Gingerbread Ornaments

Christmas, cinnamon ornament recipe.


A great hands on activity that has many variations...paint, embellish with sequins, bows, or wiggly eyes. Hang as an ornament, add to potpourri or make a gift tie on. The best thing is the smell is retained for many years. One of my favorite kids activities are making Cinnamon ornaments. It's a great activity for children as young as 3 years of age but can easily be tailored to children of all ages and even adults.


  • 1 cup cinnamon
  • 1 cup applesauce


  • Medium Bowl
  • Waxed Paper or Parchment Paper
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper or Waxed Paper to work on
  • Coffee stir straw or skewer to poke a hole for hanging
  • Ribbon if hanging
  • Cookie cutters
  • White Puffy Paint


  • Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix with spoon or hand.
  • If dough is too sticky add a little more cinnamon or if too dry add a little applesauce.
  • Place approximately 1/4 of the dough on a cinnamon powdered surface.
  • Place the rest of the cinnamon dough in plastic wrap.
  • Roll out the dough to about sugar cookie thickness 1/4 inch.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shape.
  • Poke a hole on the top with a small coffee stir or skewer.
  • When dry use the white puffy paint to decorate.
  • String ribbon through hole and embellish with paint, sequins, wiggly eyes, etc.
How to make Christmas cinnamon ornaments.

Tips and Suggestions

  • If the dough is a little sticky add a little more cinnamon or if too dry add a little applesauce.

Add a little Extra Fragrance

For an even more fragrant variation, add the following to the above ingredients:
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon Allspice