Having been born and raised in Germany, I have to admit that it’s the Christmas season when I get homesick the most. The Christmas markets, the decorations, the atmosphere, and all the delicious Christmas treats … nothing beats Weihnachten in Germany. Besides chocolate, and cookies like Vanillekipferl and Pfeffernüsse, there is also one of Germany’s most famous Christmas treat – Lebkuchen.
To bring the smell of German Christmas into our home here in California, my son and I made some homemade Zimt or cinnamon ornaments today! With just a few ingredients, these easy ornaments will not only look good as Christmas tree decorations but will make the entire house smell like Christmas in just a few hours! They are just for decoration though – they are not edible.
- ground cinnamon
- ground cloves
- sliced almonds (optional)
- PREHEAT OVEN TO 200 DEGREES. LINE A COOKIE SHEET WITH PARCHMENT PAPER.
- IN A BOWL COMBINE APPLESAUCE, CINNAMON AND CLOVES. YOU WANT IT TO A BALL OF DOUGH WITHOUT STICKING TO YOUR FINGERS. I USED ABOUT 3/4 CUP APPLESAUCE AND 4 OUNCES OF CINNAMON BUT IT ALWAYS DEPENDS ON THE THICKNESS OF THE APPLESAUCE AND THE TYPE OF CINNAMON. SO, ADD ADDITIONAL APPLESAUCE OR CINNAMON IF NEEDED.
- USING COOKIE CUTTERS, CUT INTO DESIRED SHAPES AND PLACE ON THE PREPARED COOKIE SHEET. USING THE END OF A STRAW POKE A HOLE INTO EACH ORNAMENT. DECORATE WITH ALMONDS IF DESIRED.
- TIE STRING AROUND ORNAMENTS AND HANG ON TREE.