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How to make No-Bake Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Reposting for those of you wanting to get a head start on holiday preparation! These would be easy to modify for fall too; just use a pumpkin or leaf cookie cutter.

DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornament Recipe

When I was a kid, a friend of mine gave me a cinnamon applesauce heart, and I remember keeping it as one of my special treasures for quite some time. I think I kept it in one of my dresser drawers, and I remember that it smelled good for ages.

I’d kind of forgotten about that until recently when I saw a couple of cinnamon applesauce ornament recipes circulating around the web.

Christmas tree cookie cutter in cinnamon applesauce dough

So, I thought it would be fun to make a batch of them with my kids.

Fortunately, they’re really simple and they require only a few inexpensive ingredients.

Cinnamon Applesauce ingredients

What ingredients do you need for cinnamon ornaments?

  • applesauce
  • cinnamon
  • glue (which is optional)

I used cheap unsweetened commercial applesauce because heaven knows I’m not going to waste my precious homemade applesauce on inedible ornaments.

cinnamon and applesauce

And you can get cinnamon for $1 or less…it’s $0.99 at Aldi, and I think you can sometimes get it for $0.50 a bottle at dollar stores.

cheap cinnamon

You will need 2 cups of cinnamon, so get the cheapest stuff you can find. This is not the time for gourmet cinnamon!

Do you need to use glue for applesauce cinnamon ornaments?

The glue showed up in some recipes I saw and not in others, so we made a batch with glue and a batch without, and I have to say, there was no appreciable difference.

So, I’d label that as an optional ingredient.

Do you have to bake cinnamon ornaments?

Nope. If you’ve got time aplenty, you can just let the ornaments sit on the baking sheet for a couple of days, until they’re nice and hard.

If you are in more of a rush, you can bake them for 2.5 hours.

How do you make cinnamon ornament dough?

To make the dough for these, just mix 2 cups of applesauce and two cups of cinnamon (plus a tablespoon of glue if you like.)

cinnamon applesauce ornament dough

The dough should be fairly stiff, or it’ll be too sticky to roll out. So if it seems too wet, just mix in a bit more cinnamon.

Dust your countertop with cinnamon, and roll the dough out, just like you would if you were making real cookies.

rolled-out cinnamon applesauce dough

Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I wouldn’t choose anything too large because the possibility of breakage is higher with a large ornament.

cutting out cinnamon applesauce ornaments

Incidentally, I’m so used to snitching small bits of cookie dough, I very nearly ate this dough several times because it looks like a delicious sort of ginger cookie. Fortunately, I caught myself in time.

Cinnamon applesauce ornament recipe

Place the ornaments on a cookie sheet, and reroll the scraps to make more ornaments.

rolled-out cinnamon applesauce ornament dough

Use a toothpick or a straw to make a hole at the top of the ornaments. Make the hole bigger than you think it should be, since the ornaments will shrink some as they dry.

straw to poke hole in applesauce ornament

I just wiggled the toothpick around until the hole was large enough.

cinnamon applesauce ornaments drying

Now, several of the recipes I came across suggested baking these at 200 ° F for 2.5 hours, but on the day we made these, we didn’t have time for that.

So, we just left ours on the baking sheets to dry at room temperature (which does take longer, but you don’t have to actually be involved in the process!)

This took a few days, but of course, that can vary a lot depending on how dry the air in your house is.

I didn’t find it necessary to put ours on racks, and I didn’t turn them until the very end, when they were quite firm and there was just a small wet spot on the bottom.

How to fix ragged cinnamon ornament edges

If the edges of your ornaments are a little ragged (ours were!), you can use a small piece of sandpaper to clean them up, and then they’ll look all lovely and neat.

Sanded on the left, not sanded on the right:

cinnamon applesauce ornament

How to make hangers for cinnamon ornaments

You can use a variety of things to make the hanger for these ornaments. I just rummaged around in my jar of spare ribbons and came up with these.

how to hang cinnamon applesauce ornaments

Hey, did you know that if your ribbon is polyester, you can melt the ends so that they don’t fray? I just light a match and hold the ribbon above it until the ends melt.

(Please do be careful since matches are fire and all. 😉 )

Hang your ornaments on your tree.

Or attach them to a package.

Or make a garland with them (I think stars would be perfect for that!)

cinnamon applesauce ornaments on tree

How to make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

No Bake Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

These ornaments cost almost nothing and are super easy to make, even for beginners.

Materials

  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 2 cups ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon glue (optional)

Tools

  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Baking Sheet

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine applesauce and cinnamon. If dough is too wet, add more cinnamon.
  2. Sprinkle countertop with cinnamon, and then roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters, and place ornaments on an ungreased baking sheet. Use a toothpick to make a hole at the top of each shape for hanging purposes.
  3. Reroll scraps to make more ornaments.
  4. Let ornaments dry on baking sheets for several days, or until completely dry. Alternatively, bake in a 200 ° F oven for 2.5 hours.
  5. If desired, lightly sand edges of ornaments to remove any raw edges.
  6. Thread ribbon or string through holes in tops of ornaments for hanging purposes.

Want more projects? Here are 10 inexpensive DIY ornament ideas.

Cinnamon Applesauce ornament recipe

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Cindy Garrison

Monday 15th of November 2021

I made these years ago...maybe 20? And last year several crumbled. They still smelled great! I made 2 inch gingerbread boys and strung them on a ribbon to fit in my kitchen windows sideways. Idrew icing face with squeeze paint. So cute.

Jessy

Friday 29th of October 2021

A friend of mine said that you can use a dehydrator for these as well and said it seemed to do better than the oven.

Rhiannon

Friday 15th of October 2021

1. The glue is for longevity, helps them stay together through the years. I have some from a batch we made when my girls were early grade school, this year, I am making them with the grandkids, who are early grade school. 2. Never Laquer/top coat. Besides the homemade cuteness, the smell is what you want from these. Kinda goes against that. :) 3. Things to add for fun...Names (great for personalizing/gift toppers), ribbons, paint (white puff with some fine glitter looks awesome!), buttons, mini pine cones/flowers (fairy garden sizeish lol) 4. If baking, use parchment paper! Also, make sure to flip.

Bernadine

Monday 11th of October 2021

I love this idea. Thank you for sharing. What a simple and pretty decoration.

Meghan Doubet

Saturday 26th of December 2020

Can I leave these hanging in my house year round?

Kristen

Saturday 26th of December 2020

Yes! They will lose some of their scent over time, but you can hang them up as long as you like.

Since they're totally dry, they won't mold as you leave them hanging.

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