Then I went to playgroup.
It was at a friends house, and sitting on her counter top were dozens upon dozens of little gingerbread men.
Upon further inspection, I discovered that they weren't actually gingerbread, but cinnamon. And glue.
And I decided right then, that we would make our own Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments.
First things first, we assembled the ingredients.
- Cinnamon, 4 cups worth (please get it from the dollar store.)
- Cloves, two big spoonfuls (because I felt like it. Also, the SMELL!)
- Applesauce, 3 cups.
- Glue, 1/2 cup. (more if dough is dry)
Then I dumped it onto the counter and kneaded it.
Next, we rolled it out and cut out festive shapes, then put the ornaments on cookie sheets, lined with parchment paper.
Then I went around and poked holes in the tops of the ornaments so that we would be able to hang them on the tree.
I put them in my oven, at 200, and let them bake for, oh, 6 hours or so.
(My friend just set hers on the counter to dry. She said it took about 4 days.)
After they're dry, let your kids decorate them.
Or not, I'm sorta a big fan of the plain look.
Also? Every time I walk by the Christmas tree, I smile. Because it smells delicious.
And now I vote that you go make some.
Because they are rad.