Pumpkin Pie Spice
Learn how to make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice with just 5 ingredients. Make a batch today to store in your spice drawer. Then use this homemade spice blend in your favorite pumpkin recipes all season long!
Once of the first things I do when September arrives is make a batch of pumpkin pie spice. Filled with warm spice flavors, this simple spice mix is my favorite to have on hand for fall baking. It’s an essential ingredient if you love baking and pumpkin recipes.
You’ll need only five common spices to make this recipe, and you likely have all of them in your kitchen right now. As you whisk the spices together, you’ll be hit with the scent of Pumpkin Pie. That alone is enough to get me in full-on fall baking mode!
You’ll Love Making Your Own Spice Blend
- You can adjust the ingredients to your tastes, adding more or less of each spice to suit your preferences.
- You won’t have to run to the grocery store if you run out of this seasonal spice blend in the middle of baking. You can mix up this easy recipe in less than 5 minutes! It’s less expensive, too.
- As long as the individual spices that you use are fresh, your homemade spice mix should stay fresh for up to a year, stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
You can use this homemade pumpkin pie spice in any recipe that calls for pumpkin pie spice. Try it in Pumpkin Muffins or Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies, and see my suggestions below for more ways to use it.
What is in Pumpkin Pie Spice?
You’ll need these 5 ingredients for this pumpkin pie spice recipe:
All are ground spices that you’ll want to stock in your pantry if you enjoy baking. When you combine them together, they make an aromatic spice blend that enhances the flavor of all things pumpkin!
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
This recipe is so simple! To start, combine the ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and nutmeg in a small bowl. You’ll find the exact measurements for each of the spices in the recipe card below.
Whisk the spices together until everything is well combined. If there are any lumps of spices, use the back of a spoon to break up the lumps and then whisk again.
That’s it! You’ve made your own pumpkin pie spice, and it’s better than any pre-made spice mix you would buy at the grocery store.
How to Use it
You can substitute this homemade pumpkin pie spice 1:1 in any recipe that calls for pumpkin pie spice. You can also use it in pumpkin recipes that call for a few individual spices. I usually estimate the amount of pumpkin pie spice to use by adding up the amounts of individual spices. Sometimes I’ll add a bit more, to really bring out the warm spice flavors.
Pumpkin spice mix is also delicious in:
- Coffee: Stir a bit of pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree and maple syrup into strong brewed coffee or espresso and add milk to make a pumpkin spice latte. Or, mix it in with your ground coffee before brewing. I also do this with Gingerbread Spice Mix to make Gingerbread Coffee.
- Oatmeal: Sprinkle it over Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats or make Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal.
- Whipped Cream: Mix into freshly whipped cream.
- Spiced Nuts: Use it in place of the cinnamon in this Candied Pecans recipe.
- Use in Place of Cinnamon: Substitute pumpkin pie spice in place of ground cinnamon in recipes for a pumpkin flavor twist.
Store your homemade spice mix in an airtight container, such as a small jar with a tight-fitting lid. These small glass jars work perfectly for storing homemade spices and seasonings. You can even reuse an empty glass spice jar from the store – just wash it out well and let it dry. Store your pumpkin spice mix at room temperature and keep it out of the sun – a cupboard or drawer is a good place to store your spices.
Your pumpkin spice will stay fresh for a year or more, depending on the freshness of the individual spices you use. Before mixing the spices together, check the expiration date each of them to make sure that they are fresh.
Use Your Pumpkin Pie Spice in these Recipes
- Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Pancakes
- Pumpkin Granola
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
- Pumpkin Smoothie
- Pumpkin Waffles
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to blend well. If there are any lumps or clumps of spices, break them up with the back of a spoon and then stir again.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Homemade pumpkin pie spice will stay fresh for as long as the individual spices are fresh (check their expiration dates!).
- You can double or halve this recipe, to make more or less pumpkin pie spice.