Last year we did the typical handprint in clay ornament. This year I wanted to do something a bit different, so I was really excited when I saw this cinnamon ornament recipe circulating around Pinterest. My idea was to use that recipe and make little heart-shaped ornaments with Little Lovely's thumbprints. Perfect!
Except it wasn't. The Pinterest recipe calls for a whole cup of cinnamon! That would've been fine if I was just making a couple, but I wanted to make a whole bunch, and this stay-at-home-mom doesn't have money to spend on that much cinnamon.
So I decided to try adding cinnamon to a generic flour play dough recipe. That way they would still have that holiday cinnamon scent, but I wouldn't have to break the bank buying spices. This is how it turned out.
Granted, it's a bit more rustic than the all-cinnamon recipe, but I like the look of it. It's like hanging a cookie from the Christmas tree. And I like that they still smell like cinnamon. And most of all, I like that my recipe made way more dough than the Pinterest recipe.
|Cinnamon Cookie Ornaments|
|2 cups flour (any kind)
3/4 cup salt
|1/4 cup cinnamon
1 cup water (more or less)
1. Mix together flour, salt, and cinnamon until well blended. Add water gradually and mix with hands until a nice, dough-like consistency is reached. Add a little more water if the dough is too crumbly; add a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling out to make it easier to handle.
2. Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters, make handprints, or design any type of ornament you like. Use a straw to punch a hole in the top of each ornament so you can add a string to hang it later. Move to a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until hard and dry. Let cool, then thread a string or ribbon through the hole to hang it.
|Yield: 3 cups cinnamon dough||Calories per serving: NOT EDIBLE|
One note: Although I'm calling these "Cinnamon Cookie Ornaments," they are not edible. They contain a huge amount of salt to keep the finished product from going rancid, so please don't try to eat them.