Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is an earthy spice combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. Add it to bread, pies, and muffins for an instant flavor of autumn.
Homemade pumpkin pie spice is a spice that we keep in the pantry year round. Not only is pumpkin spice a primary ingredient in homemade pumpkin pie, but it’s also great in pumpkin muffins, lattes, and even pumpkin spiced cakes.
I started making homemade pumpkin pie spice a few years ago when we were living in Florida. We didn’t make huge holiday meals, so there was no need to purchase multiple containers of specialty spices once a year.
It made more sense to make a batch of pumpkin spice from common spices already in the kitchen. This recipe is incredibly simple, and it stores well. If you happen to have any leftover, give it a try in place of the spices in our French toast recipe. It’s so good!
Ingredients Needed for Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice:
These spices are easy to find in most grocery store baking aisles. You may already have several in your kitchen cabinets.
- Cinnamon: Pumpkin spice is largely composed of cinnamon. Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of The True Cinnamon tree and has both a sweet and savory flavor. It can be quite strong if over used.
- Nutmeg: This spice has a sweet, nutty flavor and warm smell. A little bit of nutmeg goes a long way, so we use it sparingly.
- Ground Ginger: Ground ginger is the dried, powdered form of fresh ginger root. Ginger is warm and spicy. Much like nutmeg, a little can go a long way.
- Allspice: Allspice is warm, fragrant, and pungent. It’s not a combination of “all spices” but instead, a single spice all its own.
- Ground Cloves: Ground cloves have a very pungent, strong flavor. The powdered form is warm and slightly sweet, similar to nutmeg. Once you’ve tasted the flavor of cloves, it is unforgettable.
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Spice:
- Place all the spices into a medium bowl.
- Whisk or stir to combine.
- Transfer the pumpkin spice to glass jar and with lid.
- The homemade pumpkin pie spice will keep for 6 months if the spices used were new and fresh. Otherwise, it’s best to use it within 3 months for the best flavor.
Variations and Tips for Making Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice:
- Too much or too little of one of the spices? Adjust it as needed. If you prefer more cinnamon, add a little more until it tastes the way you like it. The same goes for the other ingredients.
- Don’t like one of the spices? Omit it or substitute it with the same amount one of the other spices, assuming it’s not the cinnamon. Cinnamon is the bulk of this recipe, and that would be difficult to replace.
- Uses: Use this pumpkin spice in your favorite baked goods that contain cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves, or a combination of the spices. It can be used for more than just holiday baking.
- Storage: Store the pumpkin pie spice in an air tight container away from heat and moisture.
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Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 6 Tablespoons of cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons of ground nutmeg
- 3 teaspoons of ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons of allspice
- 2 teaspoons of ground cloves
- Place spices in a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture into a jar or airtight container with a lid.
- Store the pumpkin pie spice for up to 3 months.