These 2-ingredient Cinnamon Ornaments add a festive, lightly scented touch to your Christmas tree or gift wrapping. Use your favorite cookie cutters, then bake at a low temperature or just let air dry.

A Gingerbread man shaped cinnamon ornament.

I always loved receiving these little cinnamon-scented ornaments as a child! They were more fun than a bow on a package, and they lasted year after year. Now I make them with my kids (wholesome activity for the win!) and let them choose whatever cookie cutters they want.

Depending on how much time you have, or how patient you are, it takes 2 hours to dry them in a 200-degree oven, or overnight (or longer depending on your local humidity) to air dry.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Cinnamon Ornaments Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for Cinnamon ornaments.

Ingredient notes

  • Applesauce: For even more homemade fun in the kitchen, make your own applesauce from scratch.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add applesauce and cinnamon and stir until dough forms. If dough is wet, add more ground cinnamon to the mixture until the dough is dry enough to roll out. If the dough is dry, add more applesauce. On a flat surface, roll out dough 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes using small cookie cutters. Using a straw, cut out a small hole at the top of the ornament. (To be used to attach a hanger.)
A Gingerbread man shaped cinnamon ornament cut out of cinnamon dough.
  1. Place ornaments on baking sheet and set out at room temperature until hard, overnight. Or preheat oven to 200 degrees. Bake ornaments until hard, about 2 hours. Allow to cool on sheet. Thread a small ribbon or twine through the top of the ornament to create the hanger.
Cinnamon ornaments on white tissue paper.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: The number of ornaments you get out of a batch depends on the size and shape of the ornaments you make. For ornaments about 1 ½ inches in size, you’ll get approximately 24 pieces.
  • Storage: Store these ornaments with your Christmas decor when not in use (preferably in a cool dark place).

Recipe FAQs

Do cinnamon ornaments go bad?

Cinnamon ornaments do not mold or rot or break down over time. They can last for many years.

What kind of paint do you use on cinnamon ornaments?

I’ve always left my ornaments plain, but you can dress them up with puffy paint, or Elmer’s glue and glitter.

More holiday gift ideas

A Gingerbread man shaped cinnamon ornament.

Cinnamon Ornaments

These 2-ingredient Cinnamon Ornaments add a festive, lightly scented touch to your Christmas tree or gift wrapping.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Servings 24 ornaments (1 1/2-inches each)
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 26

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup applesauce (see note 1)
  • 1 cup ground cinnamon (3.5 ounces)

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, add applesauce and cinnamon and stir until dough forms. If dough is wet, add more ground cinnamon to the mixture until the dough is dry enough to roll out. If the dough is dry, add more applesauce.
  • On a flat surface, roll out dough 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes using small cookie cutters. Using a straw, cut out a small hole at the top of the ornament. (To be used to attach a hanger.)
  • Place ornaments on baking sheet and set out at room temperature until hard, overnight. Or preheat oven to 200 degrees. Bake ornaments until hard, about 2 hours. Allow to cool on sheet. Thread a small ribbon or twine through the top of the ornament to create the hanger.

Notes

  1. Applesauce: For even more homemade fun in the kitchen, make your own applesauce from scratch.
  2. Yield: The number of ornaments you get out of a batch depends on the size and shape of the ornaments you make. For ornaments about 1 ½ inches in size, you’ll get approximately 24 pieces.
  3. Storage: Store these ornaments with your Christmas decor when not in use (preferably in a cool dark place).

Nutrition

Serving: 1ornamentCalories: 26kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 31IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 1mg
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