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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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Shop Our Store

We’re getting ready for the holiday shopping season to begin — starting with Santa coming to the mall this Saturday – November 17 at 11:00.  He will be joined by Curious George!  While you are in the mall, stop by the store and check our Ganz and Nat & Jules plush animal sale!

We wanted to let you know that on Black Friday, we will be opening our store at 5:00 am.   So, if you are up and in the area, you can stop by  the mall to see us early (or later . . . we’ll be open till 10:00 pm).   There will be a gift with purchase on Friday and thru the weekend, as a thank you for your continued support as you shop our store.  You will also find some specials throughout the store during the weekend.

Saturday (Shop Small and Shop Local Saturday) hours are 8:00 am thru 10:00 pm and Sunday’s hours are extended to 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

All year long we proudly support local businesses  .  .  .  Handmade by Cheryl, AcornWoods Designs, Jills Jams Mixes & More, Stampin Up Cards by Pam and of course – Dottie’s Snowmen!  Our candles, potpourri,  wrought iron, framed art and many of our word boards are made in the USA.   Coffees and cocoas come from Door County Wisconsin, Country Home Creations mixes from Michigan and Pelican Bay mixes from Florida.  Beaumont and Sugar Loaf Pottery is made in Ohio, Off the Beaten Path Cookie Cutters in Missouri and Irvins Country Tinware is made right here in Pennsylvania!  SallyeAnder Soaps hail from New York and Sweet Grass Farm soaps and lotions from New Hampshire – and they can all be found right here! 

We may have left out some of our local and made in the USA suppliers — and apologize for that.

See you soon!

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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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