12 Days of Christmas Day 8 {Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments}

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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments from Life on Lakeshore Drive

Today, I’m excited to introduce Kathy, from Life on Lakeshore Drive.  Kathy is one of the sweetest bloggers I know.  She’s always leaving me kind comments.  I’m thrilled to have her sharing a project on my site today.

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Hi, everyone!  I am Kathy and I blog over at Life on Lakeshore Drive.   I am so honored to here today, and participating in the 12 Days of Christmas with the talented guests.  I am a third grade teacher by and a crafter by night.  I have 2 children in college, and blessed with a patient husband.  If I’m not working on my latest project, you can find me on Pinterest!

Today I am sharing a fun cinnamon & applesauce recipe to make ornaments.  This is definitely not a new recipe, because I made some of these ornaments almost 20 years ago that I still use every year!  I have a few projects that I wanted to create using these ornaments.  This is a super easy and fun project to do with children, too!  The best part is they make your house smell divine.  There are so many recipes for these ornaments, but I followed the recipe from McCormick’s.

These are the miniature ornaments that I made many years ago!  I store them in the jar, and they still smell wonderful.

You only need 2 ingredients:  3/4 cup applesauce and 1 (4.2 oz.) bottle of cinnamon.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Combine the applesauce and cinnamon in a bowl, and mix very well.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments ingredients well mixed

Once you have thoroughly combined the ingredients, form into a ball.   Go ahead and dig right in!  The easiest way to mix it well is with your hands!

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough rolled into a ball

Place on wax paper, and cover with wax paper.  Using the rolling pin, roll out to about 1/4 ” thickness.  I like the look of the thicker ornaments best.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments from Life on Lakeshore Drive

Cut out the desired shapes you want to use, and start over forming another ball and rolling.  Continue these steps until you have used all the dough.  Lay the ornaments on a cookie sheet, and make a hole in the top of each piece.  I have found using a coffee stirrer is the perfect size.  Poke the stirrer in the ornament, and give it several twists.  The stirrer picks up the dough, and leaves a perfect hole.   Bake at 200 degrees for 2 -21/2 hours.

You can also let them air dry for 2 days.  I did have a few ornaments that wouldn’t fit in the oven, and I didn’t have time to bake another batch.  I will say that the cooked ornaments have a richer color than the ones left to dry naturally. 

I made a double batch because I wanted to make a lot of the larger ornaments this time.

These ornaments can be used in so many way!

The reason I made the larger ornaments this year was because I wanted to use them on a small Christmas tree in my kitchen.  I plan on adding the ornaments, the cookie cutters, and colorful ribbon.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments/Gift tags

The ornaments make adorable gift tags.  I used scrapbooking appliques to add initials, but you could can also use paint pens or puffy fabric paint.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments from Life on Lakeshore Drive

They make cute decorations in cloches or mini cupcake holders, or just tie them to the lid with pretty ribbon for a little extra Christmas cheer.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments from Life on Lakeshore Drive
I used white pens and puffy fabric paint on the ornaments above.  

Other fun ways to use these ornaments:

  • Make a wreath using the ornaments and cookie cutters
  • Put in a drawer or car 
  • Glue on card for a name card on the table

I want to thank Heidi for the pleasure of sharing with you today!  This is such a fun and easy project to do with your children and make special Christmas memories that will last for many years to come.  I would love for you to stop by for a visit.


Thanks, Kathy, for sharing your ornaments.  I made some of them when I was a kid, so they bring  back great memories.  (I can still smell them!)  Be sure to check out Kathy’s Mantels and Tablescapes Blog Hop.  A lot of really fun ideas have been shared!


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  1. Kathy is one of the most creative bloggers around. She amazes me with her ideas. I so enjoy everything she does. And showing us how to make these cinnamon and applesauce ornaments is no exception. I have never tried this, but I can almost smell them through the screen. I will definitely be making some. They would make great holiday scents!

  2. These look wonderful, and so easy! I’m sure they would smell fantastic, too. I’m definitely giving them a try :)

  3. I just Love ❤Love❤ Love❤ these. I 1st made them over 33 years ago & still have my 1st ones❤.
    They are just terrific & smell still smell cinnamony *¤°´¯`❤´¯`°¤* We put some away & pack them–> over the years & moving from the Northern suburbs of Chicago,Wisc,Farther N Wisc, 3000 east, then as husband got promoted 4 moretimes around the New England area/NJ/NY until 9-11 we managed to only break a few out of over 80 ornaments for the tree. Then we totally LEFT the area soon after But These if made the right thickness -as you see WILL last forever-And Not just Christmas.°´¯`❤´¯`° W made onto hanging double wall ornaments that match collectibles. If it is a collection of wooden cows we made cinnamon cows to hang in tiers near, if stars, if dolls, teddy bears…*¤°´¯`❤´¯`°¤* I keep them in a cookie tin & most hand on like a twine, off kitchen cabinets ends w/collections on top, even on wee shelves along side. *I have Never used the recipe with glue?* I made a *mass* recipe with a good friend for Gifts to give to all Girl Scout Leaders at my Council 25 yrs a ago we gave them these big Hearts & pretty bath salts in a clear bottle in alternating colors. Lots of work from us But they were Day Camp & Girl Scout Leaders all Volunteers-I was their director & my friend co-director. Given out at a nice potluck. Also you Can add Cinnamon Oils to recipe.Thank for your article great writing*¤°´¯`❤´¯`°¤*

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