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Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments

These non-edible, applesauce cinnamon ornaments add a lovely scent to your home during the holidays. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min. + drying
  • Makes
    about 60 (1-1/2 inch) ornaments


  • 1 cup applesauce
  • Approximately 3/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • Green or red heavy thread
  • Straw or wooden skewer


  • In a large bowl, combine the applesauce and spices; mix well until a stiff dough forms, adding additional cinnamon if needed.
  • On a board dusted with additional cinnamon, roll out each portion of dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into shapes using 1-1/2-in. cookie cutters dipped in cinnamon. Reroll scraps. Place cutouts on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Using a straw or wooden skewer, make a small hole in the top of each of the ornaments.
  • Bake at 200° for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove to paper towels to dry thoroughly. When completely dry and cool, string a ribbon strip or piece of thread through each hole; tie the ends together to for a loop.
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