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"For every cup of applesauce, I add two or three tablespoons of white school glue - the nontoxic kind, just in case somebody licks their fingers while making the ornaments. It's an optional ingredient, but the glue seems to add a little elasticity to the dough, making the finished ornaments just a bit sturdier. "
Have fun with these!
My mother just unpacked a few ornaments I'd made when I wrote this article... as soon as she opened the tin, she said they smelled just wonderful!
The glue isn't a necessary component, but I think it makes the final product a little tougher. I certainly wouldn't run out and buy white glue for the recipe, but if you have some on hand, squirt a little in.