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


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


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

  1. Jordan Fuselier-Gardner — May 31, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Yes! Was just thinking about making pumpkin pie spice the other day after seeing the $5.99 bottles that were mentioned above!

    However, at this point I figure I’ll get more grumbles from my boyfriend for making instead of buying since that would cause me to put all of the above ingredients on our shopping list :/ … I’m running low.

    Thanks for the recipe, I’m definitely going to have to make some at some point. I plan on doing some pumpkin pie spice cinnamon rolls when my boyfriend’s nieces and nephews visit next month! :)


  2. Valda — September 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you! I love to put a dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice in my coffee in the winter. Or actually, in my hot tea. It just is so delicious in hot tea. I’m doing this, and pinning on my pinterest wall.


    • Jamie — September 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe and thanks so much for Pinning the photo. Have a great day.

  3. Girlnapurpledres — September 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Sounds gorgeous! Exactly what I’ve been looking for….will give this a whirl.


  4. Kristina — September 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Perfect! Just made mine, perfect for all my fall winter recipes. I just made my Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies with some of this spice concoction. Thanks for sharing! I live in Norway and it is pretty hard to find Pumpkin Pie Spice, actually I think I would have some shipped from the USA but now resolved…Tusen Takk-Thank You


    • Jamie — September 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for coming back and telling us your thoughts! Have a great day.

    • Traci — October 3, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Hi Kristina, Would love to have your Pumpkin Cranberry cookie Recipe. Will you share it with me please?

      Thank You
      you can email it to me if you’d like at thepribyl3@yahoo.com

  5. Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — September 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’m starting up my pumpkin-inspired baking this weekend and cannot wait to use this recipe!


  6. Jenny — September 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    What does “allspice” consist of? I live in Norway and love pumpkin pie, but pumpkin spice does not exist here. So I would love to try this recipe.


    • Jamie — September 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Here is a link to Wikipedia that will explain exactly what allspice is. I hope this helps!

  7. Betty Izquierdo — October 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Ever since mom passed, we have sisters’ day once a month and this would make a great homemade gift, cause they all love to bake and they would save $$$$$ in the long run. Thanks for sharing…..


  8. Betty Izquierdo — October 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Since our mom passed, we have sisters’ day once a month and this would make a great, gift, knowing that the holidays are right around the corner. We all share recipes and fix fantastic meals to share with each other on those days. (Memories of mom’s fantastic recipes.) Thanks for sharing….


  9. Mary @ Fit and Fed — October 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Yup, we have a drawer for the spices, and cupboard space for all the OTHER spices, the ones we only use once in a while. Never have bought pumpkin pie spice, though. I don’t like dried ginger– it’s fresh or nothing. And cloves don’t seem to agree with me. So I just mix up cinnamon and allspice half and half and I’m good to go!


  10. Danielle — October 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I am really curious about this chili/taco seasoning. I didn’t see if anybody else asked. So how do you make it?


  11. Peggy — November 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Yup you’re right….I have all the ingredients in my “spice” cabinet lol! I love using the tiny 4 oz Ball canning jars for spices. They’re the perfect size and the lids are easy on/easy off. Thanks for a great blend. I’m off to make some right now!


    • Nyteflame — September 8, 2013 at 3:30 am

      Oh, and the little jars would be a lot easier to get a measuring spoon in and out of than the bottles the spices usually come in. I might have to buy a case of them next time I’m in the home goods section. What a great idea.

  12. Linda — November 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    On the pumpkin spice jars, is that a cricut machine that’s used for the tidy, clean letters on the jar? I sure like that look. I guess the individual letters could be purchased from Michael’s, but I like yours better.


    • Jamie — November 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      I actually used my Silhouette to create the letters. They were cut using a Felt Marker font. I hope this helps!

  13. EllenJemiina — November 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’m keeping a muffin/cupcake blog and needed a spice mix like this… You really don’t find ready make mix like this in Finland so I used your recipe. Thank you for sharing. I did share a link to your blog in mine so that origin from where I got it will be available for all my readers…


    • MBA — November 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

      I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback – Have a great day!

    • Bas — October 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

      actually Kmarket has been selling pumpkin spice, spiced pumpkin purée and Plain pumpkin purée cans in the American product shelf for years now. Silly to pay 10€ for 40grams of spice mix though!

  14. Jeanette — December 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I am addicted to this Pumpkin Pie Spice and your Apple Pie Spice!


  15. Michelle — January 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I made this a few days ago when I realized I was out in the middle of making pumpkin bread. I left out the cloves because I just can’t stand them, and it still turned out wonderful. Thanks so much for the recipe! :)


    • MBA — January 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and providing your feedback – have a great day!

  16. Jennie @themessybakerblog — September 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I made this today, and I love it! Thanks for the recipe.


    • Jamie — September 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much for letting us know how the recipe worked out! Happy Fall!

  17. Todd — September 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I stumbled on your site about a month ago looking for a good pumpkin pie spice for a batch of Pumpkin Ale I was brewing. When I mixed everything together I was a little worried because it seemed a slightly heavy on the cloves so I used it in some pumpkin ice cream as a test. Incredible!! Everything was perfectly balanced. After getting the beer wrapped up I went on and used this in pumpkin bread and a pumpkin rice-pudding recipe I found at the same time I found your site (I have a slight pumpkin dessert problem, eek!). Just tried the beer last night and I’m very happy with how it’s shaping up. I saw your Apple Pie and Chili/Taco blends and they are next on my radar. Thanks so much!


    • Jamie — September 25, 2013 at 11:43 am


      That’s wonderful to hear! I’m so happy you are getting so much use out the recipe. I bet your beer turns out amazing! Have a wonderful day!


  18. Jessica — September 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I had the opposite problem. I didn’t think I had pumpkin pie spice so I made some. as I was going through my cupboards what do you know I found a container of pumpkin pie spice.


    • Jamie — September 30, 2013 at 9:56 am


      You can never have too much this time of year! You’re very welcome and have a wonderful day.


  19. Sheree — October 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    This is a great recipe to have for many reasons. I recently read the ingredients on a well known brand of pumpkin pie spice and found it contained sulfites! Sulfites are dangerous to many people and can kill.


    • Jamie — October 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I am so happy to hear you enjoy the recipe – gross on the sulfites! Have a great day!

  20. Caroline — October 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I just wanted to say thanks for posting this. I used this last year to make a batch and I have finally used it up. I had to find the recipe again. So good!



    • Jamie — October 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm


      That’s wonderful! I’m so happy that you returned to the recipe to make another batch! Happy holidays and happy baking!


  21. Cathy — October 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I use this mix in my pumpkin butter recipe, PERFECT!


  22. keith larman — October 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I personally like a “zingier” version with about twice as much ginger as your recipe. So, yeah, I am addicted to ginger. :) It is a great idea and I do the same thing every year prior to Thanksgiving. It’s just handy to have a batch sitting around for pumpkin pies, cookies, cakes, whatever.


  23. Diane — November 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    just ran across your recipe for pumpkin spice. It sounds so good to have it all mixed ahead of time. I kind of got out of cooking an took easy rout —buying. Now yesterday I spent the day with my 94 year old mother at my house an we baked cookies. LOTS of them. I forgot how much fun it can be. So I’m stocking up to have things handy around . thank you for your recipe. Sounds good. Spices for tea coffee etc. Looking forward to a wonderful smell in my kitchen again.


  24. Toni — November 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you so much! you saved me a trip to the store, and this turned out devine!


    • Jamie — December 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm


      That’s terrific! I’m happy that I could save a trip! Have a great day and thank you for following MBA!


  25. Vickie — November 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I am going to mix this up and give as gifts,

    Love it!!!


  26. Sally — November 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! We love to sprinkle it on apple & pear slices before we put them in the dehydrator! The kids love them this way!


    • Jamie — November 27, 2013 at 11:12 am


      That sounds delicious! You’re very welcome. Have a great day and happy holidays!


  27. Kathie — November 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I love this mix! Any pumpkin recipe that calls for spices, I just use this mix as the quantity of spices they want added! Ex. recipe calls for 1 1/2 t cinnamon and 1 t ginger, I add 2 1/2 t of this mix! Make baking less fussy as I don’t have to pull out all the Penzey’s bottles!


    • Jamie — December 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm


      Thanks so much! Happy holidays and thank you for following MBA!


  28. Laura N — December 16, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I really like this mix in hot chocolate :) Sometimes I put just cinnamon but I find the mix is really warm and fragrant and good for Fall and Winter. I also make “chai” with milk or soy milk, brown sugar, maple syrup, this mix and one or two turns of fresh cracked pepper for heat. Tastes just like what you get from a coffee shop.


  29. Laura — October 3, 2014 at 5:58 am

    can I make this without the allspice?


    • Jamie — October 3, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Sure you can omit it. Thanks for visiting.

  30. Becky Barham — October 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you very, very much for the recipe for the spice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, I didn’t realize how much a small container was!! Wow! Over $5. I said no way. I had all the ingredients, thanks again. Hugs


    • Jamie — October 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      So glad you found the recipe, Becky! Have a great weekend and happy baking!

  31. James Gilman — October 16, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I can’t wait till I try it thank you very much


    • Jamie — October 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      I hope you have the chance to try it. Thanks for stopping by.


  32. Ginger — October 26, 2014 at 10:19 am

    If a recipe calls for 2 teaspoons each of baking powder and baking soda, 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and 1/2 teaspoon of cloves. Can I use pumpkin spice instead? If so how much should use of the pumpkin spice? I am making PUMPKIM DROP COOKIES! Please let me . Thank you, Ginger


    • Jamie — October 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      You will still have to use the baking powder and baking soda, but you should be able to use 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. I hope this is helpful.


  33. Angela Vincent — November 12, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Thank you for this great recipe! Here in England you hardly ever find recipes that include “pumpkin spice” but I’m just making an American peanut butter/pumpkin granola recipe, so needed a spice mix. A hint: after I mixed up my spice batch, I labelled the jar with the ingredients so I can just fill it up easily, anytime.


    • Jamie — November 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      I am so happy to hear you find the recipe helpful! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  34. Carrie zu Putlitz — September 16, 2015 at 12:20 am

    how much pumpkin spice would you add to sugar for storing for coffee?


  35. Jackie — September 28, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Could I have your apple pie spice recipe please?


  36. Kayleigh — September 15, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Can you leave out the nutmeg? I am allergic to it.


    • Jamie — September 17, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Hi, Kayleigh! Feel free to leave out the nutmeg. I hope you enjoy it!

  37. elva — November 22, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I love this spice for making oatmeal. it is very expensive in the store. But this recipe is much better, thank you for the recipe.


    • Jamie — November 22, 2016 at 11:10 am

      You’re so welcome, Elva!

  38. Analiz — November 27, 2016 at 5:44 am

    How can I do this with whole cloves? Do I smash them?


    • Jamie — November 27, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Hi, Analiz! Use ground cloves for this recipe. Let me know if I can answer anything else. I hope you enjoy it!

  39. avril — June 24, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Thank you so so much for this! Live in Australia so not a chance of getting it.. .now all I need is a replacement for canned pumpkin


    • Jamie — June 29, 2017 at 7:10 am

      You’re welcome, Avril!


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