Remember to call these pressed cinnamon ornaments. What fun to make for your Christmas trees and feather trees and to give as gifts. OOOh and the children love making these beautiful fragrant ornaments.
In a medium bowl combine:
ONE CUP GROUND CINNAMON
ONE TABLESPOON GROUND CLOVES
ONE TABLESPOON GROUND NUTMEG
STIR IN 3/4 CUP APPLESAUCE AND TWO TABLESPOONS OF TACKY GLUE(THIS GLUE CAN BE FOUND AT CRAFT STORES)
Work mixture with hands for two or three minutes (I use plastic throw-away gloves) to form a ball. If mixture is too dry, add more applesauce and if it is too wet, add more cinnamon.
Knead the ball on a cinnamon-sprinkled surface until it holds together well. (Remember ....continue to sprinkle a little cinnamon on the board and rolling pin as you roll out ornaments. Divide the ball into four equal parts and roll out each one a one fourth inch thick. Cut dough with cookie cutters...dip the cutter into the cinamon before you cut. Make sure to make a little hole in the top of each ornament you cut out for a ribbon or wire to hang the ornament with. Place your cut out ornaments on a cookie sheet (use parchment paper to line the cookie sheet to make it easier to remove the finished ornaments) and LET THEM AIR DRY. Turn the ornaments over from time to time to make certain they dry evenly. It can take up to 24 hours or even two days for the ornaments to dry properly. For faster drying results you can place in the sun or dry in an oven set at 200 degrees for an hour or less, but the very best results are achieved by air drying.
Now remember to keep this idea JUST BETWEEN US GIRLS. Have fun. OOOOh and also remember YOU CANNOT EAT THESE ORNAMENTS...they will fill your house with the most delightful fragrance. You will have the scent of CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE.