Tuesday, December 17, 2013
12 Days of Christmas Treats Day 12: Applesauce Ornaments
"What?" you say. How come no eating food stuffs on the last day of Christmas Treats? Well, because this is the last day of Christmas Treats probably forever. It takes a lot out of me to do such a long session and during this really busy time of year, I just can't take so much time away from my family! I will probably do some Christmas posts next year, but I think 12 Days has run its course.* So I'm ending on a beautiful note with these fun applesauce ornaments. They are mostly made with food ingredients, so give me a little credit. These are a great craft for kids now that school's almost out for the season and when they're baking they make your house smell yummy! They keep their scent all winter and store pretty well if you're careful with them so they will greet you with cinnamon goodness this time next year, too!
*Unless I get like 6,000 people begging me to do it again because they can't survive Christmas without me, of course. Feel free to beg. It probably won't take too much arm twisting, to be honest. Commenting on my beauty and cleverness will get you far.
Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
1 C cinnamon
1 C applesauce
1/4 C Elmer's glue
Stir ingredients together, wrap in plastic and let sit for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 200°. Roll dough out between two sheets of wax paper and cut with Christmas cookie cutters. Don't forget the hole for hanging, a straw or a toothpick are great tools for this. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and bake ornaments for 2 hours, flipping half way through cooking time. Enjoy the aroma. When ornaments are done, remove from sheet, let cool and hang them onto your tree! If you have time, these can also air dry, but they take a few days before they're done completely.
Word to the wise:
Don't rely on any mystical non-stick properties your cookie sheet claims to possess. Trust me on this. These ornaments scoff at your naivete and spit in the eye of your sheet's non-stick assertions. They will cling to your cookie sheet with the unholy force of 1,000 possessed weasels. We're talking honey badger level not caring about your cookie sheet's non-stickiness.
Word to the unwise:
If you did just go ahead and bake these without the wax paper, I know your pain. Soaking the cookie sheet for a day in water should do the trick. You'll end up with a nice clean pan, but unfortunately probably no usable ornaments... (I think we managed to get one off. It disappeared so either the boys broke it or the cat ate it.)
This makes really nice dough that's easy to work with. The boys loved making all sorts of figures with it and they actually hold up pretty well.