December 20, 2011

Nutmeg/Cinnamon Holiday Ornaments

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Each year for Christmas, my kids make homemade ornaments to give to loved ones as gifts.,  One year we made salt dough, cut it into shapes and painted them.  Last year, we made fridge magnets with Perler Beads (plastic beads that fit onto a pegboard, then get ironed so the pieces melt together).

This year, my daugfhter painted pinecones and we tied them with Christmas ribbon.  And we made nutmeg ornaments!

I love these because they are easy to make, plus they smell so good.

You’ll need nutmeg or cinnamon, applesauce and a variety of cookie cutters.

To make the dough, mix 3 ounces of ShopRite cinnamon OR nutmeg with about 1/4 cup smooth applesauce.  The chunky applesauce won’t work, so make sure you get the smooth kind.

Mix the two ingredients together to make the dough.  Add more applesauce as needed if the dough is too dry.  If the dough is too wet, add more spice.  If you’re out of the spice, you can use flour, but it will lighten the color of your ornaments.

Roll the dough out on parchment paper, or you can pat it down with your hand.  Cut the ornaments using the cookie cutters.   Use a straw or other small object to make a hole to hang your ornament with it’s done.

Then you just need to let the ornaments dry completely.  To hurry the process, bake at 150 degrrees for 20-30 minutes.  Please note, the ornaments are VERY fragile until they are completely dry, so handle them with care.  As they dry, you will need to turn them over occasionally.

Once the ornament is dry (it may take a couple of days), it’s ready to hang.  I recommend threading a ribbon through the hole and hanging the ornament hook on the ribbon, to protect it.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As a POTLUCKTM blogger, I received the ShopRite Cinnamon from ShopRite for free.