Cinnamon and the holidays are a perfect pairing. There’s something about the spicy scent that calls to mind cozy meals with family and delectable holiday treats. This year, try putting this delicious holiday scent at the center of your festivities by infusing your tree with baked cinnamon Christmas ornaments.An Old Fashioned Tradition for the Modern Family
Much like popping corn and stringing it around a Christmas tree, baking cinnamon ornaments is a fun Christmas project for the whole family. And as a result, your home will be filled with this wonderful holiday spice. Carve out a weekend afternoon to work with your children, grandchildren or younger relatives on this fun and aromatic craft project.
Sprucing Up the Scent of Your Artificial Tree
If you were fortunate enough to find the perfect artificial Christmas tree sale or Christmas tree clearance, but you feel the tree lacks the authenticity of the warm aroma of a live tree, you can add pine scent. And with the addition of the cinnamon ornaments, your tree will be infused with an extra dose of warm holiday aromas. Once you take your artificial Christmas tree from its Christmas tree storage bag and set it up, it will be ready for cinnamon ornaments to adorn its branches.
Make a Large Batch of Dough for Many Ornaments
Ensure that everyone will have as many ornaments as they would like to take home at the end of the day, and that you have plenty to deliver as gifts to friends and family. Make a batch that would make celebrity chef Paula Deen proud. Paula’s recipe for this classic craft yields 40 to 50 stars, or sachets.
Choose Your Own Favorite Shapes for Your Cinnamon Ornaments
Add a little extra fun to the process by choosing a collection of different shapes. Snowmen, wreaths and Christmas trees are excellent choices for your cinnamon ornament shapes. These classic silhouettes will look great hanging from your holiday centerpiece, whether it’s a standard Christmas tree or a pre-lit Christmas tree.
What Would Paula Deen Do?
It’s time to get the ball (of dough) rolling. In true Paula Deen fashion, you can make the perfect cinnamon ornament specimens to stand the test of time and create memories for holidays to come.
Follow the recipe and the steps below to create ornaments and keepsakes for those you love.
- Make a trip to the grocery store. Make sure you have ground cinnamon, applesauce and parchment paper on hand to make your ornaments.
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the Ingredients. Add 4 cups of ground cinnamon and 3 cups of applesauce to a mixing bowl.
- Stir the ingredients. Once the ingredients are in the bowl, stir and mix until they form dough. If the ingredients start to harden and you cannot use the spoon, take the dough and mold it with your hands, spreading it out in a circle on a flat surface. Use a rolling pin to ensure the dough is a consistent thickness.
- Measure your dough to be approximately ½ inch thick. While it will take a little longer to cool, the ornaments will not be as fragile as they would be if you made them less than ½ inch.
- Cut the dough into shapes.
- Bake your ornaments for 1 ½ to 2 hours.
- Let your ornaments dry. Place your ornaments on the parchment on the baking sheets and let them dry and cool.
- Distribute, decorate and enjoy.