Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cinnamon Paste Ornaments

We spent our Thanksgiving weekend in Portland, OR with my mom, sister & niece. It was really nice to be able to spend time with family that I don't get to see very often.

I brought a few things from home to make ornaments with the kids.

On Thanksgiving, after dinner, the kids and I made cinnamon paste ornaments.

Here's what we used:
1 C. Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Ground Cloves
1 Tbsp. Ground Nutmeg
2 Tbsp. Tacky Glue
1/4 C. Applesauce
A Cookie Sheet, Christmas Shape Cookie Cutters, Cooling Rack, Cooking Spray, Drinking Straw, Rolling Pin and an Oven preheated to 220 degrees.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until you have a large slightly firm ball of dough. Sprinkle your work surface and rolling pin lightly with cinnamon to prevent sticking. Press the dough down into a thick, round disc then roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut shapes with your cookie cutters. Be really careful when you're lifting these from your work area. I used a butter knife to lift an edge & then very gently slid a spatula under them to place them on the greased cookie sheet.

I got these at Safeway :)
After you've punched out your ornament shapes, use the drinking straw to punch holes in the ornaments to thread the ribbon. (We had to use a toothpick instead of a straw, if you do this make the hole big enough to string your ribbon).
Lightly spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray & arrange your ornaments closely but not touching on the tray. Bake in a 220 degree oven for 2 hours. The house will smell absolutely AMAZING while these are baking.
Once the ornaments have cooled string with curling or satin ribbon & tie tightly. Hang on the tree and enjoy for many years to come.
A really cute way to store your ornaments is in a little Christmas box. I picked a few of these up at Joann's for $1.49 each along with a small bag of green, white and red paper frizzle. Write your child's name on the bottom of the box with the date, add a little paper frizzle to prevent too much jiggling & secure the box with ribbon. 

Your kids will love finding their box of ornaments each year & hanging them on the tree themselves :)

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