Cinnamon Spice-Scented Applesauce Ornaments

The holiday season smells awesome, doesn’t it? Baking spices, pine trees, crisp wintermint air–each scent layers on the memories and good vibes. Here’s another way to treat your holiday sense of smell: homemade spice-scented ornaments.

These ornaments come with a story. Last week my 10 year old participated in a trade fair at school. He left in the morning with a box of homemade beaded snowflakes and exchanged them all for a slew of 5th grade treasures. One of these treasures was a humble little star that looked like gingerbread.

As we  pulled it out of the bag we were hit with a holiday spice perfume that lingered like a pleasant little cloud over the dining room. Whenever the ornament moved it released a little more of its scent. We found it amazing because the star was completely dried and clearly meant to be a keepsake.  

Being a spice sleuth I called the parent (who happened to be a friend of mine) and asked for the recipe. Her answer?

Cinnamon and applesauce. Oh yeah, and a some powdered cloves if you feel like it.

Yep. Really. That’s it.

What you do:

  1. Take 1 cup of applesauce (not chunky).
  2. Grab a standard bottle of cinnamon.
  3. Mix the cinnamon and applesauce with your hands until you have a consistency you can roll.
  4. Roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thick and cut into shapes (she used cookie cutters).
  5. Use a toothpick to make a hole for hanging.
  6. Allow several days for drying. Turn the ornaments over after 2 days so they dry evenly.

Her tips: Take care to mix the applesauce before measuring so the naturally occuring liquid is distributed evenly throughout the jar. Add more cinnamon if it’s still too runny. Or try powdered cloves.

My tip: Buy cheap cinnamon in bulk. You want fragrance and consistency so the luxury of true cinnamon isn’t necessary.

Her son’s tip: Substitute glue instead of applesauce for cleaner edges.

You can use these pretty babies as ornaments, gifts, or as an adornment for a larger present.

cinnamon quills and powdered cinnamon

More Cinnamon Love

Studies have shown that smelling cinnamon boosts brain function. Since smelling involves inhaling microscopic particulate matter, my guess is that this is only remotely true with actual cinnamon. That Yankee Doodle scented candle won’t cut it. (Have you ever walked by that store? Headache!)

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1 Jason Phelps December 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

I have to say that is pretty cool how it turns out to be so simple. Big aromas though which is why they work!


2 Brian @ howtobaker December 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I love making homemade ornaments! We made cinnamon spice ornaments last year and have them on the tree again this year. Thanks for sharing a great holiday treat.

3 Spice Sherpa December 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Jason–They bring you back to a simpler time don’t they?
Brian–Have to admit I’d never heard of the applesauce version and one that was made specifically for the scent. Wasn’t planning on covering this for December but I couldn’t resist. Glad you enjoyed it!

4 pamela December 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I can’t wait to try it!!!

5 denise @ quickies on the dinner table December 18, 2010 at 6:47 am

A wonderful idea! One year I tied pieces of cinnamon quill all over my tree and the apartment smelled of cinnamon for days after the tree came down. And, smelling cinnamon is certainly a mood elevator, if nothing else!

6 Cakewhiz January 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I wish I had seen this posting around christmas time. I would have definitely made those….heheh. They are so pretty and look so easy to make :)
Btw, thanks for stopping by my blog….i appreciate the lovely comment :)

7 Spice Sherpa January 6, 2011 at 8:17 am

Cake Whiz, welcome to Spice Sherpa! I think these ornaments would also be cute for Valentine’s day. You could make little hearts and the cinnamon is suggestive of something heated. ;-)

8 pamela January 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

my cinnamon aple sauce hearts for Valentines Day are now drying…

Also, I’ve learned to make rum Treasures with freeze dried ginger byavailable through Spice Hunters. Easy peasy!!

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