Every year I add a new ornament to the Christmas tree. Usually it is from a place that I have traveled that year. Sometimes it is a homemade decoration. This year I have a horse ornament from my trip to Saratoga during the summer. A black horse – not very festive, I admit. So I was thinking about adding a few homemade ornaments to the tree.
Gingerbread ornament recipe
I found a very easy (my style!) recipe on mccormick.com for gingerbread ornaments.
3/4 C Applesauce
2 bottles (2.37 oz. each) Cinnamon
Gingerbread man or other cookie cutters
Drinking straw, skewer or chopstick to poke hole for ribbon
Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in a small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You might need use your hands.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4″ – 1/3″ thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off the top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Make a hole at the top of the ornament with drinking straw, skewer, chopstick, or whatever you have handy. Place ornaments on baking sheet. Bake 2-1/2 hours. Place ornaments on a wire rack out of the way to dry – 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally. Insert ribbon through hole at top and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in crafts stores.
Makes about 12 ornaments, depending on the size of your cookie cutters.
Make witchy gingerbread ornaments for Yule
Now if we want to get a little witchy with the ornaments, you’ll want to add some good intentions into the dough as it is mixed. (Don’t you do something like that anyway, whenever you cook or bake – hope that the recipe comes out delicious, add some love into the meal?) To take this idea one step further, take a small sharp knife, toothpick, or any little pointy tool and carve an intention into the back of each ornament before it is baked.
If the ornament will be for a member of your family, you can carve their name, the date, their astrological sign, and a simple picture for a talent they possess, or something that “makes them, them.”
If you have a wish for something special this holiday season, you can carve that into the back of the ornament. Obvious symbols are a heart for love or a dollar sign for money. You could carve runes for what you wish to manifest. Here is a list of runes and their meanings. Also, you could carve a symbol that you make up yourself. Only you will know what it means. Be creative and have fun!