Monday, December 16

Savor the Scent of Christmas!

Each year, we make these fun and easy applesauce ornaments with the kids. It gives them an opportunity to make their own gifts, which they hand out to friends and loved ones. We also save a few each year to commemorate their current likes and interests. This year, our local co-op got together and created these cute Oklahoma ornaments to round out our year of studying Oklahoma history!

You'll need

  • Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix spices and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the spice.) 
  • Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. 
    • If you can't find a rolling pin, you can use a quart-sized mason jar in a pinch.
  • Cut dough with cookie cutters. Pull away extra dough, then carefully transfer cutout to waxed baking sheet with a spatula.
  • Using the spatula, straighten up any sloppy edges around the cutout.
  • Make a hole at top of ornament with the toothpick. 
  • Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. 
  • Using a clear spray paint or gloss paint, varnish the ornaments. This is optional, and will make them last longer. 
    •  If you want that spicy smell, however, then skip this step. They won't last as long, but they'll smell heavenly!
    • Insert ribbon through holes, and tie to hang.


  1. oh, these always smell so good! :)

  2. We enjoy making ornaments but haven't done these in several years. I should do some this year. I love how you tied it into your studies.

  3. What a great idea! How lovely everything must smell.

  4. I like that they give away something they have worked on and created.

  5. This is a wonderful idea!

  6. I have an extended family member make these with her young kids. I hear they make the house smell amazingly festive. I'm going to try them. Great idea to add to your studies.

  7. I once got an ornament from a coworker that was made like this. It lasted a couple of years and I always loved pulling it out and the smell of Christmas it gave. I have not yet made them with my kids yet. One of these years!! I have seen another recipe that uses glue instead of applesauce, I wonder if that changes the longevity?


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