DIY- Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Its been a long time coming. I grew up with a mom of many trades and talents. No one ever has and no one (who knows he) ever will tell her she can’t do something. She is now a writer with a radio show but she once was…get ready… an interior decorator, basketball coach, children’s clothing designer, crafty and amazing sewer, television host.. and the list goes on and on. I say all this to explain why I just can’t seem to stick to just one thing. Food is and will always be my passion, my stress-reliever, my go to hobby and love but I am-get this- CRAFTY! (I use that term lightly)

Now I am not saying I am great at it but I am getting there and with a little time and practice like most things I think I could actually call myself crafty and mean it! For instance, while you each visit my blog weekly to read about my latest culinary invention I have been behind the scenes working on anything from printables and home decor to my own ornaments for Christmas packages. I never do this but I am going to show you a few of my projects below. The first is a distressed Christmas tree for all the christmas cards I get around this time. The second photo is my advent calendar on a frame I distressed and then painted the glass with blackboard paint. On the back of each card is either a piece of candy to surprise Grant or scripture verse that ties to Christmas or something nice we are going to do for someone during the holidays. The last thing is my wonderful blackboard/memo board frame. I saw a similar one in a favorite store of mine for like 200 bucks. I think not! I got this old window pane for $15.00 and with a little distressing, some blackboard paint and a few scraps of corkboard I made it into an all-purpose board. Whatcha think? I am not great but I like the practice!

As soon as I saw this picture in real simple magazine of a cute little star ornament on a Christmas package I was immediately hooked. It was clever and simple and exuded such a natural vibe l that I knew I must include this babies on my pretty little Christmas gifts. My son had a ball making his own ornaments for his friends gifts, anyone want a monster truck or chevy pickup ornament? I have plenty:) LOL!

I am not the best wrapper but when you have the right supplies, anything can happen. After all, its the most magical, wonderful time of the year!

Before I leave you I must show you the most delicious cookies I received in the mail from my blogger friend Biren at Rotini n Rice. Biren is amazing. She is a wonderful mother, friend and she is beyond creative when she gets in that kitchen of hers! She invited me to join BeBesty’s Pass the Plate program, which is a program that helps support the fight against breast cancer by “passing” a plate of cookies from blogger to blogger. The Pass the Plate program is inspired by Kitchenaide’s Cook for the Cure and each time a plate is passed Kitchenaide will donate $5.00 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Isn’t that the most wonderful idea. This program is very special to me because although I am grateful to be able to say I do not have breast cancer I have had two horrible scares over the past 5 years and I know my world would be dramatically different than it is today had the results been negative rather than positive. For that I am thankful and for that I am dedicated to helping other women fight the cure for Breast Cancer.

The plate that the cookies are passed to is designed exclusively for this program by Jacques Pepin (we all know who he is right!). It is simple, the perfect size and just beautiful.

Below are the cookies I received, Persimmon and Walnut Pinwheel Cookies. They were divine! The persimmon was the perfect subtle fruit flavor and paired with the nutty flavor and crunchy texture of the walnuts it was all I could do to not eat the whole plate- me, myself and I! Now, I cant wait to pass my plate along. Marin Mama- Watch Out Girl- You got some cookies coming your WAY!

Thanks Biren for the most outstanding cookies I have had in a long time. They were delicate but rich and just perfect with my hot chocolate!

DIY- Cinnamon Applesauce Ornament and Package Decorations


  1. 1 1/2 - cups store bought applesauce
  2. 1 1/2 - cups cinnamon + more for dusting
  3. 1/8 - cup tacky glue


Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. If the “dough” is too dry, add more applesauce; if it is too wet, add more cinnamon.
Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out different shapes by using cookie cutters and using cinnamon instead of flour for dusting.
Don't forget to add the holes while the dough is wet. Lay ornaments on foil-covered pan and place in the oven on 170 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let dry for 24-48 hours.



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  1. Crafty I’m not but I love viewing the work of those who are!! What fun to do the ornaments with your son. Memories to treasure.

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  2. Like your mama, you are one talented lady! I love your blog and enjoy reading all your posts. I can feel the energy and excitement you share in them. Love the idea of these homemade ornaments. They lend a special touch to those Christmas packages. :)

    So glad to see you received those cookies with most of them intact. I hope you and your family enjoyed them. Thank you for your kind words but most of all your friendship. Hugs always…Biren
    Biren @ Roti n Rice recently posted..Persimmon and Walnut Pinwheel Cookies and Pass the PlateMy Profile

  3. How pretty. I wish I had the craft talent. I try, but my results leave something be desired.
    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen recently posted..A Trio of Different Cranberry Sauces & Ideas for Leftover Cranberry SauceMy Profile

  4. What a thoughtful thing to do! Love the calendar, quite creative!
    Eva recently posted..Restaurant Review: Indie Ale House, the JunctionMy Profile

  5. You are crafty!! I wish I were more so, and I’m slowly trying to be :) Anyway, I love these little ornaments!
    Shea Sayers recently posted..Mini Pecan Tarts with Chocolate DrizzleMy Profile

  6. these are so so cute! I always want to do crafty packaging things like this and somehow never get around to it!
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite recently posted..A Whirlwind Thanksgiving WeekendMy Profile

  7. what a way to teach the magic of giving with your son! and all creativity!
    daphne recently posted..Smoked Salmon Goats Cheese Rice Paper RollMy Profile

  8. Teensy typo on Biren’s cookies. :) They look wonderful.

    I love your craftiness almost as much as I love your cookiness! (I do believe that’s a new term) The ornaments are delightful and the photos prove you’re clever.
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef recently posted..Baked Stuffed MushroomsMy Profile

  9. What pretty and clever heart-shaped package decorations! Impressed!
    yummychunklet recently posted..Pan-Seared Oatmeal with Pomegranate Compote & Cider SyrupMy Profile

  10. I love your advent calendar the most, the candy and the memo behind the cards making the Christmas festival so exciting! And what a great thing to do to fund raising for breast cancer by sharing cookies! Hopefully, all these delicious cookies can change people’s life from cancer!
    Veronica’s Kitchen recently posted..Orange Chiffon CakeMy Profile

  11. The apple does not fall from the tree (no pun intended,smile). I am not the least bit surprised that you would be crafty too. You have a lot of creativity and there are a lot ways to express it.

    Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

    Velva recently posted..Canning Goodness: Homemade ApplesauceMy Profile

  12. OK, I can’t wait to get my cookies and that beautiful plate. I will check out the link and see what I have to do next! I think I will bake up a batch of my gingersnap cookies as they travel well. Ok, I just had a scare last week, I had a lump that had to be checked by an aspiration needle. Luckily it is just a fibroid! Whew! I tell you, health is the most important thing and I am grateful for it each day!

    Can’t wait for my cookies and either can my kiddos! BTW, I love the photo of your son helping you! What a cutie!
    jackie @ marin mama cooks recently posted..Marin mama’s weekly menuMy Profile

  13. Oh we have always loved making these! They are so cute and smell so good!
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  14. You and your mom are just like my mom – brilliant at so many wonderful things. I think you are selling yourself short – your crafty work is absolutely stunning Belle!
    :-) Mandy xo
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  15. Please come and wrap all of my gifts for me :) I remember making an ornament like this a while back- they smell so wonderful. Just beautiful
    Erica recently posted..Thanksgiving WeekendMy Profile

  16. A little crafty? This is 100% crafty if you ask me! Way to go! I love all the little projects. I am the dumb a** that paid $200 for the kitchen chalkboard ;)
    Bree recently posted..Greek Spinach Chop Salad & An Ode to the Terrible Twos…My Profile

  17. You are so talented! The ornament looks really pretty and must smell home and good.
    Angie@Angie’s Recipes recently posted..Brown Rice Pilaf with Dried Figs and PomegranateMy Profile

  18. i like all your crafts, they are cute and clever ideas ! i’m one lousy person doing these sort of things.
    lena recently posted..Designer Chocolate Baby GrandsMy Profile

  19. WOW. I was touched by your opening description. :) Thanks you, sweet daughter of mine. Can’t wait to see you this weekend. And your crafts– WOW again. You can’t call yourself a wannabe crafter, my dear. You have arrived. :)
    Shellie Tomlinson recently posted..Give as Good as You’ve GotMy Profile

  20. What a beautiful cookie ornament/package decoration! Your mom sounds amazing, but to me, you have been my inspiration and I enjoyed following you since the day I found your blog. :) Biren’s cookies look delicious too!
    Nami | Just One Cookbook recently posted..Hot Tofu | Yudofu 湯豆腐My Profile

    • kbelleicious says:

      Oh thanks nami! You made my day With that comment although I don’t feel like I’m being much of an inspiration lately! Life has been crazy!

  21. You are so crafty, I’m jealous. This is absolutely adorable!!! Just might have to copy this idea when I start Christmas shopping. :)
    Caroline recently posted..indulgence. [apple cider & bourbon cake w. pumpkin seed brittle & homemade whipped cream]My Profile

  22. I am making these with the kids this weekend! Asher LOVES to make ornaments!

    • kbelleicious says:

      Asher is going to have a ball! Just explain u can’t eat them! They smell so good grant kept trying to eat them and I was like noooo!

  23. I am SO not crafty! But I think I could swing these darling ornament tags…so darn cute! And it’s fun to see where Jacques Pepin’s tray of cookies is going next…yum, yum!

  24. Beautiful!! I feel like I need some of these for my own tree even though I’m about the least craftiest person in the world :)

  25. Love how you combined crafting with food! These gift tags are so cute!
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  26. You are always so thoughtful when it comes to creating things. Edible ornaments, I would be so happy to receive a gift box like that.
    Balvinder recently posted..Good For You CookiesMy Profile

  27. You are so talented! Love all the ideas.

  28. You are AMAZING! With little kids, I just don’t know how you do it ALL! I love all of your crafty ideas! I need to get back into my quilting, cuz I’m feeling pretty lazy! Thanks for motivating me!
    Roz recently posted..Zuccherini ~ Italian Lemon CookiesMy Profile

  29. Holy cow! Your mom is one seriously busy and amazing super woman! And it looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Your home should no doubt be featured in BHG mag. ;) Want to come decorate my house? I’d give you free reign! And your son has grown-up so much! What a cutie. :)
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  30. Wow! These look just fantastic! What a fabulous idea and such a lovely festive decoration….and it is edible, what a bonus!

    What a lovely blog you have here! As fellow foodies, we can’t wait to read more :) New follower here!

    Chloe & Sarah

    • kbelleicious says:

      Thanks Chloe and Sarah! I am so glad you stopped by and I have been enjoying your site as well. Thanks again for the wonderful award you gave me last week

  31. I definitely think you are a very crafty person. All of your projects are terrific. It looks like the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.
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