DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments.

We had all kinds of holiday traditions growing up and the nostalgia surrounding this time of year always brings me back to my childhood.

The smells of Christmas are one of those things that helps ring in the season, from fresh evergreen to cinnamon spices. We used to love making these classic Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments when we were little and we’d use them to adorn our tree or to add atop a gift package for a little extra decoration.

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One thing I never realized about these ornaments was just how much cinnamon you use for the recipe! It’s kind of a substitute for flour in this sense so I went with the jumbo tub of it this year so we’d have plenty on hand.

Now remember, these are not edible - just for decoration but they are a fun alternative to make with the kids as a holiday craft when you don’t have to have 8 million more Christmas cookies on-hand to snack on.

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DIY CINNAMON APPLESAUCE ORNAMENTS :

  • 1 cup applesauce

  • 1 - 1 1/4 cup ground cinnamon

  • 1 tbs ground cloves (if desired)

Start by lining a sheet pan with parchment paper and heating your over to 200 degrees. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, or by hand, combine all ingredients. The dough should be able to form into a ball without being overly sticky. If needed add more cinnamon or applesauce for desired texture.

Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon and place dough on top, followed by more cinnamon. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Continue sprinkling cinnamon so that dough doesn’t stick.

Cut dough into desired shapes and place on baking sheet. Be sure to space each shape out far enough so that they do not bake together. Use a skewer end to poke a clean hole in each cookie (to attach string for ornaments) and bake in preheated over for about 1.5 - 2 hours.

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I’d love to know if you made these when you were a child? And, if you’re making them now with your family still and keeping the tradition alive! Give us a tag at #HEIRLOOMEDHOLIDAY - love to see how yours came out.


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Doris Hart’s Dark Fruitcake Holiday Recipe.

If there’s one recipe that seems to have gotten a bad wrap over the years the fruitcake is surely it.

Now you know that one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the passing down of recipes through the generations. I love being able to have my family over and make the same recipes my mother did when I was a child. This one was one of my Grandmother’s favorites, a Dark Fruit Cake. She got the recipe from “Doris Hart” who I was lucky to learn was a neighbor friend of hers when she lived in South Florida.

This fruitcake is such a family staple that it actually inspired one of our new Family Recipe series Tea Towels. And I was so honored to be included in this month’s issue of Taste of the South, sharing this beautiful heirloom family recipe card and the story behind it (Nov/Dec 2018) so be sure to check out the full story there.

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Fruit Cake / heirloomed

DORIS HART’S DARK FRUITCAKE:

  • 1 lb sugar

  • 1 lb butter

  • 1 lb flour

  • 1 lb walnuts

  • 1 lb almonds

  • 1 lb pecans

  • 1 doz eggs

  • 4 pkg seedlees raisins

  • 2 lb dates

  • 1 lb candied cherries

  • 1 lb pineapple

  • 1/2 pound each: citron lemon & orange peel

  • 1 jar jelly

  • 1 t each: cloves, cinnamon, allspice

  • 2 squares chocolate

  • 1 cup dk molasses, coffee, and brandy

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Cream butter, sugar- add egg yolk, creamed till lemon color. Add liquids and flour alternately, then spices and slightly beaten egg whites. Add fruit (cut, floured, and dredged first.) Grease and line pans with greased brown paper. Bake slow- 300 degrees then lowered to 250 degrees for two or more hours until tested. Cool- dribble with brandy and wrap in cheesecloth or paper towels and aluminum foil (not to be places next to the cake) and store in a cool place. makes several cakes- bake in tube pans or loaf pans- Different sizes will require different time schedules for baking. May be frosted, glazed or left plain.


Taste of the South magazine / Nov Dec 2018 / Handed Down Fruit Cake Recipe


Thanks to the article in Taste of the South, we have gotten so many requests from readers for the full version of this recipe, so I hope this serves as your go-to recipe for years to come! If you give it a try please let me know how you like it in the comments!


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