Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop Potpourri

It’s the time of year for holiday spirit and the best way to get that is the smell of cozy, warm spices in your home! I love nothing more than the warm smell of holiday flavors and I like to have this homemade potpourri simmering on my stovetop or slow cooker all holiday season. The mixture of orange, cranberries, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg simmer on the stovetop making your home smell like a dream. The best part is that you can re-use the mixture for weeks, simply adding water and simmering on the stove top.

This super easy recipe can be thrown together in seconds and the only key is not lting the water evaporate all the way. Add water when/if it runs low and store in the fridge until the next time you want to use it. Even if the mixture gets a little brown- the entire home will still smell just as amazing!

Stovetop Potpourri- Ingredients

The classic ingredients I like to use for this recipe are listed below, however feel free to experiment with the other options given to make this your own favorite combo.

Ingredients needed for Holiday Stovetop Potpourri:

  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Cranberries
  • Fresh Oranges

Stovetop Potpourri


Optional Ingredients to make it your own:

  • Apple Slices
  • Pine Needles
  • Vanilla Bean or vanilla extract
  • Star Anise
  • Lemon Slices
  • Fresh Rosemary

Equipment needed for Christmas Potpourri:

  • Simmering Pot or Slow Cooker
  • Water (it’s really that simple!)

Stovetop Potpourri

The process:

Combine your potpourri ingredients and 2 cups of water into a simmer pot and turn to low heat for a couple of hours, adding more water as needed. Enjoy the smells of the season!

How do I package Homemade Stovetop Potpourris to give as a gift?

Making and delivering holiday gifts to friends and neighbors is the best and this could be a very simple DIY project. You have two options for how to package and share this stove top potpourri.

Stovetop Potpourri

Mason Jar:

Fill a mason jar with all your potpourri ingredients and either give a whole clementine or small orange with instructions to cut it up before using, cut up pieces of orange peels to include in the jar instead of the whole fruit, or dry your orange slices for a shelf stable gift you can make way in advance. (Instructions on drying fruit below.)

You can also store your potpourri ingredients in a cellophane bag tied with a pretty ribbon and an instruction tag.

Stovetop Potpourri

Drying Fruit in the oven:

For oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus fruits, first preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Slice your citrus into 1/4 inch thick slices. Arrange on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cook in the oven for about 6 hours or until dry.

Do I need to use whole spices?

Ground spices will certainly smell delicious as well, but I like whole cinnamon sticks and cloves because I can strain the mixture and re simmer it multiple days in a row. In a pinch, ground spices will be fine though!

Fun combos to make for your Dry Potpourri Recipe:

Apple Pie:

  • Dried Apples
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg

Christmas Tree:

  • Pine Needles
  • Rosemary Sprigs
  • Orange
  • Cranberry
  • Cinnamon Sticks

Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop Potpourri

Yield: 1 saucepan-ful


  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange quartered., I used 2 small clementines because its all I had.
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of whole cloves
  • a pinch of fresh grated nutmeg, optional


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan and cover with water.
  2. Simmer on low.
  3. Enjoy the holiday aroma! :)
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. you can actually just use the rind from an orange since that’s where a lot of the scent comes from – so eat your orange first!

      1. Hello! For Pumpkin Pie I’d focus on the spices- cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, cloves and some fresh ginger!

  2. I’ve got my ingredient ready to go! Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. How many times can I use this mixture that I put on the stove?
    When I turn it off…can I reheat it the next day again?

    1. I keep using it and adding more water until the smell fades! I’d keep it in the fridge overnight though due to the fruit.

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