Nina and I have been house-bound a lot lately, with the weather being treacherous and the fact that I, you know, waddle. Last week it dumped a bunch of snow, so I decided to make these little cinnamon ornaments for our mini Christmas tree.
The ingredients are pretty simple: 1 1/2 cups of powdered cinnamon, 1 cup of applesauce and 1/4 cup of Elmer's school glue. Just combine these in a bowl and knead together until it forms a dough (you can add a little water if the dough is too stiff). Let it sit for 30 minutes in the bowl, then just roll it out like regular cookies and use cookie cutters to make Christmas shapes. I used more powdered cinnamon to spread on the counter to keep the dough from sticking. Use a drinking straw or toothpick to create a little hole at the top of each cookie so you can thread a ribbon through it later.
Cook in a 170 degree oven for one hour, turning over halfway through. Allow to cool. I actually left mine out overnight to harden before we strung them. Ta-da!
Here's a few photos of the whole process. Nina loved cutting out the cookies!
Here are some of the shapes when they were all ready to hang on the tree!
We hung the cookies on the little pine branch centerpiece on my kitchen table. Nina loves to talk about it when we are all sitting there. She is so proud of herself!
(I apologize to the person whose blog I found this on. I have been hunting but can't seem to remember who posted the recipe. If it was you, or if you know who it was, please tell me so I can stop hogging the credit!)
Have a great weekend!