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How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

If you want to make your home smell nice this holiday season, you definitely want to make these easy cinnamon applesauce ornaments! The two-ingredient recipe creates delicious smelling ornaments that are pretty, too!

Our applesauce cinnamon ornaments recipe uses just two food ingredients. Combine the foods together and bake to make your house smell like Christmas!

These Scandinavian-inspired ornaments harken back to old-fashioned Christmas decorating.

If you like Scandinavian Christmas decorations, see my easy wood and clay Scandinavian ornaments and my felt Christmas trees.

They are the perfect way to get kids involved in making Christmas ornaments, too, because the ingredients are safe for them to work with.

Even if they end up licking their fingers!

We used applesauce and cinnamon from the Dollar Tree. You can buy inexpensive versions of these ingredients at a dollar store or Aldi.

Or use up some old spices from your spice cabinet.

There is no need to spend a lot of money on these ingredients and buy expensive brands.

Trust us, you don’t want to eat these ornaments! They smell great, but do not taste good!

There are so many ways to use these scented ornaments. Here are a few great ideas:

  • Hang on your Christmas tree
  • Use as gift tags for presents
  • Decorate a Scandinavian Christmas tree
  • Tie onto gift bags
  • Use as place settings
  • Create a garland (see how I did this in the directions below)

These are one of the 72 Best No Sew Ornaments in our big list of fun decorations to make!

How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

This recipe makes about 50 mini ornaments. The number of Christmas ornaments that you will be able to make will depend on the size and shape of your cookie cutters.


  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 ½ cups ground cinnamon
  • Oil to grease baking sheet or parchment paper
  • Cookie cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • White puff paint (optional) {smaller bottles are available on Walmart}
  • Baker’s twine
  • Craft Glue


In a bowl, combine the applesauce and cinnamon until a dough forms that is not too sticky or too crumbly. It should be smooth and look like cookie dough or play dough.

Roll the dough out to about ¼ “ thick. Use extra cinnamon to dust the surface and rolling pin to help prevent sticking.

You are using cinnamon just like you would use flour to dust, but the cinnamon keeps the ornaments from having a white powder all over the dough.

Cut shapes out of the dough. I used snowflakes and acorns in my designs. You can use large or small cookie cutters, but we think the smaller ones are especially cute.

I made Christmas tree ornaments, too, without cookie cutters. I used a knife to make large triangles in the dough for tall tree shapes.

Optional: You can poke holes in the tops of the ornaments before baking to create a place to tie a ribbon for a hanger. I glued hangers onto the back of my applesauce cinnamon ornaments, but this is also an option. Use a pencil or skewer to make a hole.

Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 1 ½ hours at 200 degrees.

After baking, place the ornaments on a wire rack to cool and harden.

Once cool, decorate the ornaments if you want to using the white puff paint. It will resemble white icing.

To hang the ornaments, add a loop of bakers twine to the back with glue for hanging.

How to Make a Cinnamon Ornament Garland

It is easy to turn these applesauce cinnamon ornaments into a Scandinavian-inspired Christmas garland.

Using the recipe above, make the cinnamon ornaments with applesauce using acorn cookie cutter shapes, or any other shape you’d like.

Decorate the shapes with white puff paint.

To make the garland, you will want twine, wooden beads and pieces of red and white gingham ribbon.

Add wooden beads to the garland. Then, spread the garland out lengthwise on a flat surface.

Spread the beads apart on the twine, leaving room to glue an acorn ornament to the twine and tie strips of red gingham ribbon on the sides of the wooden beads.


Will These Ornaments Attract Pests?

We haven’t had any problems with these applesauce cinnamon ornaments attracting unwanted insects or critters.

Maybe baking the ingredients makes it less desirable because it’s so hard? That’s a guess. While we haven’t had any issues, these are food ingredients and it is always a possibility.

Can I Reuse Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments?

Because these handmade ornaments are made with food ingredients and no preservatives, we do not recommend keeping them after this holiday season.

Why Is My Dough Sticking to the Rolling Pin?

If your dough is very sticky, then you need to add more cinnamon to dry it out.

Why Is My Dough Crumbly?

If your dough is dry and crumbly, add more applesauce to moisten it.

How Many Ornaments Will This Dough Make?

I made about 50 mini ornaments using miniature cookie cutters. However, if you would like to make larger ornaments, the dough will make fewer shapes.

Should I Use Glue in My Cinnamon Applesauce Dough?

There are variations of making these cinnamon apple ornaments with glue. I don’t think adding the glue is necessary, but if you would like to, here is a variation of this recipe:

  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons white glue

Make the ornaments in the same method as above.

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