There is just something about Valentine’s Day themed crafts that I love. Each year since she started school my oldest daughter, Madeline, and I have made her valentines to hand out in class as well as valentines to send to friends and family members. Even before her school years we often made Valentine’s Day crafts just for fun.
At 2-years-old Delaney, my youngest, is starting to get her crafting legs under her. Watching her get more comfortable with glue, paint, and various other crafting supplies has had me looking forward to making something fun and heart filled with both of my girls together.
This year while cruising the Valentine’s Day aisle at the store I spotted some red hots and the idea of a cinnamon Valentine’s Day craft stuck. Cinnamon Applesauce Valentine’s Day Hearts are a perfect Valentine’s Day decoration and can make a yummy smelling gift too. While the girls cut out and decorated their hearts they planned who they’d be giving them to and decorated them with their recipients in mind. Look out teachers, friends, and grandparents something cute, personalized, and cinnamony is coming your way!
Supplies needed to make Cinnamon Applesauce Hearts
1 cup ground cinnamon (plus a bit extra for dusting your work surface)
3/4 cup applesauce
String or ribbon
A tool to poke holes such as a straw, toothpick, or stick
Heart shaped cookie cutters
How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce Hearts
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
Mix cinnamon and applesauce together in a bowl. The mixture should be about the consistency of play-doh, but not as stretchy and may look a bit shiny. Add more cinnamon if the mixture is too wet.
Lightly dust your work surface with cinnamon then roll out your cinnamon dough to about a 1/4″ thick. Use the cookie cutters to cut out hearts. Poke a hole through the heart using the straw, toothpick or stick. Pick a spot for the hole to make tying a string through when the heart is done easy. Place the heart on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Cut out hearts until your dough is completely used.
Press beads into the dough in whatever designs you like.
Once the hearts are decorated to your liking place the pan in the oven. Bake hearts for 2-3 hours or until hearts are hard and do not give to the touch. When the hearts are hard, pull from the oven and set aside to cool. Once cool, thread string or ribbon through the hole to make your hanging loop.