Tis the season to decorate, and how much more fun is it to decorate with food. I have many fond memories baking cookies and filling up the house with all the warm yummy smells. We used to bake these cookies and put them on the tree. You can leave out the cinnamon and paint the cookies if you want a different look. It is most definitely an afternoon of fun and not as challenging as a gingerbread house! So have a blast! The story and picture below is from Natural Home Magazine and Written by Ken Hoyt. I hope you have as much fun having a green Christmas as I have had in the past, and the ornaments can go in your compost when you are tired of them
Fill your holiday tree with these simple-to-make cinnamon-scented ornaments, which will last for many seasons. We reused ribbons from last year’s packages to embellish. Cinnamon-Scented Cookies These fragrant cookies smell yummy, but—though nontoxic—they are not good for snacking.
You will need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon oil (increase amount for more fragrant cookies more)
1 cup water
Parchment paper or silicone mat
Mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add water gradually and stir continuously until completely absorbed. Knead for a few minutes. Chill, covered, for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator before proceeding.
Roll dough flat on parchment paper to a 1/4-inch thick. Cut designs with a cookie cutter or freehand with a small knife. Pierce a hole in the top with the end of a chopstick.
Place cookies on a parchment paper. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 to 3 hours (convection ovens speed the process). Remove when very firm and set aside to cool. Thread with string or ribbon and hang.