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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.

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

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.

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.

Pumpkin Pie Spice couldn't be easier to make at home. You'll love the warm and cozy flavor it adds to all of your holiday baking recipes.

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!

Pumpkin Pie Spice is so simple to make at home! So perfect for fall baking.

WHAT IS IN PUMPKIN PIE SPICE?

The words “pumpkin pie spice” are everywhere starting as early as late August these days, but how many of us really know what is in pumpkin pie spice?

Pumpkin Pie Spice is just a combination of those yummy “warm” spices that we all reach for in our fall and holiday baking.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger -that’s it!

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?

Plus, when you make it at home, you know for sure that those spices are all that’s in it -nothing else!

Pumpkin Pie Spice is so easy to make at home! With just a handful of spices you'll have the perfect spice blend for fall baking.

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN PIE SPICE

Making homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is as easy (or, if you’re like me, tricky) as locating the 5 spices in your pantry.

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.

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 fall.

Pumpkin Pie Spice is so easy to make at home!  It's the perfect blend for fall baking!

RECIPES USING PUMPKIN PIE SPICE

Now that you’ve made homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice, it’s time to use it in a recipe!

Pumpkin pie is an obvious choice. I like a twist on traditional pumpkin pie, such as Mini Pumpkin Pies and Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie.

You know I can never get enough cheesecake. Try my Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes or No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is also perfect in breads and cakes! Pumpkin Roll is a Thanksgiving staple in our family, as is Pumpkin Bread.

I’ve even used Pumpkin Pie Spice in some sweet snacks, such as Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Dip, Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix, and Pumpkin Dip.

Photo Credit: Emily Caruso

Overhead view of a glass jar full of pumpkin pie spice next to a measuring spoon on a stone surface

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Yield: about 5 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

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.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

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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.

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Bernadette DeMone

Friday 7th of August 2020

Looking to make up some spice mixes to take with me When I leave to work in Northern Canada. This one is a perfect balance of spices and will taste nice in October for Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en treats.

Jamie

Sunday 9th of August 2020

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

Phxcooks

Sunday 26th of July 2020

Great recipe! I made it according to your recipe and the taste is great! Everyone in the family likes it, it makes me happy. Thank you

Jamie

Monday 27th of July 2020

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

Adrienne B Pereira

Monday 21st of October 2019

I like to add a teaspoon of cardamom to my PP spice mix, sometimes a pinch of Chinese 5 spice mix to it as well

Jamie

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

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

Elaine

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Thanks for the spice blends. You have given me a fantastic idea for a perfect Christmas gift for my friend who loves to bake and is just as lazy as I. I have travelled to many countries; wherever I go, I bring back a supply of local seasonings. Looking through my spice cupboard for just the right seasonings can get a little frustrating. My inner voice says "I know it's here among all these individual jars and bottles". Spice Blends in lovely little jars I have saved over the years, (because I hate to throw anything away) just the ticket for Christmas gifts. Thanks again, now I can circulate my dear little jars to make room for more.

Jamie

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

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

Sophia@TheHelpingKitchen

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Great! It’s really so easy to make at home. I love it because I’m also a little lazy too.:). Thanks for your recipe!!

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