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A wonderful holiday project to do with the young ones. Makes inedible, incredibly fragrant cinnamon "cookie" ornaments. These ornaments also work well as package decorations.
- Line a strainer with cheesecloth or paper towels and place over a large bowl.
- Pour applesauce into strainer and let it drain for about 8 hours.
- There will be at least a cup of liquid to drain off (if you're in a hurry, you may eliminate this step, but you will need about 3 or 4 ounces extra cinnamon to get a firm dough) Starting with half of the cinnamon, add to the applesauce and stir until blended.
- Gradually add more cinnamon until dough is stiff enough to roll out.
- You may not need the entire amount of cinnamon called for.
- Place portion of the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper and place another sheet on top of this.
- Use a rolling pin, and roll to 1/4-inch; thickness.
- Peel off the top sheet of plastic wrap.
- Cut into shapes using seasonal cookie cutters.
- Carefully slide a spatula under the cut cookie shapes and carefully place each of these on a baking pan coated with Pam.
- Next, use a toothpick and poke a hole near the top of each shape (for threading with hanging-ribbon later).
- Make sure the hole is big enough to accommodate the ribbon as it will shrink quite a bit during the baking.
- Run the toothpick around the edges of each ornament, smoothing any uneven edges, if necessary.
- Place in 175°F oven for 6 to 8 hours, until firm and dry (your house will smell wonderful during this time!) Remove "cookies" carefully and cool completely.
- You may decorate with glue, glitter, paint, etc. (I prefer these without decoration) Lace with ribbon, tie off at top & hang on tree.