Spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cardamom come together in this easy homemade Apple Pie Spice. This warm and comforting spice blend can be used for so much more than just apple pie!
I know that many of us equate fall with pumpkin spice everything. From lattes and sweet potato chips to home fragrances, it seems like everything has a pumpkin spice twist these days.
And I’m the first to say bring it on. Unless it’s something a little strange like pumpkin spice hummus, then it’s a hard pass.
Even though I am totally team pumpkin pie spice, I’ve been pretty fond of this homemade apple pie spice for years now.
It’s a deliciously festive blend of spices that’s perfect for any fall-inspired baked good. It’s also pretty amazing as a topping for your morning oatmeal, a frothy latte, or mixing with sugar for the ultimate cinnamon toast!
WHAT IS IN APPLE PIE SPICE?
I’m pretty much a self-professed spice hoarder, so Penzey’s makes almost as happy as Nordstrom does. Seriously, it’s pretty close.
So any time I stumble across a recipe that calls for a special spice blend, my first thought is if I have what I need to make it myself.
The answer to that is almost always yes. From pumpkin pie spice and chai spice blend to homemade taco seasoning, I have made plenty of my own spice blends over the years.
As soon as the air turns crisp and the leaves start to turn, I get into serious fall baking mode and often encounter recipes that call for “apple pie spice.”
But what really is apple pie spice?
Most of these blends include cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom. So that’s what I used here!
By making your own spice blends, you can 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!
HOW TO USE APPLE PIE SPICE
I love throwing this blend into apple pie (of course) or even apple pie bars, but it’s also great in any dessert or breakfast that you want to add a little bit of warmth and depth to.
Think crock pot applesauce, oatmeal, apple muffins, apple pancakes and so much more!
I like to store my spice blends in Weck jars or small mason 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 this homemade mix 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.
Saturday 28th of January 2023
I wonder if this would be a good pumpkin pie spice ? Rigt now I'm mixing it up to put in bran mufffins.
Wednesday 1st of February 2023
Hi there! I actually have a pumpkin pie spice recipe as well: https://www.mybakingaddiction.com/pumpkin-pie-spice-recipe/ Hope this helps! Happy baking - Jamie
Thursday 12th of May 2022
Hi, first time here and getting ready to make an apple pie but only question I have is on the cinnamon. I have 4 kinds Vietnamese, Saigon, McCormick and Walmart. The first 2 have very different distinct flavors and the others land in the middle. What exactly did you use for your cinnamon. Or maybe I'll make 3 batches (without Wally) and just make additional pies and see which one scores the best.
Thursday 19th of May 2022
Hi there – I honestly just use whatever cinnamon I happen to have on hand. Any cinnamon will work, so use your favorite here! Happy baking - Jamie
Sunday 13th of March 2022
Yumm. I see why there were the number of 5 star reviews. It is very good spice mix. I made skillet apples but didn't have apple pie spice. I used this recipe and it was better than any "premix" I ever used. I wouldn't use them again either. It was a familure flavor of my Grandma "Ahada" , I had never figured our the missing something but as soon as I tasted this apple pie spice, IT WAS THERE! Thank you so much for the recipe. I am 65 y/o and thought I would never figure out what I was missing.
Tuesday 15th of March 2022
So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Lee! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie
Thursday 25th of November 2021
Oh and one other ingredient a teaspoon of clove!
Wednesday 6th of April 2022
@Eric Buchannan, Hi, Sandy here, good call of missing ingredient!
Thursday 25th of November 2021
You missed the most important ingredient Cayenne Pepper it adds the snap try it you will be amazed!