Monday, December 3, 2012

Potpourri: Baked Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

I haven't done a potpourri (a non dessert post) in awhile! But this art project was just begging to be shared. And it DID involve baking.
 
My room mate and I decided that this past weekend was the weekend to get our Christmas tree. We had decided to get a bigger tree than last year which meant we needed more ornaments. I saw a post on these cinnamon and applesauce ornaments and knew where we would be getting those ornaments from!
My room mate was in charge of rolling out the dough and cutting the shapes. He did a very good job.
He even made a mess! Such a good start to the ornaments! (Remember: If it's a mess, it's a success!)
 
Annalise from and now for something completely delicious (I just love blogs with long names!) didn't decorate her ornaments, but I saw an opportunity to use my glue gun, ribbons, and gems! (And the opportunity for wine.)
I mean, it WAS a tree decorating party. Wine was a no brainer. ;)
How cute is this snowman with his scarf?!
The Christmas lights nicely reflect off these decorative gems on the candy cane.
 
There are two special ornaments that we made because I had cookie cutters in their shapes.
Yes. I own a PacMan cookie cutter set. Not the usual suspects, eh?
Our Christmas tree looked so lovely once we were done decorating it. The red ribbon that we used for some of the cinnamon ornaments really turned out pretty and ended up looking like bows on the tree from far away.

This was such an easy and fun craft project that I plan on making it a yearly tradition. You should try it too!

Baked Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments (from and now for...delicious)
Ingredients
1 cup applesauce
1-1 1/4 cup (130 grams) ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cloves (optional)
 
Instructions
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves (if using). It may take a few minutes for the mixture to come together. You want the dough to be able to form a ball without being too sticky. Add additional applesauce or cinnamon if needed.  (Erika's Extras: I found that the extra 1/4 cup of cinnamon was much needed.) You can mix the dough by hand, it may just take longer.
2. Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon (like you would with flour while rolling out pie dough). Place the dough on the surface and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick, sprinkling with more cinnamon to keep from sticking.
3. Cut out into desired shapes and place on the prepared sheet pan so that they aren't touching. Use a skewer to poke a hole into each ornament (to attach string). (Erika's Extras: I used the small end of a chopstick to make the holes.) Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until rock hard. (Erika's Extras: I found that the thin ones needed at least 1.5 hours and the rest were over 2 hours.)
4. Loop a decorative string through the ornament and hang on your tree. (Erika's Extras: This is the time to decorate the ornaments if you want to.)
Notes: Ornaments may also be dried at room temperature over several days.
Ornaments are not extremely fragile, but they can break. Handle with care.
Do not eat.
Bake well and prosper!

3 comments:

  1. Hi Erika! That was a very clever and interesting idea! I had never thought about that. Too bad that I had already put up and decorated my X'mas tree last week. I'm definitely going to do that next year!

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  2. I love these! The little snowman is adorable!

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  3. Hi Erika,

    Your post reminded me of a year that one of friends made baked ornaments for me too and my husband thought that they were cookies and ate them... LOL!

    I must say this is truly a clever and personalized way to beautify Christmas.

    Zoe

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