Way back in the early days of my business I started a tradition of giving each of my current clients a small handmade craft or homemade food item to mark the holiday season. For better or worse, I’ve continued that practice.
This year’s present was fun and easy and only required a few simple ingredients. Inspired by something I saw at an autumn craft fair, I made cinnamon dough ornaments in the shapes of horses. They smell great while they’re baking and as they’ve traveled with me to deliver they’ve given my vehicle a festive scent, too.
Here’s the recipe for those who might want to try this at home next year:
1 cup applesauce
1 to 1-1/4 cups cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
Mix into a stiff dough, roll out to appx. 1/4 inch and cut into shapes with cookie cutters and ream a hole with a toothpick or skewer. Dust your surface with extra cinnamon to prevent sticking. Place on parchment on cookie sheets and bake at 200F for 1-1/2 to 2 hours until they’re completely dry. You might want to turn them after about 1/2 hour to keep them from ending up with a bit of a curve. (My first batch of cinnamon horses was too thin and ended up with a permanent left bend!)
There are lots of decorating options – dried flowers, charms, buttons, glitter – or leave them plain. I used 3D fabric paint, which only took a couple practice runs to master (and I’m not a great painter.) I finished off with raffia strings for hanging, but you could be creative with that, as well.
Hope you all have a happy holiday with some homemade and handmade fun!