Make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice at home — it’s so easy! Besides, you can add more of your favorite seasonings to add cozy flavors, like cloves, ginger, or cinnamon.
I add spices to just about everything in my kitchen. Even my Iced Chai Tea Latte gets a sprinkle or two of pumpkin pie spices.
Pumpkin pie spice is what I referred to as a mixed spice. Because it’s not like there’s some pumpkin pie plant out there (wouldn’t that be nice, tho!). It’s the combination of spices, like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, that makes pumpkin pie spice so amazing. My other favorite mixed spices are curry and taco seasoning. I love making these myself because I can mix the flavors the way they’re supposed to be mixed. Can you tell I’m opinionated?
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Ground cinnamon — The most common cinnamon available is Cassia and it adds a bold flavor that’s perfect for this spice blend.
- Ground ginger — This spice is spicy, warm, and yet has a sharpness to it that’s distinctive.
- Ground nutmeg — There’s a nutty flavor to nutmeg but it also yields a warm, slightly sweet flavor
- Ground cloves — Cloves come from flower buds of the evergreen Syzygium aromaticum flower buds This is an evergreen tree in the myrtle family. It’s a reddish-brown spice, with a strong, aromatic flavor.
- Ground allspice — This also comes from a plant within the myrtle family. Allspice is made from dried berries and is described as a warm spice with flavors of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg combined.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
Making your own homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is so easy!
Simply measure the ingredients into a bowl, stir them together, and then add them to a little mason jar.
I saved a used spice jar and lid and simply added a new label to it. It’s a perfect!
Any time you see a recipe that calls for cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, blah, blah, blah, just substitute a teaspoon or two of your very own homemade pumpkin pie spice. You’ll feel so much like Martha Stewart you won’t know what to do with yourself!
Store pumpkin pie spice with the rest of your spices. It will keep up to a year, but I find the flavors are better when used within 6 months.
Customizing Your Blend
You can customize your spice mix the following ways:
- Sharper Flavor — Add more ginger and cloves
- Softer, Warmer Flavor — Add more cinnamon
- Sweeter Flavor — Add more nutmeg.
Speaking of flavor, there are two different categories of cinnamon: Cassia and Ceylon.
- Cassia cinnamon is a ground reddish powder with a bold, intense flavor. It’s most often used in baking. Most cinnamon, unless otherwise noted, is Cassia.
- Ceylon cinnamon has a more delicate flavor and is more expensive as a result of its rarity. You might use it for things like puddings or sauces.
For the purpose of this spice mix, I recommend using standard cinnamon (Cassia) because we’ll want the bold flavor it offers.
You can add even more spices to your spice blend, such as: ground cardamom (for a chai flavor), ground mace, and Garam Masala.
What is in Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Pumpkin pie spice is actually a blend of several spices, including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice (to name a few).
Recipes Using Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons ground ginger
- 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir together.
- Transfer the mixture to a lidded glass container. It will keep up to a year.
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