This works…you’ll never believe it, but it works. We made cinnamon applesauce Christmas ornaments this weekend. These ornaments are cool and they smell awesome! We started with 1/2 cup of applesauce and added an equal amount of cinnamon. At first, it mixed up pretty well and seemed right (whatever that is!) but we quickly found we needed more cinnamon. We didn’t measure but I’d say we ended up with another 1/2 cup of cinnamon. Anyhow, mix the two ingredients until they form a fairly dry, thick, clay-like consistency. Roll them out between sheets of waxed paper until they are 1/4 inch
thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and start them drying on a clean sheet of waxed paper. We poked holes in them to run a string through for proper hanging. Once they have dried about 24 hours, you can flip them and move them to a wire drying rack to finish. I think ours will be dry tonight (48 hours). Let me tell you, they smell awesome!
When I walk in the door at night, the cinnamon fills the air. I sort of want to lick them but I know better…
Just so you know, they do not taste as good as they smell. Isaac likes applesauce with cinnamon – a lot. He reasoned (as I always do) that if a little is good, a lot must be awesome. He tried some of the dough but quickly downed a bunch of water after eating a small bite (who am I to discourage a little first-hand experience?) Before Isaac’s bite, Abigail decided she would wait on her brother’s experience before she tried the dough (who am I to push her into reckless behavior?)
As with many crafty things, Isaac was mainly in a hurry to get things done. He did tough it out because it all smelled so good. We discovered that appley cinnamon leaves a pretty good stain on your hands but it washes off pretty easily. We also did a little science related to soil testing – Emily’s Dad is a civil engineer so he was able to rate the consistency of our dough compared to soil. I think he mainly enjoyed slamming balls of dough onto the waxed paper to see how much it compacted! It made a great cinnamon thump!