Grab an orange, an apple, cinnamon and cloves and simmer your own stovetop potpourri this Christmas Eve! This recipe will have you coming back year after year. Your home will smell just like Christmas!
Hello friends! Can you believe it? There’s only four more sleeps until the big day! Today, I want share something that has become a newer tradition in our home that I started last year or the year before. You may know all about it already, but for those of you who don’t, here is my how-to for stovetop potpourri. I’m calling this recipe “Christmas Eve stovetop potpourri because you can put it on to simmer Christmas Eve, cover it over night and simmer again Christmas morning. Not only will your home smell amazing, but the colors of colors and textures of this potpourri are beautiful!
There are many different “recipes” for stovetop potpourri. I have tried several different combinations, but this one is my absolutely favorite! You can get creative with this. There is no wrong or right combination. It’s all personal preference. I personally love the smell of of berries, citrus, cloves and cinnamon this time of the year. This combination gives you all of that! I tried different combinations of things over the past couple of years until I got a smell that was perfect for our home. Grab the full recipe below.
Is there anything better than citrus and cinnamon at Christmas time? I love the fresh, yet warm scent it gives. For the apple, I use a granny smith, because that’s what we eat. I say use what you already have on hand.
Whole cloves work great for this, but if you have trouble finding them as I have, ground cloves work just fine.
Christmas Eve Stovetop Potpourri
- 1 Lg. Orange, sliced into 1/8 - 1/4" slices
- 1 Apple of choice, sliced into 1/8" - 1/4" slices
- 1-2 cups Fresh cranberries
- 3-4 Cinnamon sticks
- 1-2 tsp. Ground cloves, whole if you prefer
- 1 Vanilla bean pod or 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (optional)
- 2-3 Cedar or pine sprigs (optional)
Fill a large Dutch oven or crockpot 2/3rds full with water.
Mix in cloves and vanilla.
Slice an orange and apple and add to the pot.
Add cranberries, cinnamon sticks and cedar or pine springs.
Simmer on the stove at low heat or in a crockpot for 3-4 hours or until your home smells of Christmas!
Remove from heat and cool. Cover and re-simmer on Christmas morning. After two uses, toss potpourri.
I love the way stovetop potpourri looks. All of the natural elements are so beautiful! There are so many different things you can use to create a certain scent. Get creative and make it your own!
Many stovetop potpourri recipes will have you toss it just after one use. I found that this recipe smells just as wonderful the next morning. I allow my potpourri come down to room temperature and then cover it. Christmas morning, simply uncover and simmer on low.
I can’t believe how well this amazing smell makes it throughout our home. I wish I could bottle it up for you! I think you would love it. I love how certain scents take you right back to certain moments in time. This will be a tradition that we carry with us, like our Christmas Eve hot cocoa, into the future and look back with fond memories.
I hope you have a wonderful week friends and Happy Christmas!