Hello, fellow crafty people! Yep, still in holiday mode and just completed my latest craft. Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments. I have seen these around for years and have never made any. I came across a few "recipes" on the internet and reviewed the rumblings of its makers. The ornaments don't seem to dry properly and crumble. I found a recipe at Food.com (you can follow the link here) and gave it a whirl. Well, problem solved. Glue is the solution. I also doubled the recipe and managed to get a baker's dozen of ornaments. Remember, because there is glue in the recipe, make sure the kiddos don't try to eat the dough, or feed them to the dog or Dad. That would be bad.
Here's the recipe I used:
1-1/2 cups cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup warm applesauce (25 seconds or so in the microwave will do it)
4 tablespoons white glue
Mix it all together in a bowl and then knead until stiff. (The mixture was a bit crumbly, but held together nicely when I formed it into a ball.)
I then worked in batches and sandwiched the dough between some plastic wrap instead of the foil that was recommended so I could gauge the thickness of the dough when rolling it out to 1/4".
I used a nice big snowflake cookie cutter and used a straw to make to hole for the ribbon. Very important step. Don't forget!
Then I set them to dry on the rack. Our house is very cool when it's rainy, so I just let them air dry out for a few days on the table. I think next time I will try drying them in the dehydrator.
After they were all dried out, I used an unused nail file to tidy up the ragged back edges. Worked nicely it did!
I found some pretty red and white ribbons and tied it on the ornament by folding it in half and slipping it through the hole, and then slipping the tails through the loop. Then I tied a knot at the middle of the ribbon, leaving about a 3" loop for the hanger. Then I tied a nice little bow at the top to settle the ornament nicely on the branch of the Christmas tree. I put a little clear nail polish on the back of the bow to secure it and left that to dry.
The cinnamon and nutmeg make the house smell heavenly!
By the way, there are only 9 Fridays until Christmas! :)