You've heard of Goodwill Hunting, right?
Well, this is goodwill baking. Along with engaging in a bit of fun with a Gingerbread House Baking Contest, the girls thought it would be nice to bake a large batch of gingerbread hearts to send to friends, family and other deserving souls this holiday season.
As they were baking, smell of gingerbread and cinnamon filled the whole house.
They worked really hard and made batch after batch after batch.
By the way, I promised FIVE episodes, but I ended up combining two of them...it made more sense. But if you enjoyed this adventure, please check back because I have a few more in the works.
Any one who purchases one of our gingerbread dresses will also receive a small batch of cinnamon hearts as a wee holiday gift.
Because I wanted to make something that was non-toxic rather than using polymer clay, I made these "cookies" from cinnamon dough. You can make them as well.
- 1 cup cinnamon powder
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup white glue like Elmer's
- extra water, if needed
Mix together the ingredients until a cookie like dough forms.
Kneed the dough until smooth.
Place dough in a bowl and cover lightly with a piece of plastic wrap and let it sit for at least 1/2 hour.
Remove the dough and knead again until smooth if needed.
Placing small amounts of the dough between two pieces of wax paper, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. If the dough is too sticky, you can dust the paper and the top of the dough with cinnamon to prevent sticking.
Cut out desired shapes, make holes in them with a straw for a ribbon and place them on a clean piece of wax paper to dry.
Place cinnamon "cookies" in a warm dry place to dry. Depending on the size and thickness of your pieces and the humidity in your house, this will take anywhere from a half day to 3 days. Turn the pieces at intervals to encourage even drying. (The tiny hearts dried in about a half a day and the larger, ornament sized hearts dried in about two days sitting in the room with the pellet stove).
Once dry, you can decorate them as you wish.
These make sweet smelling ornaments and gifts.
(I adapted this recipe from one I found here. I wonder if you could also add ginger for a little different flavor.)
I would love to hear from you. Do you have any fun recipes or small crafts to share with me? Or suggestions for new stories? Please leave me a comment or drop me an email.