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Apple Pie Spice

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

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.

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

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.

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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

Notes

  • 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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Karla A Strauss

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Ok I just mixed up your Apple pie spice blend only change I added 6T of cinnamon as my family really likes it and likes a spicy pie! Going to make them today so I will let you all know how they turn out. I am known as a great apple pie baker? When I went to the store last night they had NO apple pie spice, guess the pandemic has caused that? I did notice that store bought is only cinnamon, allspice & nutmeg from the partial bottle I had. I sure hope this tastes good!

Jamie

Monday 12th of October 2020

I hope you love it! You're not the first person that has said they can't find it this year. Happy Baking! -Jamie

LaWanda Lemcke

Saturday 19th of September 2020

Looks yummy 

Jamie

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Thanks so much for stopping by, LaWanda! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Jane Capobianco

Monday 14th of September 2020

I love your website.  I love your own-made spice blends.  You are a great inspiration to start baking.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Jamie

Monday 14th of September 2020

Thanks so much for stopping by, Jane! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Tara

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

This is such a great spice blend recipe! I tweaked it by adding a little more cinnamon and it added some awesome flavor to the applesauce and loaf bread that I made.

Jamie

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the apple pie spice, Tara! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Marsha Gainey

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Made this for a fruitcake recipe. I only needed maybe two teaspoons for the recipe, so I've been putting a teaspoon in oatmeal whenever I have that for breakfast. The recipe made between 1/3 and 1/2 of a cup. So aromatic and such a warm brown color.

Jamie

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the spice mix, Marsha! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

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