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Volume II
December 24, 2003

Cinnamon Ornaments

I am looking for a recipe my grandma used to use for Xmas decorations...

I recall it had applesauce, cinnamon, and ginger in it...but that's all I remember. She used to mix this up into a "cookie dough", roll it like you do sugar cookies, and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter...then let the shapes air dry for a week and they became hard like plaster. She would then decorate them, put ribbon on them, and hang them around the house. They smelled of cinnamon, ginger, and apple... reminded me of spiced tea brewing. I so miss those decorations...and my grandmother.

Do you know this recipe? If so...PLEASE...oh PLEASE...share it with me!!!

Viola Price

Hi Viola,
Yes!! I have the recipe and ornaments like these decorate my own tree. My recipe doesn't call for ginger, but you can add it by just replacing some of the cinnamon. I think I'll make more this year, because after 7 years, their wonderful scent has faded a bit! Anyway, here's the recipe and many happy memories!!

Desi @ DVO

Cinnamon Ornaments
Makes 20-30 ornaments

1 2/3 cup cinnamon
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons applesauce

Measure the cinnamon into a bowl. Stir in the applesauce. Knead the mixture really well until you have a smooth ball. Roll the ball out to 1/4" thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired holiday shapes.

Place a clean dish towel on a cookie sheet. Set your ornaments onto the towel. Using the end of a paintbrush or straw, punch holes in the ornaments for ribbon hangers. Set ornaments out until they are dry. This will take 2-3 days. If the sides start to curl, flip the ornament over.

Once dry, thread ribbon through the holes. You can decorate ornaments with glitter paint or other craft paint as desired. Hang on your tree or attach to packages for gift tags.

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