Every year we make applesauce cinnamon ornaments for Christmas. This year we’re getting a head start because we’re selling them at the craft fair. This batch that Richard and Rel are making is strictly for their own use though. Not to sell unless they want to.
With this project Richard learned math and he also had a chance to exercise his fingers which still tend to tire easily. For this reason it is hard for him to write manually but he just flies on the computer keyboard!
Here’s the recipe we used for this batch. It makes a small batch enough for one child and 12 large ornaments.
1 c ground cinnamon
1 tbsp allspice
1 tbsp nutmeg
2 tbsp white glue
3/4 c applesauce
We don’t have our 3/4 measuring cup for the applesauce so Richard used a 1/4 cup. He now knows that 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 = 3/4 and he had fun learning that. More to projects to come with math as I am quite concerned about his math.
Here’s Richard adding the dried ingredients in a separate bowl. The recipe said to use ground cloves but we improvised and used Allspice instead. You can do that, you can substitute ingredients but make sure you use ground cinnamon.
Mix all the spices up good.
Add the glue to the applesauce.
And blend really well.
Now add the dried ingredients to the applesauce and glue.
Richard has to knead the applesauce cinnamon dough to a sticky like consistency. If the dough is too wet he adds more spices and vice versa
Roll the dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness.
Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Here Richard is using a Gingerbread Man cookie cutter. He also used a prim heart, start, and small pumpkins.
Rel decided to make a snow man so we’re trying it out to see how it dries. We used beads for the nose, eyes, and buttons. We used cinnamon sticks for the arms. As I write this the bottom and middle balls are cracking so now Rel and I are figuring out how to fix that. It’s really cute. Just look at the next picture.
Rel has her heart set on selling this at the crafts fair. It really smells so warm and Christmassy!