We can't believe these handmade ornaments have only two ingredients! Whip up the recipe to create adorable ornaments, or string the pieces together to make a festive Christmas garland.


You won't believe how easy it is to make these classic applesauce ornaments. Leave the baked shapes plain and string together to create a rustic garland, or use different colors of crafts paint to give individual ornaments a personal touch. Both options are perfect for decorating your own space or gifting to a friend! 

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup ground cinnamon
  • All-purpose flour 
  • Rolling pin 
  • Cookie cutters
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Puff paint (optional)
  • Ribbon

Step 1: Roll It Out

Mix applesauce and cinnamon together with a spoon, then knead the dough with your hands until it sticks together—don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick (if the dough is too thin or too thick, it won't bake properly).

Step 2: Cookie Cutter Shapes

Preheat oven to 200°F. Use cookie cutters to create holiday shapes from the dough. Transfer cutouts to a clean, dry baking sheet; any size baking sheet will work, but keep in mind that you may need to bake more than one sheet at a time, depending on the shape and size of each ornament. Using a bamboo skewer, make a small hole near the top at the center. You'll want to leave a good amount of room between the hole and the top of the shape so it doesn't crack in the oven. If you don't have a skewer, use a toothpick, a chopstick, or even a small straw to make the hole—just make sure it's large enough to fit the ribbon through. Bake the shapes for 2 hours; bake longer if they are still sticking to the pan.

Step 3: Decorate!

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cutouts to cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet. Once they are cooled, use puff paint to decorate and personalize them. Create designs with bright colors or customize an ornament with words. We love the classic look of white paint on the baked ornaments!

Step 4: Hang and Enjoy!

Cut 8-inch lengths of brightly colored ribbon and tie loops to the ornaments. Hang the ornaments on your tree or give a personalized ornament to a friend for a sweet homemade gift that smells amazing! Or cut ribbon to desired length and string the cutouts together to create a festive garland!

Comments (3)

December 1, 2018
Sorry, but the responses below to the flour amount question do not make sense. You’re saying there is no flour in the ornaments? Just to flour the surface and the rolling pin?
November 26, 2018
What is the amount of flour used?
November 17, 2018
Gingerbread ornament- how much flour?