Apple Pie Spice

I’m pretty much a self-professed spice hoarder, so Penzey’s almost makes me as happy as Nordstrom does. Seriously, it’s pretty close. Last week I was making a recipe for an upcoming post and thought it needed a little kick in autumnal flavor department. Since apples are the star ingredient, it only seemed natural to whip up a batch of Homemade Apple Pie Spice.

As soon as the air turns crisp and leaves start to turn, I get into serious Fall baking mode and in my opinion there’s no better aroma than Fall spices like ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. Sure you can pick up a jar of Apple Pie Spice from your local market, but making your own is simple and it will save you a few bucks since I’m betting you have most of the ingredients on hand.

By making your own spice blends, you can also tweak the amounts and customize the blend to meet your taste. Love cardamom? Add a little more in, I promise – you really can’t mess it up!

I love throwing apple pie spice into apple pie (of course), but it’s also great in any dessert that you want to add a little bit of warmth and depth to. Think baked apples, oatmeal, apple muffins and so much more!

I like to store my spice blends in Weck jars, but really, any jar or bottle will do. You can even wash, dry and reuse old spice jars making it even more economical!

If you’re crafty, I think a cute label and a little twine could make homemade apple pie spice the perfect little gift for fall. Couple the spice blend with a basket of freshly picked apples and you have a great holiday gift for neighbors, co-workers, friends and family.

Looking for More Spice Blends? Check these out:

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Homemade Chili Seasoning

Apple Pie Spice

Yield: about 1/3 cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom


  1. Combine spices in a small bowl, mix well to combine. Store in a small jar or spice container.


  • These measurements don't need to be precise. If you prefer more of one spice or less of another, feel free to adjust to your liking.
  • If using freshly grated nutmeg, you'll want to decrease the amount a bit as it tends to be be quire a bit stronger than jarred, ground nutmeg.
  • The Weck Jar in the photo is the 976-165 Mini Mold Jar.
  • I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the label. The fonts used are Pharmacy and Liorah.

50 Responses to “Apple Pie Spice”

  1. Blog is the New Black — September 24, 2012 at 7:30 am

    LOVE this idea!

  2. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — September 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Lovely! Bring on apple pie season! :)

  3. Kirsten@My Kitchen in the Rockies — September 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

    That’s a great spice mixture to have on hand. Thanks!

  4. Carlas Confections — September 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I just bought some apple pie spice last week and was thinking that I really should have made some instead. This looks like the perfect recipe to add to my collection :)

  5. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Nice to know how to make it at home! Thanks!

  6. buttercream bakehouse — September 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    our favorite spice of all time. Can leave containers of this laying around the bakehouse just for the spicy fragrance. Thanks for posting.

  7. Paula — September 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I can’t wait to make a jar of this. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. luv what you do — September 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    What a festive housewarming gift for this time of year!

    • Jamie — September 24th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      I completely agree! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Teri — September 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Would love to do these as mini gifts. Would one batch of this spice fit into the smallest Weck container? I noticed that you use the largest of the mini mold which holds 5.6 fluid ounces. I don’t want to buy these containers and find out I have to quintuple the recipe…

    • Jamie — September 24th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      The jar that is seen in the photo is the 976-165 Mini Mold Jar. The amount pictured in the photo in the entire recipe listed above. I hope this helps. Have a great day!

  10. Amanda — September 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I’m looking forward to making this! I have your pumpkin pie spice and taco seasoning on hand, and they are both awesome!

    • Jamie — September 24th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      So happy to hear you are enjoying the spice blends – I hope you love this one just as much as the others! Have a great day!

  11. Avril — September 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I. Can. NOT. Wait. To. Make. This. RECIPE!!!! Hooray! Thank you for sharing :-)

  12. Marsha — September 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I just made a fresh batch of this over the weekend! It’s so good and was perfect in our first pumpkin bread of the season! I do love the idea of making this for a seasonal gift too!

  13. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I need to make a batch of this asap, sounds perfect for all of the apples I have coming next week.

  14. Meenu — September 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    looks yummy…tks for sharing!

  15. Katie — September 25, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for the all important tip about nutmeg as I always prefer to use freshly ground spices including nutmeg. I know it’s quite strong and if used sparingly, can overpower the taste of any recipe in which it is used.

  16. Jody @ the hobby room diaries — September 25, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Oh, Penzey’s is my absolute favorite! My spice collection just keeps growing and I really don’t see anything wrong with it and making your own spice blends is even better. Do you have a store near you? There’s one in Seattle by the market and spending a couple hours getting fresh seafood and produce and spices is heaven.

  17. Amy — September 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I was thrilled to see your post about spices. Penzeys is a favorite of mine too, especially for making Ginger Molasses Cookies this time of year. Spices for me either make or break a dish and for whatever reason, Penzeys seems to take the cake when it comes to flavor. Every pinch adds a bit of the rich and robust. Glad to find a fellow fan. (p.s. I don’t work for this company nor do I get anything from this post but I do love spreading the word about things I love,)

  18. Shaina — September 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Spice blends make great gifts, and I love the font on that label. Super cute!

  19. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I love those Weck jars, time to start making some spices mixes to fill mine up!

  20. Megan Pence @ Country Cleaver — September 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Totally digging the one step apple pie-ing process here!

  21. Kiran @ — September 27, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Love the addition of cardamom in this recipe :)

  22. Sugar Babt — September 28, 2012 at 1:46 am

    It’s so true that cold weather jumpstarts my baking – and this is just perfect for fall! Love the idea of this as a gift. :-)

  23. Seonaid — September 28, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Mmm shame we can’t smell it via the internet!

  24. Inigo Boy — September 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    i just love apple pies :)

  25. Dana — October 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Great idea! I’m gonna to try this making a spiced tea. =)

  26. Life's a Bowl — October 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Love this, definitely need to make a jar of this for the fall- great flavors!

  27. Anika — November 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Great gift idea! Thank you!

  28. Natasha — November 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I totally love and ‘got’ the Penzeys and Nordstrom comment and completely agree :D the greatest thing is that both stores require a Fall visit….Vietnamese cinnamon and a knee high Italian leather are a Fall must!

  29. Beatriz Bailey — March 4, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Love your spice recipes!! Pinned them :) if you have a chai spice, I’d love that recipe too :)
    Thank you!!

    • Elizabeth — April 13th, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Haha I just said something similar below without realizing :P

  30. Elizabeth — April 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

    How about a chai spice? I love the idea of premixing the spices and storing in a jar. I have been struggling to find a good mix for chai flavor so far.

  31. kathrynwitte — July 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Is there a way to print the recipe with or without the photos and without the entire post? Shouldn’t there be? Thanks.

    • Jamie — September 13th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Hi Kathryn,

      There is a “print recipe” button within the blue box that the recipe appears in. It is on the right hand side, and is brown. This will allow you to print the recipe by itself.
      – Jamie

  32. teresa — September 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Jamie. Love your idea!! How much of the Apple Pie spice mixture do u add to make one pie

    • Jamie — October 3rd, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      I would start with 2 teaspoons and give the mixture a little taste before filling the pie crust. You can adjust from there – I hope this helps.

  33. Sandy Manning — September 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I wish someone would come up with a homemade dry seasonings mix like hidden valley ranch mix. Have you ever seen that?

    • Jamie — October 3rd, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      I haven’t, but it sounds amazing. Sorry I am not more of a help. Thanks for stopping by!

  34. Renee H — September 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Do you have a recipe for “pumpkin pie spice”?

  35. teresa — September 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Jamie how much Apple pie spice for 1 apple pie?

    • Jamie — October 3rd, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      I would start with 2 teaspoons and give the mixture a little taste before filling the pie crust. You can adjust from there – I hope this helps.

  36. Cheryl — October 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Jamie, Thank you for the Apple Pie Spice mix. I am making a Caramel Bliss Cake and it uses Apple Pie Spice and since I only make an apple pie every few years, I didn’t want to go buy the spice; and usually I make things home made anyways.
    To Sandy Manning, I have a recipe for the Hidden Valley Ranch mix. I can send it on here if you like. Let me know.

    • Penny Pennell — January 23rd, 2014 at 12:33 am

      I’d love the hvr mix recipe!
      Thanks Cheryl

  37. Deborah Swanson — April 26, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Hi Jamie, I’m late to your blog. I wanted to say thanks for being so thorough in your instructions for both the spice and the labels. I’m one of those people who likes to do things but am not always creative – you gave me everything I needed to make little gifts for a dessert and coffee meet & greet I’m hosting. Enjoy the rest of your spicy day!

    • Jamie — April 28th, 2015 at 11:02 am

      I’m so glad to help. I hope your meet and greet goes wonderfully. Thanks for visiting.


  38. plasterer bristol — May 4, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Gotta love this old school classic, great recipe, thanks for sharing.


    • Jamie — May 4th, 2016 at 10:06 am

      You’re welcome, Simon! Some of the old recipes are the best!

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