Tuesday, December 01, 2015

DIY: Cinn-Apple Ornaments


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


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


Optional:
Acrylic paints
Glitter
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 Cooks.com 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!


This is the fourth in a 6-part series on DIY projects for the home gardener. Look for the next installments in this DIY blog series on the 1st of each month (through January 2016) here at washingtongardener.blogspot.com.

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