I forgot how cute these ornaments are and so easy to make, plus they smell wonderful. See below for complete instructions – a fun project for everyone. Happy Holidays… you can also decorate them with royal icing or even paint them.
I am in the process (Nov. 29th, 2012) of making these ornaments again to show how it is done (the applesauce is draining right now). Two pounds of Kroger brand draining in a sieve over a large bowl. Within the first couple of hours 2-1/2 cups drained – I let it sit out for a total of almost 24 hours, stirring occasionally. When I was ready to make the ornaments I had 3 cups of liquid which I did not keep except for about 1/2 cup (just in case the dough was too dry).
Nov. 30th; I slowly added the cinnamon to the thick apple pulp until it reached the consistency of cookie dough. As it turns out I only needed 6-1/2 oz. for 2 pounds of applesauce because I let it drain for so long. This is good because cinnamon is not cheap (unless you order it in bulk) or purchase from Sam’s or Costco. It is a little crumbly until you gather some of it into a ball – work with a small amount at a time. You can always add some of the saved liquid if it is too dry, or to make the dough more manageable.
Nov. 31st – I roll it out using my heavy duty metal rolling pin between 2 sheets of wax paper. I like my ornaments to be about 1/4-inch thich or so. I can also use this rolling pin directly on top of the dough. Cut out the desired shapes and put a hole in the top with a toothpick (make sure it goes all of the way through). Dry on wax paper; the smaller the ornament and how thin it is will determine how long it takes to dry.
Two pounds of applesauce gave me 13 (3-3/4″); 6 (3″); and 7 (2-3/4″). I smooth out the edges with my fingers and a toothpick. They are just starting to dry and I will update on how long each size takes.
Dec. 1st – the ornaments are slowly drying as you can see from the color difference along the edges in the picture on the left.
Dec. 3rd – the ornaments are finished and ready to hang on my tree… I use a good ribbon and poke it through the hole with a needle. Then I tie it and glue the “faces” on the gingerbread ornaments. You could also decorate them with royal icing or perhaps even paint them. A fun project for children and adults alike…
I first made these ornaments many years ago and I still have some of my very small ones that I cut into the shape of gingerbread men and watering cans which are about 1 inch. Two of my small Christmas Trees have a kitchen and a gardening theme.
I made some bigger gingerbread men, then put small pictures of the faces of all the kids on each one (15 total). Those I no longer have and I am searching for a picture to share… Finally found a few pictures to give you an example. Just click on the picture if you want to see the detail.
My kitchen tree with 1-inch gingerbread men.
My gardening tree with miniature watering cans.
My gingerbread tree has sure grown in the past 15+ years and is now my primary tree!
There were 15 kids total that we celebrated the holidays with and in the middle of the collage is Gene and me. These are my ornaments now…