3 Christmas Simmer Pot Recipes That Will Make Your Whole House Smell Like Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the farmhouse! I’ve been working on this post for a couple weeks now, testing out Christmas simmer pot recipes, and I finally narrowed it down to my favorite recipes for today’s post!! These 3 Christmas simmer pot recipes are my tried and true, go to recipes that will have your entire house smelling like Christmas in no time!

What is a Christmas simmer pot?

But what is a Christmas simmer pot? Also called a potpourri or sometimes called a stove top potpourri, a simmer pot is basically a way to add scent / fragrance / aroma to your home. It has a similar affect to burning a candle, but you can customize the scent to your liking. The short version: you add a few fragrant ingredients and some water to a pot, and simmer it on low all day or as long as you like. The simmering will disperse the scent all throughout your home in the most magical way. A Christmas scented simmer pot is a great way to bring the scents of the season into your home and make your home smell extra festive this holiday season!

simmer pot, also called a stovetop potpourri full of fresh fruit, spices, and herbs

Simmer Pots vs Candles

Ok, here me out… I love burning my favorite holiday scented candles as much as the next girl! But there’s something extra comforting about the way a simmer pot fills your whole house with its fragrance. Plus you know exactly what the ingredients are, and don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals or toxins that may or may not be in your candles. Oftentimes, you can put together a simmer pot with items you already have on hand. Got some produce that’s on the way out? Use it up and make your house smell amazing! Two birds with one stone!! For this blog post, I wanted to create pretty photos to show you the ingredients I used. So you’ll see neatly sliced fruit and herbs for each recipe below. But often I’ll throw in an apple core, or an orange peel, or other discarded bits and pieces that would normally end up in the trash. Simmer pots can be a great way to use up items that otherwise would have been wasted.

Recipe #1: Santa’s Simmer

Inspired the red skin of the apples I used, I decided to name this Christmas simmer pot recipe Santa’s Simmer. The sweetness of the sliced apples, the freshness of the lemons, the spice from the cinnamon sticks, and a splash of vanilla to blend it all together! Let it come to a boil and you’ll have Santa at your house in no time!! This festive simmer pot recipe is one of my absolute favorite ways to bring the smells of the season into our home!

Christmas simmer pot recipe and ingredients arranges on wooden cutting board with apples, lemon, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla

Christmas Simmer Pot Ingredients:

  • apple
  • lemon
  • cinnamon sticks
  • vanilla

Recipe #2: Old-Fashioned Christmas Simmer Pot

I decided to call this recipe my Old-fashioned Christmas simmer pot, and when you smell it you’ll understand why. Sliced citrus and rosemary bring a fresh wintery vibe reminiscent of a fresh cut Christmas tree. And the cinnamon and cloves add a layer of warmth to this comforting festive simmer pot. When this simmer pot starts to boil, your home will quite literally be filled with the scent of a classic, old-fashioned Christmas!

Christmas simmer pot recipe and ingredients arranges on wooden cutting board with cinnamon sticks, cloves, oranges, and rosemary

Christmas Simmer Pot Ingredients:

  • oranges
  • cinnamon sticks
  • rosemary
  • cloves

Recipe #3: Christmas Morning Simmer Pot

If I had to pick a favorite, and if I could only boil one of these recipes all season long… it would have to be this Christmas morning simmer pot! It’s the warmth of the coffee, the spice of the cinnamon, and the sweetness of the vanilla. It’ll wake you up like a kid on Christmas morning, and it literally lasts for days. Keep adding water and reheat this one the next day, and the next day too. It’s so convenient – no produce needed, and I almost always have these three ingredients on hand. Plus the smell is intoxicatingly good!! Fair warning though, this simmer pot recipe might have you craving cinnamon rolls and coffee… but it is so worth it.

Christmas simmer pot recipe and ingredients arranges on wooden cutting board with coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla

Christmas Simmer Pot Ingredients:

  • coffee beans (any flavor)
  • cinnamon sticks
  • vanilla

Y’all these are my absolute favorite holiday simmer pot recipes, and I’ll be simmering them all season long here at the farmhouse! If you make any of these you’ll have to let me know which one you tried and if you liked it too!! And if you loved this post, be sure to check out my favorite spring simmer pot recipes too! I shared 3 spring scented simmer pots that are sure to freshen up your home for spring, but honestly could be used year round if you want a fresh, clean scent. If you’re more into the fall scents, be sure to check out my 3 favorite fall simmer pot recipes here. Thanks for stopping by the blog today, and as always, thanks so much for following along…

Love, Brittany

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