Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Homemade pumpkin pie spice is easy to make from scratch using cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
One spice blend I always have on hand in the fall is pumpkin pie spice. It’s so easy to make from scratch and you can use it in a variety of baking recipes. When you have pumpkin pie spice on hand, you don’t have to measure the individual spices!
Why this recipe works: It uses all the spices found in pumpkin pie. You can use more cinnamon for a softer flavor or more ginger and cloves for an intense taste. This recipe also doubles and triples easily.
Pumpkin pie spice uses a ratio of common spices. Make sure they are all fresh and not expired so your spice blend has the best flavor. If you’re unsure, smell the individual spices and if they have lost their scent then it’s best to replace them. Here’s what’s in pumpkin pie spice:
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground ginger
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground cloves
- Ground allspice
How to make pumpkin pie spice
- In a small bowl, whisk together to ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
- Place the blend in a small airtight container and store in your spice cabinet until ready to use.
Substituting pumpkin pie spice in recipes
If a pumpkin spice recipe calls for individual spices, but you want to use your homemade pumpkin pie spice, then this is how you substitute it. Add up the measurements of all the spices and that is the measurement of pumpkin pie spice you would use.
For example, my pumpkin snickerdoodles recipe calls for 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon ground allspice. 1 ½ + ½ +½ + ¼ equates to 2 3/4 teaspoons. Substitute these spices with 2 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, but the date depends on how fresh your individual spices were when you made the spice blend. If your spices were fresh, the pumpkin pie spice will keep for 3 years.
Place the spice blend in an airtight container. I prefer little mason jars or empty spice containers. Remember to label the container with the expiration date!
Yes. When in ground form, allspice and cloves have a similar pungent flavor. Allspice tends to be a little more peppery while cloves are slightly sweet. I recommend using at least one if not both in pumpkin pie spice.
Yes, you can omit the cloves entirely or substitute it with the same measurement of cardamom (that’s what Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice mix uses).
Yes, if you are making a lot of pumpkin desserts I recommend doubling this pumpkin pie spice recipe.
There are so many uses for pumpkin pie spice. You can add 1/2 teaspoon to overnight oats with chopped apple and pecans. You can also use it in pancake batter like I did for my fluffy pumpkin pancakes. My personal favorite are pumpkin muffins with streusel topping.
If you’re looking for something sweeter, then my pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are a delicious option. At Thanksgiving homemade pumpkin pie from scratch is a must or you can try these bite-sized pumpkin pies.
Can you believe how easy it is to make your own pumpkin pie spice? Honestly, I never buy the blend at the store because I can just make it at home and use it in whatever fall recipe I’m making. Homemade pumpkin pie spice can be doubled and tripled easily if you are making a lot of pumpkin desserts this fall!
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- Add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Use as directed in recipe or store in an airtight container until ready to use.