Cinnamon Ornaments

These are so fun and easy. They make your house smell yummy and children can help! I make extra royal icing so I can have a thicker batch for detail and thinner for fill in. Have fun and please share a picture with me if you make your own. 

  • 1 c. applesauce
  • 1 (4 oz.) container ground cinnamon
  • 2 T. white liquid glue (such as Elmer's glue)


Mix the applesauce, ground cinnamon, and glue until well combined, forming a soft dough. Knead with your hands until smooth. If dough is too sticky, add some more cinnamon.

Roll or pat out dough to approximately 1/2-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Use a drinking straw, pencil, or wooden skewer to cut a hole near the top for a ribbon.

Place on a cookie sheet . Dry in a 200 degree oven for 2 to 3 hours. Or, set aside to air dry for 3 to 4 days, flipping about once per day.

Once dry, insert a ribbon through the hole and tie it in a knot


I like to add some ground cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and/or pumpkin pie spice in with the ground cinnamon.

Recipe makes approximately 6 ornaments cut with approximately 3-inch sized cookie cutters.  Yield will vary significantly based on the thickness the dough is rolled or patted out and the size of the cookie cutters used.

For a large-sized batch for gifting or decorate a whole tree (approximately 30 ornaments), I used:  48 oz. applesauce, approximately 24 oz. ground cinnamon, and approximately 1/3 c. glue.

Ingredient amounts needed may vary based on the consistency of the applesauce and/or glue used.  The goal is to achieve a soft dough that's not so sticky it glops on your hands, and that can be rolled or patted out.  If after combining the ingredient amounts in the recipe the dough is not a workable consistency, add more cinnamon until a workable consistency is reached.

Due to the glue in this recipe, these ornaments are NOT edible.



Royal Icing Recipe

Royal Icing:

  • 1 pound (3-3/4 cups) powdered sugar, sifted if lumpy
  • 1 to 2 large egg whites, or substitute 4 teaspoons packaged egg whites and 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring or lemon juice
  • Directions-

    Combine the egg whites and confectioners' sugar in a medium-size mixing bowl and whip with an electric mixer on medium speed until opaque and shiny, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the lemon juice or almond flavoring if you prefer, this will thin out the icing. Beat for another couple of minutes until you reach the right consistency .

    Almond extract, vanilla or lemon juice