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Instant Christmas Scent Simmer

Instant Christmas Scent Simmer

I found this in a Time-Life Old Fashioned Christmas cookbook. I LOVE this stuff.

I keep it on the stove and boil it all day long the week of Christmas. Gave it as Christmas gifts to friends.

P.S. the recipe is as written in the book... just wanted to add that I've never taken mine off the stove. I keep in the pot and just keep adding water to it until the scent weakens. Then I mix up a new batch!

Submitted by: Lynne from Pittsburgh, PA
Yield: ---- not edible... for scent only


Featured in this Recipe

Cloves, Ground

Ground Cloves


Jar, 1/2 Cup, 2.5 oz.
Nutmeg, Ground

Ground Nutmeg


Jar, 1/2 Cup, 2.4 oz.
Anise Seeds

Anise Seeds


Flatpack, 1/2 Cup
Ginger, Ground

Ground Ginger


Jar, 1/2 Cup, 2 oz.

Preparation Instructions:

1. Place the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, anise and ginger in a 2-quart saucepan. Add the water and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Do not cover.
2. Reduce the heat to low and keep this brew simmering on your stove or on your woodstove.
NOTE: The mixture can be stored in the refrigerator to use again and again until the scent has diminished.

Helpful Hints

At the top of recipe it states: "For a lovely gift, make up a package of the dry ingredients of this mixture, along with instructions on how to use it. The simmering spices will perfume the entire house."

Based on 3 reviews

Customer Reviews


Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed the scent.

Linda M

Note: If you don’t have a woodstove and do not want to leave your stove on, try some of the boiled liquid in a cup on those small warmer plates for coffee or those small crockpot things. Keeps it hot and no danger of fire.

Virginia L

I haven’t even made it yet, but I can smell it already. I’m going to try it tonight!!! Thanks for the great idea.

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