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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of McCormick.
When I saw this recipe for DIY Cinnamon Ornaments on the McCormick website, I just knew I had to do it with the girls. We have been talking about making salt dough ornaments, but I loved the idea of the smell of cinnamon wafting through the house!
I was really pleased with how easy the recipe is to make and how the ornaments turned out. This recipe makes around 12-15 ornaments. You could easily double the batch and have plenty of handmade Christmas presents for friends, family and neighbors!
You can either leave them plain, or paint them like we did.
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1 bottle (4.12 ounces) McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground (you can also grab 2 small bottles if they don’t have the large size at your store and measure 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cinnamon.).
- Cookie cutters
- Drinking straw
- Acrylic paint pens (optional)
- Red ribbon
- Preheat oven to 200°F.
- Mix applesauce and cinnamon with your hands in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed.
- Roll about 1/4 of the dough out at a time, with 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness, between two sheets of plastic wrap. If you make it thinner, the ornaments will curl when you bake them and break more easily.
- Peel off the top sheet of plastic wrap and use 2-3″ cookie cutters to make shapes.
- With a drinking straw, make a hole at the top of each ornament.
- Place ornaments on baking sheet, then bake for 2 1/2 hours. If you use a convection toaster oven rather than a conventional oven, the time will be shorter (start with 1 1/2 hours, then check on them).
- Cool the ornaments on wire rack.
- If you don’t want to bake them, you can allow the ornaments to dry at room temperature by carefully placing them on a wire rack and allowing them to stand for 1-2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.
- When they are cooled (or dried), use acrylic paint markers to decorate your ornaments.
- Then insert the ribbon through holes and tie to hang.