Sweet-Tooth Friday: Baked Ornaments

[fruit photo 1]Happy Sweet-Tooth Friday!  It’s Christine here, and this week I’ve got a fun baking project that makes a great Christmas gift!  These glittery citrus and apple slices look so nice on a tree or formed together into a wreath.  Best of all, these ornaments are inexpensive and totally easy!

Making Spirits Bright

Making and receiving homemade gifts is my favorite part of the holidays.  I’m lucky because my whole family gets into it!  Over the years I’ve bottled up and gifted organic limoncello, homemade vegetable broth, and even marshmallow fluff.  Last year my dad made everyone homemade jars of barbecue sauce.  For my birthday, Matt made me some running mix cds and a batch of frozen gnochhi.  My mom is an awesome sewer- she’s made some lavish lounging pillows for Matt’s dogs, and this year I think I’ve convinced her to sew me some frilly aprons.  And Erin bakes and packages up the yummiest biscotti ever.

[dried fruit ornaments photo]I don’t want to come off too sappy, but the time and thought put into homemade gifts really does make them extra special.  If you haven’t made a gift by hand since that kindergarten macaroni necklace, fret not!  These decorations are pretty much fool proof.  I used edible glitter because that’s what I had on hand, but regular clear or opal glitter (not silver) will look nice too.

I baked the citrus pieces directly on the oven racks, but the apples needed more support to keep from curling, so those I placed on a smaller wire rack I usually use for cooling baked goods. When making the apple ornaments, I found that I could only get about 4 attractive slices from each apple that included the seeds. With the leftover apple, toss some chunks in cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.  Baking up the spiced apple chips makes a delicious snack and will smell amazing.

Dried Fruit Ornaments


  • assortment of apples, grapefruit, oranges, and lemons
  • bay leaves
  • mod podge or any decoupage glue
  • paint brush
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon
  • glitter
  • sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, optional

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.

Slice the fruits into 1/4 inch slices.  Lay on paper towels and pat dry as much as you can.  Use the leftover lemon ends and squeeze lemon juice over the apple slices to prevent browning.  Sprinkle extra apple pieces with spices.

Lay the citrus pieces directly on the oven rack and the apple pieces on a smaller wire rack.  Bake for 2 to 3 hours until dry and firm, but not blackened.  The apples and lemons will be done before the grapefruits and oranges.  Turn the pieces over at least once during baking to keep the sides even and flat.  The spiced apple pieces that you want to eat need much less time, just about an hour.

When the slices are cool, brush them with mod podge and sprinkle with glitter while the glue is still wet.  (Obviously, don’t eat anything you put glue and glitter on).  If you want you can glaze the backs too once the fronts are dry.  Brush the bay leaves with mod podge and dip in glitter.  Attach ribbon loops to the backs of the slices with the hot glue gun, and bows if you want.  Use the hot glue to attach the bay leaves to the fruit and add little tags on the back of the ornaments.

If you want to make a wreath, glue the glittered pieces either on a cardboard circle or an actual wreath base.

[dried fruit wreath photo]

I had a nice time making these and was really pleased with the professional results!  Plus it was so nice to have my home smelling Christmasy.  So skip those couple hours you otherwise would have spent at the mall and get down with your crafty self!  See you next Sweet-Tooth Friday for more holiday ideas!

[fruit in gift box photo]

xoxo Christine

P.S. Don’t tell my fam what I’m making this year!



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  1. Those are too cute! They’d be such a nice personal gift to receive
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  2. Oh my god those are awesome. I love making gifts for people, what a great idea!

  3. Oh my goodness Christine I love it! I have been trying to figure out what to make all my friends for Christmas as I am strapped for cash. I am in school to become a dietician and my friends know what a health nut I am so this is the perfect gift for me to give. Thank you!


  4. These are such a cute idea. I think I will have to make some!
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  5. Beautiful! I agree that there is something special about a homemade gift. I LOVE the wreath you made me out of Christmas tree ornaments!

  6. Wow!!! I love these! I can see myself decorating a theme tree using all glittered baked fruit!

    And by the way… just for clarification… I am an awesome SEW- er, which has nothing to do with ‘sewer’! I was so confused when I read that! Thanks for the compliment!

    —- Mom

  7. Those ornaments are soooo pretty!! I love love love them!
    I may have to try them!!
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  8. Would you care to share your organic limoncello recipe?

    • Hey Kathryn,
      It was a couple years ago so I don’t remember which recipe exactly, but they are all pretty similar to this one:


      I do remember my recipe had me shake it up every day for the first month which this one doesn’t say to do. I used a huge apple juice jug, but separated into smaller bottles for gifting. The screw top bottles I found at the craft store were pretty expensive, so I just bought Maddog and dumped out the neon stuff. Believe it or not that was cheaper!

      To make it organic, just use organic lemons (trader joe’s has them), organic sugar, and organic vodka instead of 100 proof.

      • Thanks so much for the tips! I’m definitely going to try it out and see if it passes the test with my Italian family…

  9. How beautiful! I didn’t even know that was possible! The color of those grapefruit is so perfect for the season. And I bet those smell amazing as they are drying!
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  10. awesome. love it.

  11. These are amazing, Christine! I may have to try some this weekend with what I have on hand.
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  12. Wow- I might have to try those this year if I have time and if not, next year for sure. Who would have known dried fruit could be so pretty?
    .-= kristen´s last blog ..kind of fun =-.

  13. Those are bee-yoo-tiful! They will help me tick five people (who don’t know each other) off my Christmas list–as long as I don’t eat the fruit before putting mod podge on it 🙂
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  14. I made 2 wreaths on Sunday. They both turned out so pretty. The fruit took quite a while longer to dry than I thought it would but it’s definately worth the time.

    What a great and cute idea!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Achilles Pain 🙁 =-.

  15. These are so pretty, what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m going to share the post with my readers in my links post this weekend. Such a unique set of homemade ornaments and I love the wreath!
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  16. Sweetly stunning!
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  17. I’ll be making some of these next week.
    My question: what type (simple craft glitter?) and color(white, silver?) of glitter did you use.
    Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  18. Your ornaments are my favorite of the ones I have seen. :o)

  19. Just cremated most of my first batch, as my oven is marked in Celsius not Fahrenheit I should have put it on 110 NOT 225 . I should have realised this was too hot a temperature setting for drying. Next batch here we come!

  20. Hi there, these are beautiful! Do they last more than one year or do you make them new each time? Thanks, Anna

  21. Made the fruit ornaments using dehydrater. They are gorgeous! Thanks for the info and pics!

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