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I've hated working with applesauce ornament dough in the past because it's always been too crumbly or too sticky, and used an expensive amount of cinnamon. This recipe, however, is incredibly easy to work with and makes a sturdy, easily-moved cookie before it dries. The small amount of cinnamon used is a plus since I can't get cinnamon in bulk here. I only needed 1/3 cup of cornstarch, and even then my dough was a bit crumbly, so I added a splash of water, and it came together beautifully. I placed my cookies (and this made about 20 of them) in my oven at 200* F for an hour, flipping every half hour, to speed up the drying process, and my make my house smell good! Thanks for this.
Followed the directions exactly and got a really nice soft dough. Initially a little tacky, but after a minute of kneading easy to work with. I think the key here is to make sure you have fully softened the gelatin in the applesauce - my suace was beginning to have a little form before dropping it into the dry ingredients. The smell divine and are still drying -- lots of rain. I'm giving mine as gifts for three sets of friends who have moved this month. The good news is have a few left for me. These would make great gift tags - just write on them with a toothpick while they're still soft. Thanks Rita.
At first, this "dough" wasn't a dough - it was way too soft and definitely wouldn't hold a form. I started added more cornstarch to try to thicken it up, but eventually gave up and ended up adding a lot of flour. Aside from that though, this was a great project for my young sisters and the ornaments turned out just fine. I wasn't sure how much 2 ounces of cinnamon was, so I just sprinkled a good bit in, and these smell wonderful; my entire house smelled like Christmas all day. The ornaments did lighten in color a good deal as a they dried, but I have a feeling that that's just because of all the flour!
I love making these to give on top of homemade gifts at Christmas. They smell so great all year round. You can use any type of cookie cutter for all year round. I place mine on a paper plate and let dry on top of my refrigerator. It takes about three days to totally dry.