September 13, 2021| By

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is a warm, harmonious blend of natural spices that can be used on everything from lattes to pies this fall season. This DIY pumpkin spice is my go to spice blend every Fall! Leave the store bought blends behind and make this instead!

Spice things up this autumn with pumpkin spice flavored treats like this Homemade Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust, Sage Browned Butter Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Meringue or the Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Mascarpone Frosting.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice on a spoon with pumpkins in the background

In anticipation of the fall season, I was in my kitchen playing around with some spices. Pumpkin spice is the most popular flavor this time of year and for good reason! I decided to come up with my own spice blend that is so fragrant. Let the fresh aroma of warming spices fill up your kitchen!

The recipe yields about ¾ cup of homemade pumpkin spice which will definitely last you all of fall and winter! Oh, and naturally it’s better than store-bought spices. Plus, if you've ever wanted to learn how to make your own spices, see below for how to enhance your own blend and adjust the amounts used to make a more personalized flavor.

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The Best Pumpkin Spice Recipe

If you're truly a pumpkin lover, then you won't want to miss this! Step into fall with Homemade Pumpkin Spice that you can incorporate into your favorite drinks, cookies, desserts, breads, and of course, pumpkin pie!

Not to mention, this spice blend beats the store bought brands any day of the week! A lot of pumpkin spice mixes that are store bought do not have cardamom and cloves. I truly believe that's what sets this pumpkin spice mix apart. It adds a bold, rich flavor that's so befitting for any of your Fall baking recipes!

Overhead view of an assortment of the ingredients for the Spice recipe in glass bowls, along with an assortment of pumpkins and a striped blue and white cloth.

What's in pumpkin pie spice?

Put down that premade pumpkin spice mix at the grocery store because we can make it at home. Chances are, you already have all of the ingredients for Homemade Pumpkin Spice sitting right in your cupboards. This staple flavor of the season consists of:

  • cinnamon: the star of the show that gives this pumpkin pie blend it's base flavor
  • ground ginger: for a little spiced flavor, count on ground ginger to bring it!
  • allspice: popular for both savory and sweet dishes, allspice bumps up the flavor of this spice blend and gives it a sharp yet fresh flavor.
  • nutmeg: if you can buy whole nutmeg and blend it into the pumpkin pie spice, it's so much fresher as opposed to the pre-ground nutmeg. However, use what you have!
  • cardamom: this is my little secret. You won't find cardamom in a lot of pumpkin pie spices, however, I added it here because it adds so much flavor. It's that je ne sais quoi that we all love!
  • ground cloves: you can't a pumpkin spice recipe without cloves! This strong but tiny spice is powerful and adds a nice punch of flavor to this recipe.

a teaspoon of seasoning on top of a jar of spices

How to make Pumpkin Spice

You haven't encountered an easier recipe than this pumpkin spice blend. Firstly, combine all the ingredients and whisk them together in a bowl. Then store the mixture in an airtight container. That's it!

enhancing homemade pumpkin spice

Here are some pro tips if you want to take an extra step or two during preparation. These steps would come after mixing together your ingredients. Totally optional!

toasting method

You can toast the spices in a skillet on the stovetop (just until it smokes) to enhance the flavors.

grinding method

Grind the spices together for a finer texture. Doing this will freshen up the flavor. By blending spices into a finer consistency, the spices distribute more evenly in whatever you add them to. You can grind the prices with a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder.

A hand holding a spoonful of Homemade Pumpkin Spice over a jar of more spice with an assortment of pumpkins in the background.

how long will the spice mixture last?

Generally, spices last up to 3 years when properly stored. Even then, they are still safe to consume but may lose some of their potency. I store my homemade pumpkin spice in a mason jar or a weck jar. It makes for easy access and even easier storage!

what can i make with homemade pumpkin spice?

The best answer to this is, how creative can you get? The possibilities are truly endless once you have a jar of homemade pumpkin spice. Dash it on your food for an extra taste of fall. Get ready to pumpkin-ify your favorite foods!

You can use this spice to make apple pie too! Try my pumpkin bread, make a galette, add a little pumpkin spice to these sweet potato bars, and you can't miss out on a Fall classic - homemade apple butter. Also add a little pumpkin spice to any of your favorite muffins to give it that lovely Fall flavor!

Finally, here are some of my suggestions:

  • Cheesecake
  • Apple Sauce
  • Muffins
  • Scones
  • Spiced Nuts
  • Oatmeal

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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A jar of Homemade Pumpkin Spice with a spoonful on top and a variety of pumpkins in the background.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Spice is a warm, harmonious blend of natural spices that can be used on everything from lattes to pies this fall season.
Serving: 36 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp Allspice
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients and whisk together in a bowl.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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Course: Breakfast, Cakes, Pies, Tarts, desserts
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a perfectly proportioned pumpkin spice blend! I tried it out in a pumpkin smoothie this morning and it gave me all the warm fall feels.

  2. 5 stars
    I could not find pre-packaged pumpkin spice anywhere in our stores down here. So I am very happy I found this recipe! I will definitely be making my own from now on.

  3. 5 stars
    Terrific! I added this homemade pumpkin spice to my applesauce and oatmeal–GAME CHANGER! I can't wait to add it to roasted veggies! Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    Who knew making pumpkin spice was this easy!! I've already used your pumpkin spice recipe to make my morning latte and pumpkin muffins! Thanks for the recipe!