These are one of my favorite things to make with children. Kids always enjoy using cookie cutters, and these ornaments are not only fun to make, but they look
beautiful and last forever, it seems. These ornaments can be hung in windows, on Christmas trees, in closets, etc. And they ship well in the mail, with proper packaging. To
make cinnamon ornaments, you will need: 1 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup flour and 3/4 cup cinnamon. Mix the ingredients, and add more cinnamon slowly until the dough is smooth and
not sticky. Roll the dough out as you would to make cookies, to about 1/4" thickness. Then use cookie cutters to make shapes. Use a straw to make a hole for the string to go
through. Leave straw in as ornament dries and remove once dried. These take 3-4 days to dry thoroughly. (Note: sometimes you can find cheaper cinnamon in bags in the Mexican food
part of the store.)
Colored sugar always makes cookies and desserts more festive. You can make your own colored sugars. Put the colored sugars in pretty containers and give them to friends who
enjoy baking, or use them yourself to make beautiful colored cookie creations. To make colored sugar, combine 1/4 t. food coloring, 1/4 t. water, 1/2 t. vanilla extract and
1/4 c. granulated white sugar. Mix the ingredients together, then spread out in a thin layer to dry. Rub the lumps between your fingers to make the powder uniform. Use more
food coloring for darker colors, and less food coloring for lighter hues.
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