Monday, March 1, 2010

Cinnamon Shapes

6 Tbsp of applesauce (any kind will do as long as there are no lumps of apple in it)
9 Tbsp plus 2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
Extra cinnamon for rolling out dough
Ribbon in a variety of colors (1/16th or 1/8th inches wide)
Cookie cutters of various shapes and sizes
Small straw

In a small bowl, combine applesauce, cinnamon and cloves. Stir until blended. Work with your hands until mixture is smooth and clay like.

"Flour" pastry cloth/counter and rolling pin with cinnamon. Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick.

Using cookie cutters cut out shapes. Continue to roll out dough and cut shapes until dough is used up.

With a small straw, make a hole in the shape big enough for the ribbon to go through. If you wish to make designs on your shapes, use a small skewer.
NOTE: If the hole for the ribbon is too big, the shape may be brittle in that area and break.

Move shapes to a cookie sheet using a spatula.

Heat oven to 120 F. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours. Turn heat off. Leave shapes in the oven 5-6 hours or even overnight. Makes about twenty 2" shapes.

Thread ribbon through the holes.
NOTE: To dress up your shapes, use quick drying craft glue and add items such as small flowers, beads or other items.

Store in an airtight container with tissue or paper towel between.

These wonderful smelling shapes can be:

Tucked into your kitchen linen drawer
Tied in amongst ribbons and bows on a gift
Hung over a stove. The heat will bring out the cinnamon smell
Used wherever you would like to have the smell of cinnamon
NOTE: They should not be eaten.

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