Reduce, Reuse, Rejoice: Cinnamon-Scented Cookie Ornaments

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Decorate your tree with fragrant, nontoxic cookies.
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Fragrant DIY ornaments adorn a natural holiday tree.

Cookie master

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.