Perfect Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

gingerbread man cinnamon applesauce ornaments

Last year, my kids and I had a blast making salt dough ornaments. This year, my daughter requested we try cinnamon applesauce ornaments. And I was totally on board!

Not only do these smell amazing, but there’s no flour involved. No baking is required. And they are a cinch to make!

cinnamon ornament cutouts displayed with snow falling

All you need is some applesauce (I used the cinnamon kind because why not), some basic white glue, nutmeg, and of course, cinnamon.

up close image of cinnamon applesauce ornaments

I love how rustic these ornaments look and the smell – Holy Christmas Kringle. Amazing!

This is a fantastic kids’ craft, but please remember that these ornaments are not edible. It’s very tempting because they smell so good, but these are for looks only.

Let’s get started.

cinnamon mixture for ornaments with measuring cup

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Recipe for Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

  • 3/4 cup Applesauce
  • I cup cinnamon (you can buy in bulk from Amazon!)
  • 2 Tablespoons White Glue (I used Elmer’s)
  • A few pinches of nutmeg or cloves

Other Tools Needed

No-Bake Cinnamon Ornaments: Step by Step

cutting out shapes from cinnamon applesauce dough
  1. The first thing you want to do is mix up all the ingredients in a bowl. I used a wooden spoon to mix everything.
  2. Once the mixture looks pretty well combined, use your hands to knead the cinnamon dough on the counter or table. I found that kneading is the secret to really perfect-looking cinnamon ornaments without cracks. Well, that and repeatedly rolling the dough out for each batch. (I’ll explain.)
  3. Roll your cinnamon dough out with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/4 inch thick or so.
  4. Use your favorite cookie cutters to make shapes. My favorite? The gingerbread men cutouts!
  5. Carefully remove cutouts and place them on your wax paper-covered cooling rack.
  6. Use a toothpick or blunt needle to make a small hole in each ornament for threading. Now just let them dry!

After The Ornaments Dry

  1. Allow the cinnamon ornaments to dry on the cooling rack for 48 hours. You may have to flip them once or twice until fully dry.
  2. After the ornaments are dry, take some baker’s twine and thread it through the hole in the ornaments. Create a little loop for hanging on the tree. I used a blunt needle to help pull the thread through the little holes.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Cinnamon Ornaments

up close image of cinnamon applesauce ornaments

I discovered a few tricks along the way. My initial ornaments were crackly looking on the top, and I ideally wanted smooth ornaments.

cinnamon ornaments on cooling rack

Why? Because I’m a perfectionist (and yes, I’m working on it). So I kept trying to perfect them until I figured it out.

  • Secret #1: Knead, knead, knead. At first, when I made this mixture, I was thinking no way were these crumbly ornaments going to work out. A-ha! I didn’t knead them enough! So keep kneading until you get a nice doughy consistency (really).
up close image of cinnamon applesauce ornaments
  • Secret #2: Work in small batches. When I tried to roll out a huge piece and make 10 cutouts at once, my ornaments cracked on me, and some were thinner/thicker. However, my ornaments were just about perfect when I knead a small bit of dough, roll it out and then use my cutouts. I would then repeat this process until I was completely out of dough. Small batches work best!
  • Secret #3: Fragility. These ornaments can be a little fragile! So be careful with handling them too roughly. I used a blunt needle with my baker’s twine to make it easier to thread the twine through – then, I didn’t have to be too rough with the ornaments.

I hope that helps you guys get perfect cinnamon applesauce ornaments!

up close image of cinnamon applesauce ornaments

Take it a step further

I left my ornaments fairly plain. But all you need is some white puffy paint to make a lookalike icing effect. You can even get a cute ribbon and tie them around the ornaments or gingerbread men like little scarves.

These cinnamon ornaments …

  • are pretty and rustic
  • make a great kids’ craft
  • smell so good
  • are inexpensive
  • get you in the holiday spirit
  • make amazing gift toppers
cinnamon ornament cutouts displayed with snow falling

I hope you guys have fun with this one!

xo Karen

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