Its beginning to smell alot like Christmas

What better way to kick off the holiday season than to fill your home with the aromas of cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  I L.O.V.E Christmas!  Beginning right away by transforming my home from the pumpkins of Fall to pine cones, garland and glitz of the season.  In my kitchen, Gingerbread Boys tastefully decorate my windowsill, counter and table.  A small Christmas tree is also placed in my kitchen with various handmade and gifted Gingerbread boys.. and girls!

These little boys scent my kitchen like straight from the oven, fresh baked cookies!  I like to place some in a big potpourri basket; others are hung on my kitchen tree and shared with my friends.  The process takes about a week; the initial overnight draining of the applesauce and then several days of drying.  The aroma intensifies as they dry and will last for several years, adding a few drops of cinnamon oil refreshes their aroma after a year.  While these are made with edible ingredients, I have never tasted them as I can only imagine the intensity of cinnamon!  So let everyone know, as they do smell amazing, please don’t eat these Gingerbread Boys!!

Scented Gingerbread Boy Ornaments

48 oz jar applesauce

2 cups + ground cinnamon

2 tablespoon ground cloves

1 tablespoon ground ginger

Allow the applesauce to drain overnight by placing it in a strainer over a large bowl.   Place the drained applesauce, cloves and ginger in a large bowl.  Begin adding in cinnamon until a workable soft dough forms.  The dough should not be sticky, continue to add cinnamon if necessary.  Roll dough out on a lightly cinnamon floured board about ¼ inch thick and cut into desired shapes.  For stringing, make a small hole on the top using a skewer.  Place the Cinnamon Boys on parchment lined baking sheets.  Allow to dry for several days, turning over every day until dry.  Mine were dry in about 5 days; the level of humidity will determine the drying time.  Makes about 50 cutouts, depending on size of cookie cutter.

38 thoughts on “Its beginning to smell alot like Christmas

  1. Your ginger boys look awesome! Ginger is such an international Christmas smell and baking ingredient! Do you plan Christmas meals as precisely as Thanksgiving?

  2. Oh, Linda, you home must look and smell fantastic — and Christmas is still weeks away! This will be another “plain” Christmas around here. Max still has yet to settle down enough for me to even think of putting up a tree. Your post did remind me, however, that he’s running low on biscuits. So, today, rather than gingerbread, it will be peanut butter biscuits in the oven. 🙂

    1. I’ve always decorate for Xmas the day after Thanksgiving just so that I can enjoy as many days and weeks as possible! I didn’t realize, is Max still a puppy? or just overly excited?! I’m glad you reminded me, I need to bake some holiday treats for my pups too!!

      1. I’m embarrassed to admit he’s 3 1/2!!! I was warned by boxer owners that he wouldn’t calm down until he was 4, even though he’s a mix. Well, they were right — and I’ve chosen to ignore the one owner who said boxers never grow up. With your love of the holidays and decorating for them, your kids must’ve truly enjoyed Christmas growing up. I bet you’ve got plenty of very special memories.

      2. I’m always relieved to find people who do not have perfectly trained pets! It was hard to be strict with my little cute and cuter…because they just are so darn cute!! Growing up my best friend had a boxer and I just loved her!! She was definitely a big baby!! As for Xmas,I guess I’m the child that never grew up as I probably get more excited about the holidays than my kids do!! (I do think they will appreciate it more as they become older!)

  3. Oh, what a great post Linda! These little ginger boys are adorable and so festive. I’m thrilled to have an ornament recipe! (I may be tempted to eat them though ;0 – I’m with you on Christmas excitement….Yay Christmas!!

  4. What a fun idea Linda! The kids would love to make these. We’ve never made gingerbread before, but Mr. N was just talking about it the other day. Perhaps I need to run out and get a little gingerbread boy and girl cookie cutter. 🙂

    1. I was thinking of you Kristy when I made these. In the past I had made these with my kids. They always enjoyed playing with the “dough” and cutting out the figures. You could also use paint for eyes and buttons!!

  5. Aaargh, I want to say “mmmm”, but I can indeed imagine the strength of the cinnamon inside. Well – they look amazing and I bet they smell fantastic too. I’ve never heard of anything like this before – looks like a lot of fun!

    1. Lol…no, it’s not obnoxiously strong in cinnamon! It’s a subtle aroma that will catch your attention when walking past the tree or near the basket…it really doesn’t overwhelm!!

  6. Oh I love the smell of christmas lingering through the house with this recipe for gingerbread men. I haven’t made my own in ages but you have inspired me to now. They look to good not to. great recipe!

  7. This is such a great idea! Plus I have Costco amounts of cinnamon, so perfect! I hope I have a free weekend soon so I can make the kitchen smell delicious 😀 And in all honesty, I could probably eat them 😀 I love putting ridiculous amounts of cinnamon on everything…

  8. Ohhh how I love Christmas as well! Definitely my favorite holiday. I can imagine how amazing your house must have smelled. Nothing like freshly baked cookies right out of the oven. I’m so impressed by how on top of it you are with the holidays. We need to start decorating asap!

  9. I love your gingerbread kitchen Christmas tree…I’m sure it smells so good. You must wipeout the cinnamon supply in the spice section of your market when you make these.

  10. I am totally making this. I like baking my ornaments b/c then I don’t have to worry about my little one’s putting the ornaments in their mouth! I bet your house smelled amazing. Brilliant, just brilliant!

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