Day 5 of the 12 Days of Last Minute Christmas Gifts is a classic. Pretty snowflakes meet traditional cinnamon ornaments for a festive and deliciously scented gift you can whip up quickly.
Cinnamon Ornament Snowflakes & Snowballs
Crafting Time: About 3 hours including baking time
3/4 cup applesauce
2 (2.37 ounce) bottles of ground cinnamon
Snowflake cookie cutters & drinking straw
Baking tray, cooling racks, and parchment paper
Glitter glue & Loose glitter
Plate or cup
String for hanging
Bake the Ornaments (Via McCormick)
I made one full recipe of the dough, but rolled out half for the snowflakes and used the other half for the snowballs. Adjust accordingly if you are only doing one or the other. For these tutorials, realize that I am using half of the dough for each.
Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.)
For the snowflakes, roll half the 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 or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.
For the snowballs, take the other half of the dough and roll into truffle sized balls in the palm of your hands.
Pour a small amount of loose glitter into a cup or onto a plate. Roll the snowballs in the glitter to coat, then press the glitter into the dough by rolling them again in your hands. (Also prepare to look like a disco ball for the rest of the day.) I liked the way it looks when half were “naked” and the other were glitter so I left them half and half.
Place snowflakes and snowballs onto a parchment paper lined baking tray.
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.).
To finish the snowflakes, use the glitter glue to outline or embellish the snowflakes. Let glue dry thoroughly before handling.
Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang the snowflakes. For the snowballs, arrange into dishes for decorating, or a pretty jar to give as a gift. They are great to use in car ashtrays for continued scent.