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Monday, December 15, 2014

Cinnamon Decorations

The ingredients are simple: Ground Cinnamon, Apple Sauce, and a touch of glue. 
1:1 ratio of apple sauce and cinnamon.  Put the apple sauce in first then add the cinnamon.  Want it a little bit spicier?  When I had cut out 2/3 of the decorations, I added pumpkin spice for a slightly different fragrance.  ....sorry - back to the details.
Base Ingredients
I started with 1.5 cups apple sauce and 3/4 cup cinnamon and increased the cinnamon through the process.  I would recommend starting with a 1/2 cup batch if you are making miniature decorations. (For the most part, I mixed the dough with my hands.  Oh, do my hands smell good right now.)
Mix together
*mix together.  When it is about at the cookie dough consistency, add the glue.  Glue is supposed to help stabilize the decorations. Then continue to add the cinnamon until the dough changes to pie dough consistency.
Don't forget the glue
Roll it out to about double the thickness of a pie crust.  Powder both sides with cinnamon or whatever seasoning that you choose to add.
Pie Dough? No! But close ...
Supposedly you can use the larger cookie cutters to make larger ornaments.  But I have always made miniature ornaments.  The danger with larger ornaments is that they can be more sensitive to cracking as they dry.
Use those cookie cutters!
What is an ornament if you can't hang them up?  I use a toothpick to create a hole in the top of the ornament.  You will still need to use a needle and thread to create the tie on the top.  Many times during the drying process the holes will dry shut.  Watch for a future post to see how these turn out and what I do with them.    :^)
Ready to hang? ...don't forget the holes

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