I have been seeing homemade cinnamon ornaments all over the Internet and I decided that I had to make some. They are actually pretty simple. I used the recipe from the McCormick website, which called for a 4.12 jar of McCormick's Ground Cinnamon and 3/4 cup of applesauce. I decided to double the recipe, because I really had no idea how many ornaments a batch might make.
|Just two ingredients, cinnamon and applesauce.|
The recipe had warned that I would need to use my hands to get it mixed well. They were right.
|I'm not a fan of ick on my hands, so I donned some gloves.|
|And dug right in.|
|Lovely, isn't it?|
The instructions called for putting a ball of dough between two layers of plastic wrap. For a minute I thought I was in trouble.
|Oops, end of the line.|
|Luckily, I found another package.|
Then came the fun part!
|I used a straw to make a hole to be able to hang them.|
|Ready to go in the oven.|
Since I had made a double batch, it only took half the dough to fill two cookie sheets. I packaged the rest of the dough up in a plastic bag and put it in the fridge to do another time.
Two and a half hours later:
Unfortunately, I was not totally thrilled with how they came out. The edges had curled up on them, so they looked a bit so-so.
I went ahead and played with them a bit, trying out various hangers.
They were okay, but I wasn't satisfied. Happily though, I still had half the dough left in the fridge.
This time I decided to make them thicker, to see if that would fix the curling problem. I also used my finger to smooth out any rough edges. When necessary, I dampened my finger a tiny, tiny bit to help smooth it.
|I decided to use just the Christmas tree cookie |
cutter. It had seemed like one of the sturdier shapes.
I wondered if the first batch had overcooked a bit, so I shortened the baking time to just two hours It seemed to do the trick! Here they are laid out cooling:
|Nine little non-curling trees.|
Now that is the look I was going for! I'm happy with them now.
|All ribboned up.|
On a related note: My house smells wonderful!
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