This is a very fun and easy craft project to make with children. Makes wonderful smelling ornaments and pretty 'package tie-ons!'

Susan
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 servings
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Mix in the applesauce and glue. Work the mixture with your hands 2 to 3 minutes to form a ball. If mixture is too wet, add more cinnamon. If mixture is too dry, add more applesauce.

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  • Lightly dust a clean surface with cinnamon. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, and use a toothpick to make a hole at the top for hanging with a ribbon.

  • Dry in a slow oven 200 degrees F (100 degrees C) for several hours, or air dry in a sunny spot for 4 or 5 days. When dry, decorate with gingham and/ or ribbon.

Nutrition Facts

419.9 calories; protein 5.6g 11% DV; carbohydrates 118.1g 39% DV; fat 6.1g 9% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 32.2mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
I KNEW this recipe would stain hands countertop rolling pin etc... I was wrong. We were out of cloves so I substituted a mix of allspice mace and ginger. Worked great and smelled delicious. The longer you knead the dough the easier it was to work with. My kids and I (ages 5 & 7) made 29 ornament/gift ties from this recipe. Sand the edges after they dry to 'clean up' any rough spots. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2003
The idea is good with Cinnamon but the ornaments lost their holiday shapes when baked. Read More
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72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
I KNEW this recipe would stain hands countertop rolling pin etc... I was wrong. We were out of cloves so I substituted a mix of allspice mace and ginger. Worked great and smelled delicious. The longer you knead the dough the easier it was to work with. My kids and I (ages 5 & 7) made 29 ornament/gift ties from this recipe. Sand the edges after they dry to 'clean up' any rough spots. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2004
Very simple to make. I had to add a little bit more applesauce to get the right consistency. I would say don't bother adding the cloves or nutmeg - the cinnamon is so overwhelming that you don't really smell either one and it's a waste of expensive spices. I dried them in the oven and some cracked and others heaved a little. If you have the time to air dry them do it that way. You'll be happier with the finished product. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2003
This is a wonderful recipe!! We substituted 1 TB allspice instead of the cloves and nutmeg and used the tiny cookie cutters we ended up with 82 ornaments. Bamboo Skewers (not the pointed end) make good holes for hanging. Then we decorated them with acrylic paints. They make great gift tags or ornaments...and they made the house smell super!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2007
This scented my entire house. I only added Cinnamon not the other spices. I also added about 1/2 c to 1 c of flour. Seems to bind everything more. Tip: pat the mixture on plastic wrap (prevent sticking-easy clean-up) instead of rolling for less cracking. Make'm thick or they'll break! Use simple cutouts to prevent breaking. I baked for 2 hours turning every 1/2 hour to prevent sticking etc. They are wonderful!! Thanx. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2003
These tasted great! They gave me a horrible stomache ache though. =( Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2006
These are adorable and the smell is divine! Roll them out thick otherwise the thin ones tend to crack. We used a straw to make the holes and then decorated them with white red and green puffy paint. So cute and the kids had so much fun. Wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2006
I made them 3 years ago and they still smell great. I made several X-mas tree ornaments and gift tags/tie ons with this recipe. I had a couple of problems though: some of them warped and others had cracks. Does anybody know how to avoid these problems? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2009
The house smells so good having made this recipe! Thank you Susan for sharing. I used a cup of applesauce and skipped the glue because it is not necessary and makes the dough harder to work with. Plastic throw-away gloves are a good idea. This recipe made 9 ornaments. (size shown in photo) I found a dollar store is the best place to purchase cinnamon for this project and I use the cheap store brand applesauce. Because I made the ornaments a bit thick I tried cooking them in the oven at 200. After a couple hours when they were getting near done I noticed they were starting to curl. I took them out immediately and allowed them to air dry. I first made this recipe about 20 years ago and the ornaments are as good as ever. I do nothing special to store them just pack them away with the rest of the Christmas tree balls. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2003
These ornaments turned out really well in the end but I had to use more applesauce than the recipe called for because the dough was really crumbly. Other than that I really enjoyed making them with my daughter. One hint...we used glitter glue little round red hot candies and hot glue gun to add decorations to the ornaments. They look really pretty that way. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2003
The idea is good with Cinnamon but the ornaments lost their holiday shapes when baked. Read More
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