splymale Posted 12 Nov 2010 , 7:22pm
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How do I make a Christmas cookie ornament that will last for years (assuming it isn't droppedicon_smile.gif Can I use my regular cookie recipe?
Can I use royal icing or should I use some type of paint/glue mixture?
Thanks!

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cheatize Posted 13 Nov 2010 , 2:39am
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I'm just about to look this up myself. From what I remember as a kid, it was called a salt dough, but I could be wrong.

mandymakescakes Posted 13 Nov 2010 , 3:37am
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I'm just about to look this up myself. From what I remember as a kid, it was called a salt dough, but I could be wrong.




Salt Dough it is! I don't have a recipe, but I do have an ornament my mom's best friend made for me for my first Christmas, and I just turned 32! icon_eek.gif If they are kept carefully, they will last a long, long, long time.

Have fun!!!

Jaimelt76 Posted 13 Nov 2010 , 4:10am
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I make these every year with my kids. My tree is all homemade ornaments from over the years. I have found that a recipe that uses cornstarch works better and lasts longer. I have misplaced my recipe but I will search for it and post it.

Jaimelt76 Posted 13 Nov 2010 , 4:14am
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Here is the recipe I use.

You will need:
1 cup Corn Starch
2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water
In a large saucepan mix corn starch and baking soda. Add water and stir until smooth. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is the consistency of slightly dry mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and cover with a damp cloth. When cool enough to handle, coat hands and surface lightly with corn starch and knead until dough is smooth and pliable.
Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with holiday cookie cutters. To dry, place on a baking sheet in a 250 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until hard. For best results, allow to cool and brush loose powder off ornaments before painting. Makes about 16-20 ornaments.


Good luck!

splymale Posted 13 Nov 2010 , 2:21pm
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Thank you!
How do you decorate them? With Royal Icing or with paint?
I want to do detailed houses, to look like the homes my husband & I grew up in.
thanks for your responses!

Jaimelt76 Posted 13 Nov 2010 , 2:50pm
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I paint all mine with craft paint. I still have some that are 11 years old. If you store them in a nice dry place they will last forever.

mmdiez10 Posted 13 Nov 2010 , 3:05pm
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Ingredients
Playdough is a classic childhood toy everyone can have fun with, and it's so easy to make at home you'll never buy that stinky store variety again.

Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
scented oils

splymale Posted 13 Nov 2010 , 6:10pm
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Thanks,
just to clarify...
Do you still flood the cookie, let it dry, then detail it with craft paint in something like a squeeze bottle?
(Sorry, this is my 1st time, I would like it to still look like a decorated cookie)

Jaimelt76 Posted 13 Nov 2010 , 6:29pm

I do not flood them with anything. I cut out each cookie and bake them according to whatever recipe I use. I then let them cool for a full day and then I just paint them as if they were wood or porcelain ornaments. HTH

7yyrt Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 3:20am

Applesauce Cinnamon Ornament Dough
Equal amounts cinnamon and applesauce.
You can add a little white glue for stretchiness.

Roll the dough out or press with hands until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick. Let dry naturally or dry in dehydrator, I decorate with fabric paint pens.

The scent will last for at least 3 years.

Jaimelt76 Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 3:25am

I love the applesauce ornaments. I am going to make new ones with my kids on Monday as they have no school due to hunting day. I have some of these that are about 6 years old that still smell. You can also add glitter to the dough before rolling them out to add some sparkle.

newmansmom2004 Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 3:30am
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Applesauce Cinnamon Ornament Dough
Equal amounts cinnamon and applesauce.
You can add a little white glue for stretchiness.

Roll the dough out or press with hands until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick. Let dry naturally or dry in dehydrator, I decorate with fabric paint pens.

The scent will last for at least 3 years.




Wow - this just took me back! I'd forgotten that I had made these several years ago. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!! icon_smile.gif

splymale Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 2:14pm

the applesauce dough, you just use applesauce and cinnamon in the recipe?
Can you cut the dough out with a cookie cutter?
Any ideas on how to make the decorated part look more like a cookie?
Thanks!

7yyrt Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 3:52pm

Sorry about that, my grandson likes to push the keyboard keys.

Yes, just roll out and cut with cookie cutters.
I like to put ground allspice, nutmeg, and clove in to replace part of the cinnamon just because they smell good (and I don't use as much of the others in daily cooking so it helps them not get stale.) I can get those quart jars for $4 or less.

They look like gingerbread, so we just decorate them like gingerbread cookies.

Try a Google image search for cinnamon ornament, and there are a lot of ideas there.
These look like frosted cookies (scroll down one) - http://www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Schools/Holiday-Crafts-from-our-Festive-in-a-Flash-Cooking-School-Shows
Outlined - http://www.myanonymousblog.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/12/10/img_3791_2.jpg
Stained Glass cookies - http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/stained_glass_cookies/
'Sugared' cookies - http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejeanprimitives/2127168694/

Jaimelt76 Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 7:10pm

Here is the recipe I use that includes elmers glue. I found they hold up a little better than ones without.

1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue (like Elmer's)
Bowl
Plastic food wrap
Rolling pin
Wax paper
Cookie cutters or a knife
Ribbon or yarn for hanging
Straw
How to make it:Mix cinnamon, applesauce, and glue together in a bowl. The dough should be as thick as cookie dough. Add a bit of water if the dough is too stiff.
Remove from bowl and knead. Put it back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for at least a half hour.
Remove the dough, knead again to make sure it's smooth. Flatten/roll the dough between waxed paper until it's between 1/4" thick and 1/8" thick.
Cut out desired shapes, use a straw to punch a hole for the ribbon to hang. The circle of dough will pull out with the straw.
Gently place the shapes on a piece of clean wax paper. They will take 3-5 days to dry, and you will need to turn them over a couple of times a day for them to dry evenly and flat.

Don't be surprised to see that the ornaments get smaller during the drying process. Keep this in mind when you pick out the cookie cutters for your designs. You will also notice that if you do not turn the ornaments over often enough while they are drying, the edges of the ornaments will curl.

When dry, thread a piece of ribbon or yarn through the hole to hang.

SHAPE IDEAS: Tree, Apple, House (gingerbread), Bell, Heart, Goose, Gingerbread Man, Star...

Optional Painting ideas - use acrylic paints or fabric paints to paint details, like white 'frosting' on a gingerbread man or gingerbread house, or eyes on a goose.

7yyrt Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 7:14pm

I suspect the shrinkage from that recipe has to do with the water in the glue evaporating.
Do they wrinkle, or shrink smoothly?

Jaimelt76 Posted 14 Nov 2010 , 10:19pm

They shrink smooth. If I get a free moment I will dig out one and take a pic of it to show you.

cookiemookie Posted 15 Nov 2010 , 2:41pm

I've made those cinnamon applesauce ornaments also. They cut out great. They work really well with those plastic cutters with the details imprinted(Hallmark, Tupperware ect)

Your house will smell wonderful making these! We used puffy paints(aka fabric paint) in the squeeze bottles. I think they still make this. It came in lots of colors and dried with nice dimension. They even had mettallics and glitter also.

This makes the cutest gingerbread people. I've had mine for many years. You can give them a light sanding on the back if they have lost their smell if they weren't sealed with anything.

This is the time to purchse the cheapest cinnamon you can find. You don't want to use your Penzey's finest here unless money is no object!

splymale Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 2:30pm

I checked the taste of home page mentioned. That's the look I had in mind, but with the ability to put thinner & smaller details with the paint. I like how the foundation paint looks thick, like icing. That can be achieved with something like puffy paint, correct? I was thinking I could put the same thicker paint in a bag with a tip for the details.
Am I on the right track??
Thanks for all the suggestions!!!!

gen2026 Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 2:42pm

I made cinnamon ornaments a couple of years for party favors for my children's christmas parties at school.... they were always big hits. I did not do ANY decorating to them though...... I just used a decorative cookie cutter that made impressions on most of them, although we also did some plain stars, and simple shapes. I bought my cinnamon at Sam's in the large containers because I was making several....... We enjoyed them for several years and may still have a few in the Christmas boxes but they no longer smell.

I bet they would be really cute with details painted on. My daughter loves gingerbread men - so they were simple and cute left plain.....

7yyrt Posted 16 Nov 2010 , 3:40pm

splymale,
click on my www button, and scroll down 3 posts.
Those are 1 inch cookies with the fabric paint right from the bottle, the lines get nice and thin. Sorry about the quality, all the photos are somewhere - that's the only one I could find.

toleshed Posted 21 Nov 2010 , 12:21am

Jaimelt76 your kids actually have the day off to go hunting? My husband will wish that we lived there when our kids were young. icon_smile.gif

Jaimelt76 Posted 21 Nov 2010 , 8:29pm
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Jaimelt76 your kids actually have the day off to go hunting? My husband will wish that we lived there when our kids were young. icon_smile.gif




Michigan schools here in the U.P. take off for the first day of hunting season. It has been that way since I was in school. It is crazy the days they get off for.

cheatize Posted 22 Nov 2010 , 5:16am

I've got 240 of them drying right now. Woo! They're a pain to dry! I had a brain fart and made Royal tonight to start decorating tomorrow. I completely forgot about trying craft paint first.

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