DIY Iced Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments Made with Cinnamon Dough

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These DIY iced gingerbread cookie ornaments made with cinnamon dough will keep your home smelling like the holidays and fresh baked Christmas cookies for many years to come! They look and smell so realistic, and the “icing” makes them almost cute enough to eat!

DIY iced gingerbread cookie ornaments

Last December the kids and I made these ornaments together, and they still look and smell just as good as they day we made them! But if you’ve ever made cinnamon dough ornaments, you already know they hold their smell for years. This year I plan to make some more to use as ornaments, and then some to use to create my own gingerbread man garland! Here is the inspo pic for the garland… This felted gingerbread man garland is from Anthropology, and is no longer available on their site.

gingerbread man garland

And here is how I made the ornaments!


  • 2 cups of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cloves (optional)
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1.5 cups applesauce
  • 4 tbsp white craft glue, like Elmers
  • disposable straw
cinnamon, elmer's glue, applesauce, and puffy paint

I used 2 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice instead of cloves and nutmeg because that’s what I had on hand. To make the ornaments, mix all your ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. You may need to adjust the amount of cinnamon / applesauce and glue depending on how wet / dry your mixture is. It should be dry enough to roll out and cut, but wet enough to stick together good. Next roll out your dough to about 1/3 to 1/2 an inch thickness. Once you roll out your dough, use cookie cutters in Christmas shapes to cut out the ornaments. Use a disposable straw to poke a hole for your string. One hole for an ornament, or two holes for a garland. Then all that’s left to do is dry them and “ice” the cookies.

flatlay of doughbowl candle, cinnamon sticks, and DIY iced gingerbread cookie ornaments
spiced gingerbread scented dough bowl candle

To dry the ornaments you can bake them on a cookie sheet at 200 degrees for a couple hours, turning occasionally. Or you can air dry them turning them in the mornings and evenings. This takes longer but you don’t risk them curling up in the oven or burning. And to ice the ornaments, I use white puffy paint! It holds its shape and looks so much like real icing!

reindeer ornament made of cinnamon dough

Also, I wanted to take a minute to tell you about this Spiced Gingerbread scented candle, as it happens to be one of my current favorite scents this holiday season! It’s from a small shop, Stroud Simply Southern, and you can shop all her candles and scents by clicking [this link] or any of the photos below. I had this candle burning while working on this DIY, and between the candle and the cinnamon dough our whole house smelled amazing!!

Aren’t these just the cutest little DIY iced gingerbread cookie ornaments?! If you try this DIY and share on social media, tag me so I can see!

DIY iced gingerbread cookie ornaments

Oh, and if you enjoyed this DIY Christmas decor idea, be sure to check out [this post] where I shared the DIY dried oranges I made this year too! They’ll eventually be strung up as a garland, and used as ornaments too! I hope this post brought a little holiday inspo and Christmas joy to your scroll today! Thanks for stopping by the blog, and as always, thanks so much for following along…

Love, Brittany

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