Sarah from The Crazy Tailor here with a simple (although slightly messy) activity for you to do with your little ones! I remember making these cinnamon cut outs as a child and we would use them to hang on the tree, add to gift packaging, make garlands with them…they’re really versatile and they smell GREAT!
What you’ll need to grab:
- 1 – 1 1/4 cups of ground cinnamon (I bought mine at our local bulk food store, and I think it cost me under .50!)
- 1 cup of applesauce (sweetened or unsweetened)
- 1 tablespoon of ground cloves (optional – but really kicks up the scent on these things!)
- A large mixing bowl, spoon or spatula and the usual assortment of cookie cutters, rolling pin, etc.
My cookie cutter collection is rather eclectic. We went with a star, hedgehog, squirrel and the letters J O and Y.
Start by measuring out your 1 cup of cinnamon. This is more fun if done with a tablespoon 😉
Dump it into the bowl:
Measure out your applesauce. Be sure to eat a bit on the way over to the measuring cup!
Add that to your cinnamon. Add in the cloves if desired.
Start mixing it carefully…it will want to puff out a bit at first. Alternatively, you could do this with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Be very careful to start on the lowest speed! Not that I know this from experience at all, haha! You want it to be fully mixed with no dry bits at all, but not too wet that it sticks to your hands. If you need more cinnamon or applesauce, just add until it’s right.
Dust your surface with cinnamon, put about 1/4 of the cinnamon/applesauce mixture down, sprinkle a little more cinnamon and start rolling!
You’ll want to roll it to about 1/4″-3/8″ thick. Grab your cookie cutters and go to town!
Transfer the cut outs to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Make holes for hanging using a small straw or toothpick.
I played around with stamping some of the circles. I had a custom stamp made and one day I’m going to make some clothing labels with it, but for now, I like stamping it in shortbread cookies, cinnamon cut outs…you name it!
You can either bake these at 200F for about 1-2 hours (depending on thickness and humidity levels) or let them air dry for a few days. Which ever method you use, give them all a flip about halfway through the drying process. Add some string or thin ribbon and there you go! They dry pretty hard! I remember ours lasting for years as tree ornaments!
Thanks for reading!