Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice – 5 min and 5 ingredients are all you need to make your own 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?
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
- 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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