Homemade Spice Ornaments: Bake. Don’t Eat

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There are so many lovely things about being in the kitchen. It’s warm, music can play, it smells good. And at the end of the day you have delicious food! But there are drawbacks to being a baker. I always want to make everything delicious, which sometimes means I want to make everything unhealthy. And then everyone around me makes unhappy “You’re turning me into a fatty” faces. So sometimes you need to bake something that will smell good, let you dance to Christmas music while holding a spatula, and show off to friends….but not eat.

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These ornaments give you everything wonderful about baking, and then you can hang them on your tree and admire them for much longer than a cupcake. Since they are made of spices, they smell UH-mazing. So good. There are a few recipes out there for cinnamon ornaments, but I found myself short on cinnamon. I couldn’t find any on sale either, but there was pumpkin spice and allspice on sale. So I experimented a little and was happily successful.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I made a few tiny hearts along with the regular sized ornaments. I’m planning on using them to tie onto gifts as a gift tag. They smell so warm and homey, it will be perfect for a tying onto a homemade food gift. You can paint them with names after they are completely dry too. They are also super easy, cheap, and have a craft level of “kid friendly.” There is hardly even a recipe, that’s how easy it is.  If you feel like baking cute Christmas cookies, but have too many crowding the cookie jar already, break out your cinnamon and make some Homemade Spice Ornaments.

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Homemade Spice Ornaments
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup cinnamon
  • ¼ cup ground cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup allspice
  • 3 Tablespoons glue
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
  2. Mix together all the ingredients with a rubber spatula in a middle sized mixing bowl until the dough comes together.
  3. Divide the dough into two balls. Roll in between two sheets of wax paper until ¼ inch thick. Don't roll too thin, because they will crack in the oven.
  4. Cut with cookies cutters. With a thin wooden dowel or drinking straw, poke a hole at the top of the ornaments for hanging and transfer to baking sheets. Bake for 2 hours, turning over halfway through baking time. Turn off the oven, and if you can let them dry out overnight. If not, transfer the baked ornaments to cooling racks. String with yarn, twine, or baking string to hang on your tree.

 

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