With the holidays coming up, children no doubt have ornaments and cookies on the brain. This activity combines them both! Children can bake ornaments with this recipe that creates long-lasting shapes and the scent of apples and cinnamon.


  • 4 ounces of ground cinnamon
  • 10 tablespoons of applesauce
  • A mixing bowl
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling pins
  • A spoon
  • Acrylic paints
  • Small paint brushes
  • Ribbon or string
  • A variety of cookie cutters
  • Rolling pins
  • A cookie sheet
  • An oven


  1. Measure about 10 tablespoons of applesauce and put in a mixing bowl; add 4 ounces of ground cinnamon. Mix together and knead into a ball
  2. The dough should be moist. If it is not, add more applesauce. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle more cinnamon on it before rolling
  3. Roll out the dough on the wax paper
  4. Press the cookie cutters into the dough or cut with a knife. To avoid breakage, it is best to keep the designs under 4 inches
  5. Punch a hole towards the top of the ornaments, place them on the cookie sheet, and let them bake at 200° for 20 to 30 minutes
  6. Let cool on a wire rack
  7. Paint with acrylic
  8. Put a string or ribbon through the hole and hang them up!

Source: School-Age Ideas and Activities for After-School Programs by Karen Haas-Foletta, Michele Cogley, and Lori Ottolini Geno