DIY: Cinn-Apple Ornaments

Make these leather-like cookies for gift tags, holiday tree ornaments, or to hang from a cabinet knob.

5 oz. cinnamon
1 ½ cups flour
20 oz. applesauce

Acrylic paints
Ribbon or Wire

Put cinnamon, flour, and applesauce in a large bowl, blend with a spoon. Knead mixture into a ball. It should have the consistency of a thick cookie dough or Playdough. It should roll out without cracking. If it is too dry, add more applesauce, 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too moist, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Divide dough into two sections and roll each section into a 1/4 inch sheet. Sprinkle the surface, rolling pin, and your hands with flour when working with the dough. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Punch a hole in each for hanging using a skewer. You can also press into the cookies with letter stamps or other designs.

Slip ornaments onto baking sheet with a spatula and bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. Check frequently. If ornaments bake too long, the edges will curl. Remove to a wire rack and cool. Let them fully dry for a day or two. They will lighten in color a bit as they dry. If there is excess flour on a cookie, use a pastry brush to sweep it off.

You can leave them as is or decorate them with glitter or acrylic paints. Store them after the holidays in a wax paper-lined box in a cool, dry place.

Note that these are not intended for eating, but will not harm you if you do.
This makes about 60 small ornaments. 
Adapted from a recipe.
Tip: You can buy bottles of cheap cinnamon at the dollar store.
Bonus: your home will be filled with cinnamon-scented goodness for days!

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