Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

Easy and adorable Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments, perfect for your tree or Christmas decor, and so fun to do!

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Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

I made these for our first Christmas tree when we were first married, and I have absolutely loved them ever since.  There is something just so cozy about making handmade ornaments, in all their rustic and lovely imperfection.  Perhaps it’s the old-fashioned girl in me that wishes I could sit in a log cabin, string popcorn garland, and hang these on the tree I cut down in the woods.  This is my way of capturing a piece of that, and I love it! They are most certainly farmhouse perfection!

It was the perfect activity to do with my kids.  They helped with the measuring, stirring, rolling and cutting, and made sure the oven light was on so they could monitor their progress while they were baking.  

Once they were cool, they helped string the twine, and brush off remaining crumbs. We had to repeat over and over again that these were NOT to eat, and I think they’ve finally got it. :)

I have a lot of stars on my tree, so that’s what we decided to do, but the beauty is, you can do whatever you like! You’ll see that our stars are not perfect, but in this case, their charm comes from their imperfection! It’s a tradition to make these, and it’s one we love every year!

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One of the most wonderful things about making these ornaments is that they fill your home with the pungent and delightful aroma of cinnamon, and that will continue once they’re hung on your tree.

It’s super easy to do, and if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to trim your tree, this is a great option. The only two ingredients are applesauce and cinnamon, and for less than $5, you should be able to get at least 14 ornaments out of one batch. (That’s how many we were able to make–small/medium stars.) I tied my favorite red bakers twine on once mine were dry..and I’m in love.  ♥

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Handmade Cinnamon Ornaments

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  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup cinnamon ( or 1-4.12 bottle of McCormick Cinnamon)
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • cookie cutters
  • drinking straw
  • ribbon, twine, or jute


  • 1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon (1 cup + 2 Tablespoons or a 4.12 oz. bottle of McCormick Cinnamon) in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) *I ended up adding a little more applesauce--mine was still a little crumbly. 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. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw. Place ornaments on baking sheet. *I covered my sheet with parchment first.
    2. Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)
    3. Insert ribbon (I used bakers twine!) through holes and tie to hang on your tree!


 They are SO fun…enjoy!! xoxo

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  1. I would love to make these, but I have one question first…does this recipe use sweetened or unsweetened applesauce?

    1. I don’t think it matters, since they’re not for eating. I think you can use either one!

  2. I have some in the oven now! Just made a small batch as a “trial run” but since they turned out so great and smelling wonderful I will defanitly be making more over the weekend! Thank you for the recipe…it will be a new tradition adding to every year!

  3. 5 stars
    I just pulled a small batch out of the oven. I wanted to do a “trial run” and since they came out looking and smelling wonderful I will defanitly be making more this weekend! This will be our new tradition and adding on new shapes every year! Thank you!

    1. YAY! I’m so happy to hear this! They really are such a fun tradition, and I’m glad you love them and are adding them to your lineup. :) xoxo

  4. I would love to make these even though the holidays are over I could use them for Easter. My only problem is trying to keep my very large pups away from them when drying them, 1 to 2 days is a long time. Is there anyway to dry them faster?

    1. I haven’t tried any other way–but you could maybe keep them in the oven a bit longer. I just hesitate to have you put them in there too long or they’ll get too brittle and break. Or is there a place you can put them up high to dry? On top of the fridge or other shelf?

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