Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice is so easy to make at home. You can amp up the cloves and ginger for a sharper flavor, or the cinnamon, for a softer, cozier spice.

This post for Pumpkin Pie Spice was originally posted in September 2011. It has been updated with new photos and text, but the recipe remains the same.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is a great thing to have on hand when you bake throughout the fall season. No need to run to the store!

I have an addiction to spices. No matter how many times I obsessively organize and consolidate my stash, it turns into a ridiculous mess within days.

Eventually, it gets to the point where I can’t even close the cabinet door. Spices in full-on attack mode with the courage to jump out at any of us brave enough to open the door, it’s a thing that happens in this house with regularity.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s been there. Buying particular spices for one dish and never opening the container again – let alone remembering that you actually have it buried somewhere on you pantry shelves. Yep, that’s me – I’m the girl with three containers of Garam Masala, but will totally run out of something common like chili powder twice in two months.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is better than any premade version you can find. And it's budget-friendly!

I’m also a little lazy, so if there’s a way to cut a couple of corners without sacrificing the end result, I’m all about it! A few years ago, I found myself in the middle of a fall baking marathon and realized I was out of Pumpkin Pie Spice.

My first instinct was to head to the store – but then that aforementioned laziness kicked in and I figured – wait a sec, I bet I can make this myself. And I did and it was splendid.

This laziness-turned-inspiration is not unprecedented. I also make my own chili/taco seasoning, after running out on a rainy taco Tuesday when a grocery store run was not in the cards. It’s pretty darn rocking, and this pumpkin pie spice is equally as fantastic!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is so easy to put together. You probably have all the ingredients in your spices right now!

Now whenever a recipe calls for the typical blend of fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. I toss in a couple of teaspoons of this homemade pumpkin pie spice. It’s better than any pre-made version that I have found and since you probably have all the spices on hand, it’s a little thrifty. And we all like thrifty, right?

I measure all of the ingredients into a small Weck jar, seal it up and give it a good shake to ensure it’s well incorporated. Then you can smack a label on it and you’re good to go.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice can be stored in your pantry along with your other spices. Easy!

Or if you’re momentarily obsessed with adhesive vinyl (that’d be me), you can go that route and cut out a nice font for your homemade pumpkin pie spice. Just store it in your pantry as you would any other spice and you’ll have all the flavors of fall at your fingertips.

You can even make your pumpkin pie spice a bit more customized by bumping up the ginger and cloves, for a sharper, more robust flavor, or go light on those and amp up the cinnamon for a softer flavor. When you make it yourself, you can make it JUST right, and that’s worth doing at least once every Autumn.

Photo Credit: Emily Caruso

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Yield: about 5 tablespoons

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves

Directions:

  1. Combine spices in a small bow, mix well to combine.
  2. Store in a small jar or spice container.
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128 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Spice”

  1. Savorique — September 22, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Spices are trendy now since that August medical article that unveiled that spices help combat fat!

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  2. Jen at The Three Little Piglets — September 22, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I feel you on this one – I too have more spices than I know what to do with. I’m kind of obsessed with sea salt lately, and I have like 20 different blends, including a black truffle sea salt. Once you have the basics it’s so easy to blend your own though, and you’re right, they’re so much better!

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  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 22, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for this! Can’t wait to test it out!

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  4. Cindy — September 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I love this idea and am doing it tonight! I wanted to know about the vinyl. My sis and I have done the vinyl with her cricut machine before, but it’s hard to get the letters off after they are cut without messing them all up, any secrets? Thanks in advance.

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    • Jamie — September 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Cindy-
      I always use transfer paper to adhere the vinyl to a surface. You can purchase it at Michael’s. Thanks for stopping by.
      Jamie

  5. Happy When Not Hungry — September 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Great idea!! Why do I spend $5.99 on pumpkin pie spice when I can make my own???

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  6. Stephanie L — September 22, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I do this but I also had some ground anise seed to the mix because I just love it and it always takes me back to fall baking with my Gram because she put it in everything. It is infinitely better than anything in the store…love this post!!

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  7. Ambar — September 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I have actually never used pumpkin pie spice, how would I use this? Making some now as I type. Im also a spice freak. Its so therapeutic.

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    • Rose — October 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I use pumpkin pie spice in my apple cake recipe and also when making oatmeal raisin cookies. Yum – Yum!

    • Nyteflame — September 8, 2013 at 3:27 am

      Squash. Not just pumpkin, any winter squash (except maybe spaghetti squash). Sweet potatoes and yams too (do you make mashed yams or candied sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving?).

      I know some Kale recipes call for nutmeg, so you might try a dash of this with some red pepper flakes for steamed Kale (or other dark leafies…I happen to love Kale of all the leafy greens)

    • Kelsey — September 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      You can use it on almost anything you can think of, savoury or sweet. It’s also great in yogurt, oatmeal, lattes or hot chocolate, cakes, nuts mixes, popcorn, veggies, etc…

  8. Jan — September 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

    One night I threw together my own version of chinese 5-spice powder because I had none and I had forgotten to buy it at the store. Laziness often wins! And, why buy the separate powder if you already have all the spices in your pantry ;) Thanks for sharing!

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    • sarah — September 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

      oh! I can’t believe I never thought to mix my own 5-spice powder. If you don’t mind sharing what was your mix? Such a fantastic idea :)

  9. Robin — September 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I can’t even buy pumpkin pie spice where I live. Thanks for the recipe!

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  10. Lindsay @ Schnoodle Soup — September 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Ha – this made me laugh because I thought, “What a great idea” immediately followed by, “I’ll never have allspice!”. Great recipe though. I think I’ll put allspice on the list this week!

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  11. Terra — September 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I love this idea to make my own pumpkin pie spice! Thank you for sharing:-) I agree, my spices end up in crazy mess, I love so many:-) Take care, Terra

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  12. sarah — September 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I have a spice addiction too. I tend to buy in bulk from Penzey’s since I go through them so quickly. Nothing makes me happier than dragging all of my bags of spices out of the pantry and refilling the cute little glass jars in my spice drawer. It makes me feel like such a happy food geek!
    I’ve mixed my own pumpkin pie spice before, but typically just the amount I need for a recipe. Thinking that I should mix a batch to keep around for things like oatmeal now that Fall is approaching.

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    • Sharon Nelson — November 9, 2012 at 1:40 am

      Hi Sarah,
      I shop at Penzy’s in Houston, TX. We love this wonderful store, and can never have enough spices!

  13. Hoxiesgirl — September 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I’m convinced! So much so that I’ve ordered the cute Weck jars and am now trying to figure out the adhesive vinyl lettering you are using. How did you do that??

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    • Jamie — September 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I actually used my Silhouette Digital Cutting System to cut the adhesive vinyl. I then used a piece of transfer paper to adhere the letters to the Weck Jar.
      -Jamie

  14. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — September 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Thank you so much! I never have pumpkin pie spice when I need it. Now I can just make my own!

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  15. Barb — September 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I love pumpkin pie spice in all of my fall baking and now knowing I can have a premixed homemade mixture of it just makes me jump up and down!!!

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  16. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — September 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I think I may have a few packages of Garam Masala hiding in my pantry as well. This mix however is definitely more useful!

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  17. Brian — September 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Great idea! Where do you get the adhesive vinyl lettering for the jar? That’s really cool!

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    • Jamie — September 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      Brian-
      Thanks for stopping by. I actually used my Silhouette Digital Cutting System to cut the adhesive vinyl. I then used a piece of transfer paper to adhere the letters to the Weck Jar.
      -Jamie

  18. Paula — September 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Love this and going to mix some up myself. Thanks so much for sharing. Going to take a look at your home-made taco seasoning now.

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  19. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I am going to make some of this and stash it in my pantry for the fall baking season! Great recipe!

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  20. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — September 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    This would be great holiday gift also!

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  21. Yuri — September 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I’m a spice hoarder, love playing with them! This blend looks fabulous, fall in the Caribbean is not the same as in the US but I can’t wait to get my hands on some pumpkin and bake delicious fall desserts :)

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  22. Tracy — September 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Love this – and I definitely love thrifty! :-)

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  23. angela@spinachtiger — September 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Hooray for this. I like my spices to be fresh. I have to pin. Your site is all over my pinterest.

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  24. Madhuli — September 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you for the lovely recipe.even the Taco & chilli seasoning .specially since I am in India where the ready mix is not easily available..thanks again.

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  25. Fair — September 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Lol. When Spices Attack! My cabinet for spices? EXACTLY the same song, second verse. Every time I think I have finally mastered it- within days chaos descends. (o.0)

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  26. kadhyaa — September 23, 2011 at 2:23 am

    first time here and a great space. very useful recipes.

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  27. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — September 23, 2011 at 2:58 am

    This is such a smart idea! Pumpkin Pie Spice seems to be one of those spices that always comes in a teeny tiny spice container, and I always run out each fall.

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  28. Peggy — September 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

    oh genius! I don’t think I’ll ever buy pumpkin pie spice from the store ever again!

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  29. Beth — September 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you! I use it alot, but I’m too cheap to buy it, so everytime I need it I run to my computer and search for it then just make what I need. It’s such a pain, so I will make this today and print a label with the ingredients and your blog. You will save me a lot of hassel in the future :)

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  30. Carole — September 24, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for sharing. And I guess I need to put a Silhouette on my Wish list. :-)

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  31. Tammi D — September 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hey thanks for the laugh over this blog post. Not that i am laughing at you but with you. as just this morning i went into my spice cabinet and umm had 3 attack me. then i had my boyfriend laughing his ass off and telling me that if i didn’t buy so many spices i wouldn’t have had this problem.. pfft Men they just don;t realize if you want the tastiest bestest ever homemade food then I need all my spices to do it LMAO>

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  32. Dennise — September 25, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Thanks I need more recipes like this one.I just move to Japan and it’s hard to find preixes of anything.I’m sure they have it but it’s in Japanese. So thanks again I’ll keep reading for great ideas

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  33. ClassiclyAmber — September 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Love this! I’ve made my own before, too, but can tell by your ingredient list that yours will prob be better than mine. Thanks for sharing! I wanna try this in a latte SOON~!

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  34. Wenderly — September 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I LOVE this! What a great Fall hostess gift it would make!!!!!

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  35. Shawnna — September 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I just made this to put in some “Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub”, and I must say it smells fantastic. I didn’t have 3 tablespoons of cinnamon, so I used about half regular cinnamon, and half Saigon cinnamon…fantastic!

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  36. marla — October 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Hooray for homemade pumpkin pie spice!! Will be linking back to this today :)

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  37. Becky — October 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I was on a mission last year to buy an new spice rack. I searched and searched and couldn’t find just the right one that would hold everything, look good, easy access, and had versatility for jar sizes. (spice addicts should understand my needs) I eventually had to create an entier cabinet dedicated to spices and all my cook books. Pretty sad…..but I am glad I did it. Now I have not only the best spice rack but also a wonderful work station! If all else fails imprivise.

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  38. CC — October 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Perfect, I just posted my favorite Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe here – http://www.thecleverclipper.com/2011/10/06/pumpkin-cranberry-bread/

    It’s such a treat, ridiculouly easy (freezes well) and goes great with my morning coffee. I make it so much in the fall and winter that I often run out of pumpkin pie spice – now I can just make it myself! Thank you!

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  39. suzyhomemaker — October 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing. This is something that seems like a waste to buy when all the ingredients are in the cupboard.

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  40. Jessica Davidson — October 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks so much for putting this out there I have always wanted to make my own and keep it around instead of spending way to much money to buy just pumpkin pie spice also I am a pampered chef consultant and it sounds like you need a spice turn-a-about to help you organize your spices. Please feel free to visit my website at pamperedchef.biz/jessicadavidson to look at the spice turn-a-about.

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  41. CopyKat — October 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    You have beautiful photos. I made some of this tonight, and it tasted great in my pumpkin pie dip. It’s great not having to buy another spice blend. Thank you for sharing!

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  42. Liliana — October 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I really enjoyed browsing through your blog. Thanks so much for sharing your pumpkin pie spice recipe. I discovered your blog just in time – I was ready to go and buy some.

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  43. Carrie Bergherm — November 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I ran out of pumpkin spice in the middle of a recipe – so glad I had this pinned on Pinterest! I could find it easily and get my recipe finished! Thanks for the great spice recipe! :)

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  44. Kaitlynn Nielsen — November 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I’m so excited to make this! What size of weck jar did you use?

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  45. Cheri — November 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Always a day late and a dollar short. I needed some Pumpkin Pie Spice for a recipe I found. Went to the store and found a SMALL container for almost $4. Turned it down, but the next day went back and got it because I needed it. It just does’t seem right to pay that much for so little. Came home and started to use it and lo and behold, I already had a half used jar!! Aarrgghh! Wish I had seen your recipe before the struggle. I will never buy another. Thanks for your great recipe!

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  46. Shema George — November 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

    thanks a bunch…ur pics look stunning!

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    • Jamie — November 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

      Shena-
      You are very sweet! Thank you for stopping by!
      -Jamie

  47. Jannett — November 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

    beautiful pictures & ♥ the weck jars!

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  48. Christy Joy — November 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Hi Jamie!

    Just a quick question – what size of Weck jars are you using? I’ve been wanting to organize my spices for a while now and already have some weck jars of different sizes… but I think they are all a bit too big for spices. Do you find it cumbersome to have to remove the clips and seal each time?

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    • Jamie — November 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Christy Joy-
      The jars seen in the photo are Weck Mini Mold Jars. These are perfect for spices and sprinkles! Thanks for stopping by.
      -Jamie

  49. LP — December 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Thanx! I always have it when I don’t need it and never have it when I do. It’s nice to be ab;e to just throw it together whenever.

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