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Cinnamon Roll Activity Entices the Senses for Those with Alzheimer's

Posted by on 2/2/2015 to Dementia Activities

This 'flower' cinnamon roll activity can be done by the person with Alzheimer's living at home with a helper or in a small group setting. People with dementia at a higher level can help with the cutting and designing. Those of a lower level can help brush on the melted butter and sprinkle on the cinnamon. All can enjoy the wonderful aroma and taste!

'Flower' Cinnamon Roll Activity for Alzheimer's 

cinnamon baking activity for dementia
  • Start with a can of cinnamon roll dough or biscuit dough. Separate the rolls. 
  • Take one of the rolls and make 5 small cuts that start on the outside of the roll and go part way towards the center, to make the flower 'petals'.
  • Brush the dough flowers with a mix of melted butter and cinnamon; add nutmeg, if you choose to add more flavor.
  • Cut a maraschino cherry in half and put in in the center of the 'petals' to complete the flower.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned.
  • Enjoy and talk about memories of baking, eating tasty breakfast treats, or about flowers.

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