Gingerbread Men Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

I know the title of my post seems wrong, since gingerbread men should be made of gingerbread, but I wanted to make some cinnamon dough ornaments, shaped like gingerbread men, so let’s just roll with it, ok? 🙂

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If you recall, the theme for my Christmas decor this year is ” old-fashioned farmhouse”, and just like the 1st ornament I shared this year (see it here), these little guys look like something Mary and Laura (the Little House girls) would have made to decorate their Christmas tree.

Your kitchen will smell delightful when you bake them too!

Let’s get started.

Supplies You’ll Need:

(Makes 12 to 15 ornaments)

3/4 cup applesauce

2 bottles (2.37 oz. each) ground cinnamon

Cookie cutters

Drinking straw


Spray sealer (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.)
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  • Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters. cinnamon dough ornament1
  • Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet. cinnamon dough ornament 3
  • Bake 2-1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack.
  • Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers,(fine tip set on Amazon)  if desired, but I decided to leave mine plain.  gingerbread men cinnamon dough ornaments -

I’m finishing up a few more ornaments, which I’ll be sharing later this week, so be sure to come back to see them!

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  1. I remember making these when the kids were young. In fact, my daughter still has hers. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Brings back happy memories. Now I make them with grandchildren! Life is sweet.

  3. I also made these when my kids were little but I also used glue? Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely make some this year.

  4. These are such a blast from the past for me! So cute…I’d love to do little reindeer…

  5. And I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Angie!

  6. Awwww, just super-cute…and yes, a wonderful project for children to help with, too! I like that it is versatile and you could do many different shapes if you chose. Can’t wait to see your tree!

  7. Very cute Angie. I think I still have the ones I made years ago, and they still smell good.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Audrey Z.

  8. What kind of spray sealer did you use? Also will these last for a few years?
    Thanks so much, love your site.

  9. Thanks for the recipe for these. It brings back memories of when I would fill the house the smell of baking gingerbread that my son would love on during the holidays. They make great ornaments!

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