Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments(adapted from katy elliott)
Makes between 30-40 ornaments depending on the size of your cookie cutters.
1 cup of applesauce
1 1/2 cups cinnamon (look for a big containers at the Dollar Store)
2 tablespoons ground cloves optional
You will also need: cookie cutters (I used mini-Christmas themed ones) and string for hanging (I used red embroidery thread)
- Preheat your oven to 200ºF.
- Mix 1 cup of applesauce with 1 cup of cinnamon in a large bowl. This is the kinda recipe you’ll need to use your hands to really incorporate the spices. Make sure you don’t miss any wet spots.
- Add the additional 1/2 cup of cinnamon, cloves and continue to incorporate. If it’s too wet add more cinnamon, too dry add more applesauce; keeping in mind, it takes time to mix so don’t add cinnamon or applesauce till you’re absolutely sure it’s well mixed.
- Scatter some cinnamon (like if you were rolling out cookies with flour) and roll out applesauce/cinnamon dough to ~1/4″ thick. If the dough is too wet it will make a huge mess and stick to your rolling pin.
- Use your cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. If you have added enough cinnamon, the edges will be clean and even.
- Place the hearts on a cookie sheet with parchment/wax paper. The hearts can be really close together but not touching; they won’t rise in the oven.
- Using a skewer carefully make a hole through each heart. Stick the ornaments in the oven for an hour or more. The juice from the applesauce needs to evaporate. I had them in the oven for ~1.5 hours and then I turned the oven off and left them to set overnight. They should be rock hard. If they’re not, give them some more time in the oven.
- The next day loop a string through each of the holes to hang on the tree, string together to make a garland or attach to a package.
|Dough should be about this consistency when ready to roll...|
|The dough should easily form an even ball; if it's crumbly, add more applesauce.|
|Ready to roll it out, with cinnamon on your rolling surface.|
|Keep rolling and cutting until you've used up all your dough.|
|Don't forget to makes holes so you can hang them!|
|After baking, they should be hard and dry all the way through.|