp salt.

Add these to the dry ingredients and stir together with a fork:  1/2 cup milk; 2 Tbsp. salad oil;  1 tsp. vanilla;  1 cup chopped nuts (optional).

Spread evenly in pan and sprinkle with — but don’t stir in : 1 cup brown sugar;  1/4 cup cocoa powder.

Pour 1 3/4 cups hot water over the batter — do not stir!  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.  Serve warm with ice cream.  This cake makes its own hot fudge (hidden under the cake) to drizzle over the ice cream.  Scrumptious!

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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

No, this is not going to become a food blog.  But, every year about this time, in planning for autumn and the coming holidays, this recipe often comes up in conversations.  So, I decided, this year we will post it and ask for any comments you have about this project.  Many of you have made this recipe, and have some good advice about mixing, shaping, drying and decorating these ornaments.  Many of you might not even use these as ornaments.  I have some great alternate uses included below.

First, the ingredients:   You will need equal amounts of cinnamon and applesauce.  Buy an inexpensive, large container of cinnamon and an unflavored store brand of applesauce.  You will also need 2-3 tablespoons of white glue.

The recipe I have calls for 3 cups each of applesauce and cinnamon.  This makes alot of ornaments.  You may want to start with 1 cup of each.  (In this batch, I am using mini cookie cutters, so I only used 1/2 cup of each).  Mix together and add the white glue (use less if you are using less of the other two ingredients).  Mix the dough until the mixture sticks together then knead until it stiffens enough to hold a shape when cut with a cookie cutter.  

 

Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick on a smooth surface. Use waxed paper or parchment to make clean-up easier.

Cut to desired shape then place on a  cookie sheet to dry.  If you are going to make hanging ornaments, make a hole with a straw before drying. 

Since I am using mini shapes, a straw hole seems to be too big.  But a straw works perfectly on larger shapes.

Ornaments will take 3 – 4 days to air dry completely depending on the size and thickness of the shapes.

When dry, this kid friendly project can be finished in many ways . . .

paint with craft acrylics or use puff paint to make raised designs

brush with white glue and sprinkle with glitter

or just leave them plain and primitive!

Besides ornaments . . . the shapes can be used as car air fresheners, gift tags, table place markers or strung together on ribbon or fabric strips as garland.  My gingerbread and heart shapes might get glued onto a wreath or candle ring.  The apple shapes in the photo were made years ago, and painted with acrylic craft paint.

Hint:  When the dough is first mixed, you could add a bit of nutmeg, ginger or allspice (I didn’t do this, someone suggested it).  And though the cinnamon scent seems to last forever . . . if it fades too soon for you, add a drop of cinnamon oil to the dried ornament to refresh.

We have cookie cutters for sale — different shapes and sizes.  The mini-sized cutters (pumpkins, turkeys, hearts, stars, moose, gingerbread, bears) would make great ornaments for a small tree!

Share your own experiences with making cinnamon applesauce ornaments.  Tell us the creative ways you’ve decorated them and how you’ve used them.   Do you air dry them or slow bake them?  Let us know — give us some suggestions in the comments below.

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