No matter how great these smell, they just aren’t to eat!
Sophie’s been at it again. She sneezed and her pixie dust flew all over a bowl of applesauce. The results turned out just right to add a happy touch to any Christmas tree, so she brought one over along with instructions for those of you who might not be able to find pixie dust at this time of year. This recipe makes a lot so you can share them with other people’s Christmas trees too!
What you need:
3 Cups of Applesauce
3 Cups Cinnamon (NOTE: The ornaments pictured used ground clove so are a little darker brown.)
Mixing bowl and spoon
Rolling Pin (optional)
Christmas Cookie Cutters (easy shapes are best)
Food Dehydrator OR cookie sheet and oven
Glitter Glue or other decorations
String and a needle
What you do:
1) Mix 3 cups of applesauce and 3 cups of cinnamon in the mixing bowl. You may have to add a little more cinnamon if the “dough” isn’t thick enough.
2) Roll or pat the “dough” to the desired thickness on a flat surface. The ornaments pictured were between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick.
3) Use the cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the dough.
4) Use the spatula to carefully move cut shapes onto dehydrator trays or cookie sheet.
5) Poke a hole where you want the string to hang the ornament to be with the toothpick.
6) If you are using a dehydrator, stack the trays and turn it on. You will want to change the order of the trays occasionally. Time varies, but you want to make sure each ornament is completely hard and dry before removing them. Usually this will take at least 10 to 12 hours.
7) If you are using a traditional oven, have your big person set it to about 200 degrees. It’s a very low setting so you are only drying the shapes instead of cooking them. Time varies, but you want to make sure each ornament is completely hard and dry before removing them. Usually this will take at least 10 hours.
NOTE: If the ornaments do not completely dry out they are very likely to mold which is really yucky!
8) Once the ornaments are completely dry, decorate them with glitter glue or your other decorating ideas and let them dry completely.
9) Let a big person use the needle to thread the string through the hole in the ornament and tie it into a loop.
10) Have fun decorating your Christmas tree and don’t forget to take a sniff as you walk by!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!