One thing that I remember from 4-H camp when I was growing up is making applesauce ornaments. Of course since it was summer, they probably were geared more towards scenting closets and drawers.
Yesterday afternoon Pumpkin and Princess made their first applesauce ornaments. Princess was the braver of the two and actually touched the dough. Pumpkin (the "must not get anything icky on my hands" child) would only touch the cookie cutters. The ornaments are still in the process of drying and smell scent-sational. We are looking forward to the ornaments being tree worth real soon.
1 cup applesauce, 1 cup ground cinnamon, mixing bowl, aluminum foil, waxed paper, drinking straws (cut into sections), cookie cutters, cookie sheet, and yarn.
- Mix 1 cup applesauce and 1 cup ground cinnamon in a mixed bowl.
- Put a small handful of dough on waxed paper and press dough flat with hands (¼”- ⅛” thickness).
- Press cookie cutter into dough.
- Remove excess dough from outside of cookie cutter with hands or plastic knife.
- Lift cookie cutter.
- Place a section of drinking straw at the top of the ornament to create a hole to hang.
- Move waxed paper to a cookie sheet to air dry.
- After 24 hours, waxed paper can be removed and ornament replaced on the cookie sheet to complete the drying process.
- After dry, push the straw through the ornament and string with yarn.
- Hang on the Christmas tree.
- Recipe can be halved or quartered to make a smaller batch.
- Mixed dough can be refrigerated until use, cover with aluminum foil.
- Depending on dryness of the house, ornaments can take 2 to 4 days to dry.
- I have heard of mixing a small amount of glue into the dough to help with the hardening process, but with 2 ½ & 4 ½ year olds we opted for glue-free dough.