Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe

Christmas simmer pot, simmer pot recipe, simmer pot gift bags

If you’re wondering how to make your home smell like Christmas, this Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe will give you the perfect cozy Christmas scent! The simmer pot gift bags also make the perfect thoughtful Christmas gift for teachers, a hostess, or party favors. I’ve also included printable gift tags! (See below)

Christmas simmer pot, simmer pot recipe, simmer pot gift bags

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The only thing that takes a bit of time for these simmer pots, is the dehydrated oranges. You can definitely order them online to make things easy but it’s really inexpensive and easy to make them if you have the time.

how to dehydrate oranges in the oven

How to dehydrate oranges in the oven:

Start by slicing your oranges into 1/8 or 1/4 inch slices. The thicker they are, the longer they’ll take in the oven. You’ll want to pat them dry with a paper towel then add them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Oranges have natural sugar so they will stick if you don’t line your pan. They typically take about 3 hours in the oven but that can vary depending on how juicy your oranges are, how thick the slices are, etc. Flip them half way through and you’ll know when they’re done when they are no longer shiny and look completely dry.

how to dehydrate oranges in the oven

How to make a Christmas simmer pot:

Once you’ve dehydrated your oranges and they’ve completely cooled, you can assemble your gift bags. You can also give these away in the cute little glass pots that are popular on Tiktok. I just found that to be a little pricy because I had 10 teachers to make gifts for. But they make a great gift!

There’s no real trick to assembling the simmer pot gift bags other than the order that you place everything in. The cranberries need to go in first then you can add in the cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and rosemary.

Christmas simmer pot, simmer pot recipe, simmer pot gift bags

After adding all of the simmer pot ingredients, you tie the bags to seal them. Most of the treat bags come with little twist ties. I did use those but I also added some Christmas ribbon to make it cuter and give me something to tie the tags on with.

Christmas simmer pot, simmer pot recipe, simmer pot gift bags


To use the Christmas simmer pot, you’ll want to add all of the bag contents to a sauce pan along with 3 cups of water. Simmer over medium/low heat and add water as necessary. You can also use a mini slow cooker on low. Your whole house will smell amazing!

christmas simmer pot

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Christmas simmer pot, simmer pot recipe, simmer pot gift bags

Christmas Simmer Pot Recipe

Coco and Ash
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 gift bags



  • 2 large naval oranges
  • 3 and ½ cups fresh cranberries (about 18 ounces)
  • ¼ cup whole cloves (find them here)
  • 20 whole cinnamon sticks (find them here)
  • 10 sprigs of fresh rosemary


How to dehydrate orange slices:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pre-heat your oven to 200°.
  • Slice your naval oranges into slices that are about ⅛ to ¼ inch thick. (the thicker they are, the longer they'll take in the oven)
  • Pat the slices dry with a paper towel then lay on the lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for about 3 hours, flipping half way through. When the oranges look dry and no longer shiny, they are done.

Filling the treat bags:

  • Fill each bag in this order:
    ⅓ cup of fresh cranberries
    5-6 cloves
    2 cinnamon sticks
    2 dried/cooled orange slices
    1 fresh sprig of rosemary
  • Tie each bag with a twist tie or a cute ribbon. You can also use a hole punch to add the printable gift tags.
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment!

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