Learn how to make a homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe with the perfect ratios of 5 simple spices PLUS 8 recipes to use it.
It only takes a few minutes to make, it’s economical, and you can use it in sweet and savory recipes.
It also makes the perfect gift for friends and family at this time of year.
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What is pumpkin pie spice?
Did you know that pumpkin pie spice does not contain any pumpkin? It is a combination of 5 warm spices that are perfect to use in a variety of pumpkin recipes, pies, soups, fudge, drinks, and winter comfort food.
There are so many variations of pumpkin spice, the recipe below is a classic combination that is based on ground cinnamon and other classic winter spices such as ground ginger, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves. There is also an option to make variations such as ground cardamom (completely optional).
Cardamom gives it that extra winter comfort food flavor. You may omit this if you like, but after much trial and error, I truly believe it takes how to make pumpkin pie spice to another level. Go on, try it yourself and taste the difference.
Why should I make my own?
Making your own homemade spice blend means you can adjust the flavors exactly to how you prefer to make the perfect flavor. It also stops any added sugars or starches that some spice mixes often contain.
You can also make smaller batches of pumpkin spice blends in a small bowl so you always have a fresh batch in your spice cabinet.
Spices you need
All quantities, ingredients, and instructions are in the best pumpkin pie spice recipe card below.
This spice blend is a traditional recipe of fall spices, it has all the flavors you expect to enjoy. However, there are many variations from what the recipe calls for. You could add a pinch of chili powder to give it a small spicy kick.
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground ginger
- Ground allspice
- Ground cloves
- Ground cardamom (optional)
What’s the best ratio of spices?
Homemade pumpkin pie spice has the following ratio of spices.
9 ground cinnamon: 2 ground nutmeg: 2 ground ginger: 1 ground allspice: 1 ground cloves
By making your own homemade spice blend, you can adjust the quantities of the individual spices to exactly how you like them. The classic store-bought pumpkin spice and spice mix recipe below is predominantly a cinnamon blend.
You may, however, prefer more ground ginger and less ground cinnamon. For a spicier flavor, you may want to add more ground allspice and more ground cloves.
How to make pumpkin pie spice mix
How to miss the spices: In a small bowl, small jar, an old spice container, or gift jar, mix all the measured spices until combined. You can use a small whisk, use a fork, or put the lid on and shake the spices together.
How to store the spice mix: Always store herbs and spices in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight, in a cool place.
Now you can make all your favorite winter baking and pumpkin recipes with your own homemade personalized blend.
Pumpkin pie spice FAQ
Pumpkin pie spice is a traditional mix of ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground allspice, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg.
No, there is no pumpkin in pumpkin pie spice. The species are a blend of warm flavors that go well with pumpkin recipes.
You can make almost any recipe that requires cinnamon, with pumpkin pie spice instead. Sprinkle it on coffee and whipped cream, add it to cheesecakes, and turn cinnamon scrolls into pumpkin spice scrolls.
How much you use depends on the recipe you are baking. Sweet recipes might require less spice mix for a subtle flavor, whereas in savory recipes such as keto pumpkin soup, you may want to add more so it’s extra warm and comforting.
Always store spices in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight, and not in any area of the kitchen that may become damp or full of steam. Fresh homemade pumpkin pie spice can be stored for up to 2 years (or use the shortest expiry date from the spices you used in the recipe below).
Allspice is the dried, unripe berry of the juniper dioica plant. It is called allspice because it has the flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
Apple pie spice is very similar to pumpkin pie spice. it is most commonly a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but may also have ginger and/or cardamom.
Recipes that use pumpkin pie spice
This homemade spice is so versatile. It can be used in baked goods, sweet cakes, fudges, and cheesecake, or added to pumpkin and coconut soup or keto pumpkin and bacon soup for delicious healthy comfort food.
Recipes to swap pumpkin spice for cinnamon
How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowls
- 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom (optional)
- Mix and place in an airtight container, mason jar, or gift jar.
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