It had been several years since the Munchkins and I made these. They just last forever! It was about time we had freshened up our Christmas tree ornaments. Many were broken and ready for replacements. So this year I gathered our crew along with a few extra children {a niece and 2 nephews} and we made ourselves cheap,  fresh,  fun, handmade, nostalgic ornaments!I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of the amazing aroma that takes over our home when these ornaments bake. The whole house becomes infused with the smell of Christmas. Absolutely divine!

There are only a few short days left until Christmas. But just enough time to make these If you’re looking for a way to naturally bring in that “Christmasy Aroma”  or just have a fun craft for the kids. This recipe is so simple, easy & fun! And only 2 natural ingredients & no glue! Easy peasy!


{Printable Recipe available below.}

All you need is some cheap applesauce {never “waste” that good ol’ homemade stuff on ornaments.} Instead purchase those double packs {64 oz each} Applesauce at your local bulk store. {Sams Club or Costco.}

And don’t forget to grab a large bulk container of Ground Cinnamon while you’re at it!
Otherwise this cheap craft will become more expensive than you’re
wanting to bargain for.

Dump in half of a jar of applesauce {32 oz} into a large mixing bowl. Next add 4 cups of cinnamon. Yes, it’s a lot! But, this is what makes them smell so, so good! Next just mix with spoon or hands {works nicely!} ::wink::

You may or may not have to add more cinnamon. You are aiming for a pliable roll-able dough. So, if yours hasn’t achieved that yet, just add more cinnamon or applesauce until it’s just right.

Next divide your dough into small portions. {1/4 of the dough at at time} It makes it much easier to work with. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on your working space, and roll out your dough to a 1/4 or 1/3 inch thickness.


Next step is to grab those cookie cutters and all those helping hands and get to work cutting out some shapes!

Place your shapes on cinnamon dusted baking sheets and poke holes for your string with the end of a straw. If you choose to bake your ornaments {Which I highly recommend, just for the aroma sake of things!} You’ll bake them at 200 degrees F for 2 hours of complete Christmasy aroma bliss. With the lingering faint smells of cinnamon for days. Ah, yes.Once cooled Insert ribbon through holes and tie string to hang. May be decorated with glue, glitter and paint, if desired. We chose to leave them the “natural way”.

Enjoy some fun with your Kiddos and deep breaths of Christmasy bliss. Plan to Eat subscribers click the “Plan to Eat Button” and save recipe to your very own recipe stash!

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                     Apple-Cinnamon Ornaments



  • 32 oz applesauce
  • 4+ cups cinnamon Ground
  • cookie cutters
  • drinking straw
  • ribbon
  • glue, glitter & paint if you desire


  1. Preheat oven to 200°F.
  2. Mix applesauce and cinnamon with hands in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap; cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Make a hole in top of ornament with drinking straw. Place ornaments on baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)
  4. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. May be decorated with with glue, glitter and paint, if desired.
  5. *Ornaments are not edible.
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