DIY – Cinnamon Ornaments

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Right now my entire house is filled with the delicious scent of cinnamon. You may be thinking I’m baking some sweets to savor later, but you’d be wrong! I’m trying something new and my 5-year-old was the perfect assistant for this kid-friendly baking project.

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Today we baked homemade cinnamon ornaments! I found the idea on Pinterest (of course!) and it was so simple (just 2 ingredients!) that I had to give it a go. Here’s what you’ll need and how to make ’em.

Ingredients & Supplies Needed:

– ¾ cup applesauce
– 1 bottle (4.12 ounces which measures out to a little more than a cup) McCormick® Cinnamon, ground
– Cookie cutters
– Drinking straw
– Ribbon or baker’s twine

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) *Add a tad bit more applesauce if the dough is still a little crumbly. Roll dough to ¼-inch to ⅓-inch thickness between two sheets of wax paper. Peel off top sheet of wax paper and cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at the top of each ornament with a drinking straw and place ornaments on baking sheet. *I covered my sheet with aluminum foil first.

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My happy little helper!

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2. Bake 2½ hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (To dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)

3. Insert ribbon (I used teal baker’s twine!) through holes and tie to hang on your tree!

My kiddo loved to help mix the ingredients, roll the dough and use the cookie-cutters to form the ornaments. It was such a fun little project and may just become a tradition we start for the holiday season. Whether you’re finishing up your last-minute shopping or spending some down-time with family, I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far. Stay merry & bright and happy DIY’ing!