Making a Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe is very easy. You'll use it in all your fall and winter baking! It's wonderful for cookies, cakes, and pies. Plus, it's cheaper than store-bought varieties.
When autumn arrives, there's nothing better than the smell of pumpkin spice wafting from fresh baked goods and frothy lattes. Wow, does it pair well with whipped cream!
But how do you get that unique flavor?
What if we told you it's quick and easy to whip up a batch of pumpkin pie spice with a combination of spices you likely have on hand? And this homemade version is customizable, so you can get it just the way you like.
Of course, you can use this versatile spice mix in your Pumpkin Spice Drinks (hello, pumpkin spice lattes) or Pumpkin Spice Desserts.
What is pumpkin pie spice?
Nowadays, you start seeing "pumpkin spice" everything turn up in coffee shops and on store shelves in August, but what is it?
Traditional Pumpkin Spice is made of a combination of those yummy "warm" spices that we often keep in our spice drawers and is especially used to flavor the filling in pumpkin pie.
The blend comes together for one of the best fall and holiday baking additions.
Check your cabinet or pantry. You may have the main ingredients and don't need to head to the grocery store.
How to make
Grab a small bowl, and let's DIY your pumpkin spice blend!
Step 1 - Measure & Mix
Measure all your ingredients and add them to your mixing bowl. Whisk them until well combined.
Step 2 - Store
Now, to ensure they stay fresh, place your spices in an airtight container and store them until ready to use.
You can bump up the ginger and cloves for a sharper, more robust flavor—some people like this for their coffee. Or you can pull back on those spices and add more cinnamon for a softer, milder flavor.
We recommend labeling (and dating) your spice mix to know what it is, especially if you don't use it often.
How to customize your spice mix
Everyone's preference is different, so the beauty of this recipe is that it's customizable to your taste.
- Some people like their pumpkin pie spice to have a bit of a kick. If that's you, try adding cayenne pepper to your mix.
- Other common add-ins are ground cardamon and anise.
How to store
You can store your pumpkin pie spice recipe in an airtight container for up to 2 years.
Recipes That Use Pumpkin Pie Spice
The Best Pumpkin Spice Muffins - a great recipe to go with your morning coffee or bake up for friends. The streusel topping is terrific.
Pumpkin Pie Bombs - this fall treat is easy to make and tastes like pumpkin pie, but no rolling pin is required!
Skinny Pumpkin Dip - a delicious low-fat dip that is wonderful with apples or your favorite cookies. Make it for a snack or dessert.
Pumpkin Dump Cake -is one of the easiest cake recipes because all you do is mix, dump, and bake!
Moist Pumpkin Bread - yes, a moist recipe that has just the right amount of pumpkin spice!
Pumpkin Spice Cookies - a fall favorite. Tasty, chewy cookies loaded with white chocolate chips.
Paleo Pumpkin Pie - a holiday favorite that's gluten-free and dairy-free. Plus, it tastesfantasticg!
What can be used instead of pumpkin pie spice?
As mentioned, this is a spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. If you have these on hand, you can make your own.
Note: allspice is actually dried berries from a Pimenta dioica plant, native to the Caribbean and Central America. However, you can make a similar blend by whisking 3½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1¼ teaspoons ground nutmeg, and a pinch of ground cloves.
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Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
- storage jar
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 teaspoons ground cloves
- Measure all your ingredients and add them to your mixing bowl. Whisk them until well combined.
- To make sure they stay fresh, place your spice mix in an airtight container and store them until ready to use.
This recipe is a MUST HAVE for fall! We will be using this all the time!
Erin Henry says
So glad you liked it! It's an excellent alternative to buying more expensive spice blends.
LAUREN KELLY says
Love this so much. I made it and just made some cookies!
This is great! I rarely buy blends like this, but so many recipes call for this! Love having this recipe on hand so I can keep fully stocked with this great blend!
Erin Henry says
This time of year, it's a great blend to have on hand for sure. There are so many pumpkin desserts/recipes that taste so good with it.