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Christmas Potpourri

close up shot of christmas potpourri in a pot
Homemade Christmas potpourri will fill your home with a lovely blend of citrus and warm spices as it simmers on the stove.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Other
Cuisine American
Calories 275 kcal


  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, crushed into large pieces
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries (1½ cups)
  • ½ tablespoon whole cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 8 cup water


  • Slice the orange into thick slices and crush the cinnamon into large pieces.
  • In a large pot over low heat on the stovetop, add all of the ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Let simmer on low for as long as you’d like. Add more water to the pot as the water level drops.


  • Please note, this is not a drinkable recipe and is to be used as potpourri only. 
  • This recipe can also be made in the slow cooker. Simply cook on low for as long as you’d like, adding water as the level drops.
  • You can bring the potpourri to a boil, but be sure to turn the heat down as soon as it reaches this point. Let simmer for as long as you’d like to release the scent of the ingredients. 
  • If you wish to dry some of your potpourri ingredients, such as the cranberries, orange slices, or apples (if included), remove them from the mixture and place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 150°F for about 30 minutes. 


Calories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 107mgPotassium: 667mgFiber: 26gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 618IUVitamin C: 143mgCalcium: 263mgIron: 2mg