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Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

By November 26, 2014February 18th, 2023Uncategorized


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I just had my second baby, although third pregnancy, and it was a completely different experience than the first two in a very positive way. With my first son, I ended up having a still birth at twenty weeks due to un diagnosed hypothyroidism. I was desperate to get pregnant again right away and we did two months later with our second son. Little did I know that my thyroid had not had time to re stabilize and the thyroid problem continued into my second pregnancy. Although it was diagnosed at 15 weeks and the synthroid I was put on enabled me to keep my son, I gained approximately 90 pounds that pregnancy.

This pregnancy I worked very hard to keep control of my weight. But I wanted to be doing it in a healthier long term way. Hoping to build healthier habits that my children could grow up and benefit from. My aunt directed me to your blog and Facebook page. I read as much as I could, and having eaten paleo for a few months a couple years back many of the concepts made sense. So I started dabbling in the “Maria Way” for about 3 and a half months. I always felt awesome while I was following your plan, but like many before me I would always allow myself splurges on the weekends. My husband and I always ordered food in or went out and since he wasn’t changing his eating habits that continued. I would always gain weight and have to work at losing it the following week. I hated that I was still doing the yo-yo dieting when I knew that keto was working for me and I always felt sick immediately after eating grains and sugar.

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Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments


The boys are at the perfect age where the holidays are magical. I dreamed about celebrating the holidays with young children for years. You could often find me making crafts in high school with my niece and nepheHomemade Cinnamon Ornamentsw (Kayla and Grant:).

Micah was so excited about getting a real tree, he would often pick out what Christmas tree he wanted while we would drive down the road. Craig and I agreed that our fake tree just wasn’t enough this year so we drove down the road to our friend’s tree farm; Mr. Snowman’s. Charlie is the sweetest man and he would let me bow hunt on his beautiful 80 acres along the St. Croix River.

It was so fun gallivanting through the woods with the boys as they picked out bigger and Bigger and BIGGER trees! We also got carried away with the size of the trees.

We finally settled on the perfect tree. I said I was bummed that we didn’t have any family photos of the tree cutting and Craig quickly thought of a solution of hanging the camera on a sign that was conveniently posted close to the tree and doing a delay timer.

Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

The funniest part of this photo is that Craig hung our camera on a sign facing the other way to take this photo. After a few shots, he started cutting away at the tree. I went to go grab the camera and saw what the sign said… “NO CUT!”  These trees were so big in this area they were reserved for landscapers to spay. We felt terrible. But it also made us realize just how big this tree was.

Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

It was so big we couldn’t get it onto the tree cart so I walked back with the boys (Kai is crying because he is so tired of walking) to drive our car to the trail to put it on. Guess what… Craig had the keys! Sheesh! So I walked over to the shed and asked Charlie and his helpers to come see the mess we were in.

Thank goodness Charlie was so understanding. He knew it wasn’t going to fit on our vehicle so he offered to let us use his SUV that had a trailer attached to it. So we drove the tree home with Charlies car.

Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

Craziness doesn’t stop there!

How do we get it into our tiny front door??? A few broken branches lost and a lot of pine needles everywhere. That’s how!

 Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

 We get the tree IN but how to get it standing UP?

Craig and I are short people, getting a huge tree to stand up was a challenge but we did it! AND…. broke the tree stand! Yep, snapped in 1/2!

Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

Craig had to drive to town to find the largest tree stand he could find to quickly get this monster in water. We lifted the tree up again with all our might. Meanwhile the boys were eating chili at the dinner table laughing. Micah asked, “Daddy, how am I going to get the Christmas Tree Star on this year?” (which he has done every year prior). Yeah… this year we may skip that tradition!

Here’s where a recipe comes in! We don’t have enough ornaments to cover the tree! As I discussed this the next day with my amazingly talented photographer friend Jamie Schultz who writes a fun blog about healthy kid lunches called This Lunch Rox told me about baking homemade Christmas ornaments with cinnamon. I quickly ran to Sam’s Club to get 4 huge containers of cinnamon and we got baking!

Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

NOTE: These are not for eating:)

Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

Maria Emmerich


  • 1 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup applesauce


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  • Line a cookie sheet pan with unbleached parchment paper.
  • In large bowl combine the cinnamon and applesauce. Stir well. I used a paddle attachment in my stand mixer.
  • If the dough is too sticky add more cinnamon. If it is too dry add more applesauce.
  • Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon as if you were rolling out cut-out cookies with traditional flour.
  • Place dough on cinnamon then dust with additional cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle a rolling pin with cinnamon and roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick, sprinkling with more cinnamon to keep from sticking.
  • Cut out into shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Place onto cookie sheet with parchment. They can be very close since they do not rise or expand.
  • Use a straw or something round to poke a hole into each ornament for hanging.
  • Bake in oven for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until rock hard OR allow to dry at room temperature for several days.
  • Tie a piece of yarn through each ornament.


Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Wenchypoo says:

    Reminds me of the one and only time we actually went out to the wilderness to get a real tree–first Mom was drunk, so she wasn’t exactly standing straight when she picked one for Dad to saw down. And the one she picked was growing on a hillside, so the ground under it was slanted downhill. Of course, Dad sawed the trunk off even with the ground instead of making a level line cut, so the tree ended up with a slanted bottom!

    Once we battled with getting it through the front door (like you did yours), Dad set to work re-cutting the trunk to level the cut. The it wouldn’t fit in the tree stand, so Mom got out an old copper pot she had out in our shed (from Turkey, I think), and she got Dad to just nail the darned thing onto the bottom of the trunk. One cheap plastic drip saucer under the pot, and we were in business: tree upright, water in the pot, and floor vacuumed.

    The next day, after the branches began to droop a little bit, we then noticed that the whole center stalk was crooked (from growing on a hillside). We forger ahead and coated it with ornaments anyway. The joke that year was that the light-up angel topper was “hiding among the topmost branches, because she was embarrassed to be sitting on that tree.”

    That was our last excursion out to get a real tree. They all came from either nurseries or roadside stands after that. the ones Dad got from nurseries were with a root ball, so they got planted in the yard when the holidays were over. We ended up with 2 planted trees that survived, and a third one in the house, making 3 trees to decorate every year–and this was before LED lights!!

    Then Mom died, and Dad and I went with an artificial tree with homemade ornaments like in your recipe above. After I sweated and slaved over them, I hung them, and my dog went around and ate every last one–hook and all. Luckily, he didn’t have any issues with them getting hung up inside his digestive tract. No more cookie-type ornaments for me!

    Lesson #1: measure your doorway and your tree stand diameter before you go out to get a tree.

    Lesson #2: The dog is going to eat your cookie-type ornaments anyway, so you may as well just hang decorated Milk-Bones (with thread loops, not hooks!).

  • Vera says:

    I will sure try the homemade cinnamon ornaments. Sounds like a fun thing to with the kids. Do you have any good recipe for Christmas cookies? I just can’t make ornaments without making cookies 🙂

  • Jodi says:

    Hello, I have two unopened bags of Jay Rob psyllium husk powder and one unopened bag of swerve confectioners sugar if anybody wants it just let me know and I’ll mail them to you I love Maria’s site and awesome content but I just don’t have much luck baking with the swerve or the psyllium husk powder and I hate to throw them away

    • tabitha says:

      hello there, If you still have them I would love them. I do want to suggest…for the swerve, if you like cheesecake that you try the pumpkin cheesecake on her “the best thing I ever ate for Thanksgiving blog” I made it yesterday and nobody even knew it was sugar free”.

      Let me know

    • Monica says:

      I just bought my first bag of swerve and haven’t opened it….read the back and I’m not sure it will work for me. What was your experience?

  • No way; just cinnamon and applesauce? Isn’t the flavour of cinnamon overpowering with so much of it?

  • Joy Winston says:

    Maria, areth Christmas cutout cookies crunchy? I have yet to get a crunchy cookie …

  • monika says:

    Hi Maria,

    First off – All the best to you and your family this new year. May it be the best year yet <3

    I'm hoping you can help me out a little.
    Ever since lowering my carb count even more than it already was, I've experienced a drop in my thyroid hormone levels – specifically Free T3 – which has dropped to below reference range. My TSH is low-normal and so is T4.
    Could it be that keto isn't for me?
    I didn't have thyroid problems before going low-carb…and I take selenium and zinc, as well as Vitamin C, D3, CoQ10, and fish oil/Omega 3.
    Perhaps I need to add iodine? Up the dosage of the other supplements?
    I cannot afford your services, but maybe you could offer a quick tip on how I might get my levels back up?
    Maybe start taking l-carnitine or l-tyrosine?
    I feel like death. Even putting on clothes is a struggle for me…
    Please Please Please could you offer some quick advice?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      I would try a small handful of brazil nuts each day (selenium) and add some iodine (kelp, etc.). If that doesn’t work, then a health assessment would help me understand what is going on. 😉

  • Jazzy says:

    Late to the party, but I made these many years ago when my kids were small. Outr exile includes adding Elmer’s glue to the mix, but the result sure looks the same.

    Once dry, we grabbed the glue and glitter and had fun decorating the ornaments. My favorites were those we outlined in white, they looked snow kissed.

    It has been maybe 15 years, some have broken over the years but we have a handful left and if you take an Emory board and rough them up a bit the scent comes back.

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