No Bake Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments Recipe

In this post: No Bake Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments Recipe: Easy, DIY recipe for making homemade tree ornaments. Just 4 ingredients!

Christmas is coming quickly…but there’s still time for one more little craft project! For the past couple of years, I have given a handmade, very small gift to the girls in my husband’s office. Last year I made chocolate Christmas tree pretzels, which were very cute. I’ve always wanted to make no bake cinnamon applesauce Christmas ornaments, so I decided that would be my gift this year. 

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Sometimes I get myself into these craft projects and wonder what I was thinking…but not this time! These little ornaments were very fun to make and more important than that, they were easy. I made three batches of dough and from start to finish, it took about an hour. 

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No Bake Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments Recipe

Easy, DIY Christmas ornament craft using a cinnamon and applesauce dough.
4.57 from 30 votes
Course: Craft
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 ornaments
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes


  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons basic white glue
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or cloves


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use a spatula and make sure all the cinnamon is absorbed into the applesauce.
  • Gather the dough with your hands. Knead it several times, pressing the dough firmly into a ball. It will be about the size of a softball.
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon on a cutting board or other smooth surface. Flatten the ball into a disc with your hands. Using a rolling pin, begin to roll out the dough. Turn the dough several times while rolling, adding more cinnamon to prevent sticking.
  • Roll until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick and cut out the shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Gather the leftover dough after the first cutting and again knead it several times, pressing it firmly into a ball. Repeat the rolling process.
  • Repeat until all the dough is used.
  • Lay the ornaments on a cookie sheet covered with wax or parchment paper. Using a skewer or small straw, make a hole in the top of each ornament.
  • Ornaments should dry in 24 to 48 hours. It helps to turn them occasionally so they dry evenly.
  • String with a piece of twine or ribbon to hang.


I made three batches of dough and got 36 ornaments. 
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We’re not going for perfection here, but I do have a few tips that will make your ornaments pretty enough for gift giving. 

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  • The dough, when rolled out, should be at least 1/4 inch thick. Any thinner and the ornaments may curl when they are drying. They can definitely be a little thicker than 1/4 inch, but keep in mind they will take a little longer to dry. 
  • After you have cut out a batch of shapes, wet your finger and clean up the edges a bit. Depending on how sharp your cookie cutters are, the edges are sometimes a little ragged.

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  • If you are in a hurry, you can bake the ornaments in a 200 degree F oven for about two hours. Turn them over halfway through the baking time. (I did not bake mine…they took two full days to dry.)
  • If you choose to let them air dry, turn them over whenever you think about it. I turned mine several times over the two day period and they dried nicely.  
  • Because there is glue in the recipe, which I really think is necessary, these are not edible. I’m going to package mine in little cellophane bags with THESE TAGS. I would hate for someone to bite into one of these and be totally shocked!

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Of course, in addition to looking adorable, these little ornaments smell wonderful. I dried them on my dining room table, and every time I walked through the room, it just smelled like Christmas. 

Coming up on Sunday is a cranberry skillet crumble recipe and at that point, I can close the book on Christmas 2017. Hopefully I will be back next week with a wrap-up email for my subscribers, so if you are not on my list but would like to be, just click the image at the end of this post. 

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