Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice – 5 min and 5 ingredients are all you need to make your own pumpkin pie spice!

DIY: Pumpkin Pie Spice

I would venture a bet that at least 50% of the pumpkin recipes I look at each year (both old and new recipes) include pumpkin pie spice on the ingredient list.

And if pumpkin pie spice isn’t specifically called for in a recipe, it’s a pumpkin pie spice substitution consisting of some combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and maybe allspice and/or ground cloves.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Frankly, I got tired of measuring out each individual spice for recipes like the pumpkin butterscotch blondies (in the first photo above) and I refused to spend money on a pre-made spice mix that I could easily make at home. And why not make it at home?

Aside from saving a few bucks on the pre-made mix, I already keep all of the necessary spices in my pantry so it was a no-brainer to just combine them all together to make a ready-to-use homemade pumpkin pie spice mix whenever I need it.

DIY: Pumpkin Pie Spice

What is in Pumpkin Pie Spice?

My pumpkin pie spice ingredients are probably already in your kitchen too! The ingredients are a mix of basic spices but even if you don’t have them in your kitchen already, you can easily grab them from your grocery store. The spices are ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, and ground cloves.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

All you’ll need to do to make your pumpkin pie spice recipe is mix all of those ingredients together in a small bowl!

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Like most spice mixes, including this taco seasoning and this BBQ spice rub you can play with the amount of each spice you use in order to get the right combination for you. 

And your best tool for making homemade pumpkin pie spice is your nose. You’ll be able to smell if the you need to adjust the amounts for your own preference.

It’s especially easy with this pumpkin pie spice mix because all of the spices have a very distinct scent independently so by taking a whiff, you’ll know which you may need more of.  Just be sure you are familiar with how each spice smells on its own before combining them together!

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If you think it needs a little more cinnamon, add a little more.  Or if you’re not a huge fan of nutmeg (like me), add a little less from the start.  When you’ve got the right combination, the mix should smell like a hint of pumpkin pie – it’s so easy!!

How Long Will Pumpkin Pie Spice Keep For?

This spice mix will keep well for about 6 months in your pantry. Be sure to store it in an airtight container. I like to use these Weck jars since they’re so pretty but any kind of jar with a lid will work fine.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Recipes using this pumpkin pie spice:

pumpkin cream cheese muffins with streusel topping
pumpkin spice latte cake
pumpkin sour cream crumb bars
pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese frosting
pumpkin spice oatmeal
cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins
pumpkin butterscotch blondies
pumpkin spice biscotti
white chocolate pumpkin scones
pumpkin spice cheesecake brownies
caramel pumpkin pie cupcakes

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

diy homemade pumpkin pie spice

DIY: Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Yield: about ¼ cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade pumpkin pie spice is the most utilized of all my spices in the fall. It's easy to mix up and you can make several recipes with just one batch. Feel free to scale up on the proportions of this recipe to make extra for all of your fall baking needs or to give as gifts packaged up with a bow in a cute little mason jar!


  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cloves


    In a small bowl, stir together all the spices.  Keep the spice blend in a sealed jar or container for up to 6 months.


adapted from Martha Stewart

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  • September 19, 2011 at 7:07 AM

    This is such a great idea since sometimes it is so hard to find pumpkin pie spice!

  • September 19, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    This is a great tip, thanks for sharing!

  • September 19, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    I usually just mix this up as I go – but you’ve convinced me I should just make up a small bottle. Thanks 🙂

  • September 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    It’s great to know who to make spice mixes yourself. I constantly find myself without the various blends, but it is maintained by the fact that I can make it myself instead! I even make my own taco seasoning because I can omit some of the salt.

  • September 19, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    I just made a batch myself last week when I had discovered I was out, and needed some for the pumpkin cream cheese muffins. So much fresher than what’s in the store, and so much more thrifty too!

  • September 19, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Love your dessert, pictures are lovely:)

  • Your Mom
    September 19, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    How clever you are! I never bought the spice mix because it was too expensive. I would just pull those spices out and put in what I felt would be about right, but, as usual, you have taken this to another level, my smart daughter!!

  • September 19, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    What a fantastic idea! I just ran out and cringed when I saw that a small little jar costs $5.99. I will def be making my own!

  • September 20, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    They dont sell pumpkin pie spice in Israel so this is so wonderful!! Thank for sharing. Your photos are so pretty!

  • September 20, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Yum, thanks!

  • September 20, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Just checked our corner store for pumpkin pie spice and it’s a no go. This is going to be made! Thanks for the help 🙂

  • September 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Ah! This is great. I haven’t been able to find pumpkin pie spice in the grocery store, and have a long list of fall-ish pumpkiny recipes waiting to be baked. Thanks for sharing this!

  • September 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    I’m so glad you including the link for the pumpkin butterscotch blondies. They look incredible!

  • September 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Thank you! I am off to make a big batch of this (and some chai spice) now! I will have to check out that taco seasonings to!

  • September 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    I love these photos. I’ve been meaning to post about this too, since I often get questions about subs for the spice blend.

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