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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!

Jar and spoonful of apple pie spice next to a gift tag

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!

Jar of apple pie spice with a fall gift tag next to a measuring spoon of the spice blend

Spices for apple pie spice on a black plate


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.

Apple pie spice in a jar next to a measuring spoon

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.”

Measuring spoon sprinkling apple pie spice over sliced apples in a bowl

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!

Apple pie spice sprinkled over sliced apples in a glass mixing bowl


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.

Spoon stirring sliced apples with spice blend in a glass mixing bowl

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!

Apple pie with a slice missing in front of a jar of apple pie spice

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.

Apple pie spice packaged for gifting in a jar with a tag, next to a ball of twine and a spoon of apple pie spice

Apple pie spice in a jar next to a measuring spoon

Apple Pie Spice

Yield: about 1/3 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

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!


  • 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.
Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving Calories 7Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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Sheena Lanigan

Thursday 24th of November 2022

Hi, I just made my first homemade apple pie filling and I have a picky family so I left out the ginger and cardmom, but me being a chef of over 15 years I still can't get them to open their minds. Sorry to rant, my question is how much of the ginger flavor actually comes through? If it's just there to help the other flavors come through better, I my be able to sneak it in on them. Thanks


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

Lee James

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

Eric Buchannan

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!

Eric Buchannan

Thursday 25th of November 2021

You missed the most important ingredient Cayenne Pepper it adds the snap try it you will be amazed!

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