Cinnamon Applesauce Heart Ornaments
1 cup of applesauce
1 1/2 cups cinnamon
2 Tablespoons cloves optional (grind with a spice grinder)
-heart cookie cutters in different sizes
-string for hanging
Mix well 1 cup of applesauce with 1 cup of cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the additional 1/2 cup of cinnamon, cloves, and continue to incorporate.
Scatter some cinnamon (as if you were rolling out cookies with flour) and roll out applesauce/cinnamon dough to 1/4" thick.
Use cookie cutters to cut out the hearts. You may need to add more cinnamon if mixture is too sticky.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place the hearts on a cookie sheet with a spatula. The hearts can be really close together but not touching; they won't rise in the oven. Using a skewer, carefully make a hole through the top of each heart. Bake until the juice from the applesauce is evaporated and the ornaments are rock hard (an hour or more).
Let them sit uncovered overnight. The next day, loop a string through each of the holes to hang on the tree, string together to make a garland, or attach to a package. Enjoy!
Makes about 30 heart ornaments using two different size heart cookie cutters.
The ornaments are not edible.
Recipe & photo adapted from the blog of Katy Elliott