These Easy Baked Cinnamon Ornaments are an easy fun crafty for kids that smell amazing hanging on your Christmas tree!
Today I'm going to share with you the easiest (and most delicious smelling) homemade ornaments ever: Homemade Baked Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments.
Several weeks ago I signed up for an ornament swap with a whole slew of other bloggers. I was really excited about the whole thing!! A fun way to share the Christmas spirit with a stranger and maybe make a new friend, broaden my "blog" world, etc.
We were all paired up and when I got my assignment, it was Kimberley from Orange Marigolds. We were given a little info about what our partner liked and Kimberley loved homemade ornaments.
Decorate a cake? Absolutely!! Pull out the glitter and glue and construction paper with my kids and make something cute? Not so much. Make a homemade ornament... um.... (insert head-scratching...)
Anyway, my very first thought after realizing I probably shouldn't attempt making ornaments was Mercy House.
I had just seen that they were doing really pretty handmade heart ornaments and had them for sale in their shop! It was a perfect solution!!! I could send Kimberley a handmade ornament and support a fair trade ministry that is near and dear to my heart.
Except well... lots of people apparently fell in love with the Mercy House ornaments and mine didn't ship as quickly as I'd planned. And then what should have been 3 days in the mail turned into 7? or 8? I lost track.
I waited, and waited...and tried to be patient. And then I panicked. I had committed to mailing the ornament by December 1 and I was already late. And I didn't have a plan B.
Homemade Baked Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments
And that, my friends, is how it came about that I made these Easy Baked Cinnamon Ornaments. First I got on Pinterest to look at homemade ornaments. Um, bad idea for a non-crafty person. I was pretty sure I couldn't even make the stuff deemed doable for pre-schoolers. I was in way over my head.
But then it occurred to me. I needed to get back in my comfort zone. So I googled cookie ornaments and baked ornaments and now the internet was speaking my language. I saw Salt Dough Ornaments, Gingerbread Ornaments recipes and on and on and on with the ideas....
My first thought was, I'm craving these gingerbread cookies. 😁 But then I had to get back on track...
I really wanted to try the Gingerbread Ornaments recipe, but when I finally landed on this recipe by McCormick, I was sold! Two simple ingredients. Ready in just a couple of hours. No painting or gluing or being overly "crafty" required.
Steps to Make Baked Cinnamon Ornaments:
- Make dough (I can do that).
- Roll it out (I can do that).
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes (I can do that).
- And bake... YES, I can do that too!
And they smell amazing. Relief washed over me.
A few hours later, I had these really pretty (if I might say so myself), amazing smelling ornaments that made my heart happy! I had made ornaments... WOW... I HAD MADE HOMEMADE ORNAMENTS. Easy Baked Cinnamon Ornaments!! I was pretty excited!! Haha!
Note: these ornaments cannot be eaten. I mean, they can - the ingredients are edible, but you really shouldn't. Trust me - one of my kids wanted to try!
I packaged them up and got them ready to mail to Kimberley that same day and even though (very) late, I was crossing my fingers and hoping she liked them and could forgive my tardiness!
So - do you wanna learn how to make them? They're oh-so-easy-peasy... if I can do them, anybody can! Let's get busy:
Easy Baked Cinnamon Ornaments
Here's what you'll need:
- ¾ cup applesauce
- 1 - 1 ¼ cup ground cinnamon (about 2 bottles)
- Cookie cutters
- Drinking straw
- Colorful ribbon or baker's twine
Preheat oven to 200°F.
Update: over the years, I've had a few readers complain about the texture of the dough. This comment from reader Cheyenne just made my day and might help you:
I had absolutely no problem at all and I didn’t even measure. I dumped in 2 bottles of cinnamon and then added apple sauce until I was comfortable with the dough. Not sure what the issue that everyone seemed to be having was? It’s to dry? Add more applesauce. It’s too wet? Add more cinnamon. Lol, thanks for the recipe!
Dust a smooth surface with more cinnamon and also dust the top of the ball to get ready to roll out your dough.
Roll it out evenly to about ¼" thick. I used my cookie guide sticks from my EZ Dough set to roll it out evenly.
Then cut out your shapes and lay them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. I did all stars but you could do any shape... snowmen, snowflakes, Christmas trees, candy canes... the sky is the limit! I like the winter cookie cutters! (I had to ball my dough back up and roll it out again a couple of times to use up all the dough)
Use a drinking straw to poke a hole in each ornament before baking!
Once you them all ready, pop them in the oven and let them bake away slowly for 2 hours! I think I ended up with around 15 ornaments total (two different size stars).
The only thing left to do is add a ribbon or twine and hang them on your tree! Or in my case, package them up and send to a friend!
And that's it! PS. My Mercy House ornament arrived two days after I mailed Kimberley's ornaments and is proudly hanging on my tree 🙂 Do you make homemade baked ornaments? Tell me about them!
Here's the printable recipe for ya:Print