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This Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe is so simple to make and will be a huge asset when fall rolls around. Versatile, warm, and full of pungent flavors, this blend of spices will become an autumn favorite!
Why You’ll Love this Spice Blend
Sometimes you need pumpkin pie spice to whip up a delicious pie but you look and search finding no pumpkin spice in your spice cabinet.
Have no fear! I’m going to show you how to make your own pumpkin pie spice so that you you will always have this popular spice on hand for pies during the autumn season. This recipe also allows you to control the proportions of the spices included, so you can customize the blend to your taste!
- cinnamon – a little bit sweet and warm, cinnamon is the perfect base for any pumpkin pie spice.
- nutmeg – gives your spice blend a bit of nuttiness.
- ginger – adds some bite and body to your spices.
- cloves – provide a nice blend of sweet and slightly bitter.
- allspice – contributes a slightly peppery flavor.
How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin pie spice has a nice kick of spice that adds valuable flavor to your pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie spice is a combination of the warm spices you think of during autumn. This is a blend of spices you generally use during the autumn and holiday baking season.
This pumpkin pie spice recipe consists of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves to name a few of the warm spices you’d use to make your own pumpkin pie spice.
Here’s not only one pumpkin pie spice recipe for you to choose from, but 3 (just depends on the spices you like and what you have on hand).
What ingredients can I use if I don’t have pumpkin pie spice?
Fortunately, you can make it several different ways.
3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice
You can use 1 teaspoon cinnamon with ½ teaspoon ginger and ½ teaspoon ground cloves. (You can substitue ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg when you don’t have cloves.) This is one of the more popular substitutes for pumpkin pie spice.
4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Spice
Another popular recipe for making your own pumpkin pie spice includes blending ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon allspice. This blend tastes closer to the flavor you’d expect from a store-bought pumpkin pie spice.
5 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Spice
A third option to make your own pumpkin spice is to mix 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground allspice, and 1 teaspoon ground cloves. This combination will give you a subtly complex blend of spices that’s sure to enhance any pumpkin pie!
How to Store Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Once you’ve opted to make your own pumpkin pie spice, you’ll want to place all of the spices into a bowl and use a whisk to blend the spices evenly.
Then, you can just store your homemade pumpkin pie spice in an airtight container in your pantry. I like to use the small jelly mason jars. When stored properly you’ll find that your own pumpkin pie spice mix lasts 2-3 years.
What is the difference between allspice and pumpkin pie spice?
You may wonder what the difference between allspice and pumpkin pie spice is. This is a common question from people who are new to baking autumn and holiday treats.
Pumpkin pie spice is a mixture of many spices, as shown above in the three ways to make your own pumpkin pie spice. Allspice is one spice that is made from ground allspice berries, and allspice is often one of the components of pumpkin pie spice.
Tips for Making Pumpkin Pie Spice
The key to making your own pumpkin pie spice is to blend each of the ingredients listed above together until you have a flavor that matches your taste expectations for pumpkin pie spice.
Each of you may have a nostalgic flavor you’re looking to match for your autumn and holiday baking treats.
Make sure you test each of the options you can use if you don’t have pumpkin pie spice. Just dab your slightly wet finger in the mix and taste test before using your homemade pumpkin pie spice in your recipes.
More Baking Suggestions
Our entire Country Living in a Cariboo Valley Recipe Collection can be found here, and here are some more fantastic baking recipes hand-picked for you!
- This Easy Apple Crisp is another fantastic dessert for the colder months.
- For something light and refreshing, try this Lemon Loaf Cake with Rosemary Glaze.
- Boterkoek, or almond butter cake, is a traditional Dutch recipe, and it’s perfect for the holidays. Give it a try!
First Published March 2019; Updated June 2021