Kelly the Culinarian: The Tale of the Cinnamon Ornament Fail

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Tale of the Cinnamon Ornament Fail

Did you know that you can make cinnamon-scented ornaments at home? They're actually really easy and fast, but it's not the recipe that was a fail, but rather, the subject of this arts and crafts project that was temperamental.

I really wanted to make an ornament using Napoleon's paws. He, however, was having none of this.

I mixed of a batch of the dough, rolled it out in between sheets of parchment, then cut it using cookie cutters. I placed the shapes on my pizza stone, which I greased lightly first.
Then, I proceeded to get our furry friend to give me his fingerprints. This is where I encountered a problem.

Next, I put the tray on the ground, repeating the procedure. Nope.

I tried placing the tray on the counter, then setting Napoleon's paw onto an ornament. Didn't work.

I put the shapes on a plate, then tried to get him to give me paw onto the plate. No.

In an 11th-hour attempt, I put the tray by the front door and took him outside, hoping he'd walk over at least one on his way into the house. Instead, that little jerk jumped right over the tray. That dog is too smart for his own good.

I left the tray of ornaments in the oven for a week to dry out and kept one of them, which had at least a partial paw print.

Cinnamon Ornaments
1/2 large bottle of cinnamon (the 4.3 ounce bottle)
3/8 cup applesauce
1 Tablespoon flour

Mix together the ingredients to form a dough. Roll out in between two sheets of parchment, then use your best artistic ability to make ornaments. Remember to poke a hole for a ribbon using a bamboo skewer or toothpick. Allow to dry out for one week in a dry location, or bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes or until dried out.

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