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Holiday Decorating: Herbal Ornaments

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Cinnamon spice ornaments from the Master Gardener holiday party.
Cinnamon Spice Ornaments
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes, or 1 to 2 days air drying
Makes 12 to 15 ornaments
Cookie cutters
Cookie sheet (use an old one that you won't use for food again)
Drinking straw
• Ribbon or string
Plastic wrap
Rolling pin
• Parchment paper to line cookie sheets
• Disposable gloves
• 3/4 cup applesauce
• 1 to 4.12 ounce bottle ground cinnamon (You can substitute a portion of the cinnamon with ground ginger,
allspice, ground cloves, etc.)
• 1 to 2 tablespoons white glue to start
1.  Mix applesauce and white glue with spices to form a stiff dough. Don't add all of the glue at once. Drizzle a little glue at a time until dough reaches right consistency, not too wet, or crumbly.
2.  Place the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap. With rolling pin flatten dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap and cut dough with cookie cutters. Move ornament to cookie sheet with a spatula. Cut holes for ribbon with the drinking straw. Bake at 200 degrees until ornaments slightly darken, about 40 minutes; place on rack to cool. You can also air dry for 1 to 2 days; turn ornaments occasionally to prevent warping!  These are NOT EDIBLE!
That last sentence is necessary because they look good enough to eat. At our party, there were some ornaments that were unwrapped and partygoers were taking them thinking they were cookies!

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