I've been wanting to make some cinnamon cookie-looking ornaments for quite some time this.
This year was the year!
Only, once I really thought about it, I thought a garland of little gingerbread men would be adorable and homey and Christmas-y and basically just perfect. So that's what we did: a gingerbread man garland for the Christmas tree.
I thought doing hearts with the gingerbread men would be sweet. I grew up remembering my mom's Christmas tree and how she always loved her gold heart garlands, so maybe I have a soft spot for hearts on Christmas trees. ;)
I liked how it turned out though. I actually used 2 different sizes of hearts--a medium one (about 2 inches across) and a small one (about 1 inch across). So, the garland pattern went like this:
little heart, medium heart, little heart, gingerbread man
I debated quite a bit about which recipe to use, and in the end I did a double batch of the McCormick Cinnamon Ornaments. Only I did not use McCormick cinnamon--I bought the super cheap (super not-cinnamon) cinnamon at the store. I think I paid $0.84 per 2.34 oz bottle of it.
The recipe is just cinnamon and applesauce. Then you roll it out like you would cookies, cut them out and bake them at a really low temperature for a few hours.
To make the slits for the ribbon, I used a butter knife.
Here is what they looked like before baking:
I am happy with how the turned out--nice and dark and cute on my tree!