How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

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Learn to make homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice with this easy DIY recipe. Warm Fall spices make up this medley of aromatic flavors to add to beverages, desserts, side dishes, and entrees.

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Cozy up with tasty pumpkin-flavored recipes when you learn to make your own pumpkin pie spice at home. Add warm Fall flavors to lattes, baked goods, puree, and so many other sweet pumpkin treats.

Small glass jar filled halfway with spice blend without a lid and a spoon dusted with pumpkin spice and some next to jar.

WHY learn to Make pumpkin pie spice mix

  • Save money. This is a great way to combine some spices you may already have and utilize your pantry stock without having to buy more. If you do buy them fresh, you can make this recipe and have seasonings for more dishes.
  • It’s more than just pumpkin pie seasoning! This mix of spices is commonly known for seasoning pumpkin pie, hence the name. But there are so many flavor possibilities, and this is a common blend used in many Moroccan-inspired cuisines with a few extra spices added.
  • Make all the seasonal goodies. While it is delicious in savory dishes, let’s face it, pumpkin pie spice mix is traditionally used in the Fall and Winter months. It’s perfect for pies, baked goods, smoothies, and flavoring all kinds of seasonal dishes. Try adding it to roasted vegetables for a tasty Thanksgiving side dish.
  • It’s a familiar and cozy seasonal scent. Quickly bring in the comforting warm spices to fill your home during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients

For an even spice blend, use all ground spices for making pumpkin pie spice at home.

  • Cinnamon: This is the base of this warm fall spice blend, making up almost half of the batch.
  • Ginger: Ground ginger adds a slightly spicy bite with a sweet peppery taste that is added to many baked goods and even savory dishes.
  • Nutmeg: This spice has a strong aroma and deep flavor; a little goes a long way!
  • Allspice: While this is a different spice, it does have similar attributes as cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. It adds another level of flavor and is a classic addition to pumpkin spice.
  • Cloves: Cloves balance the warming spices with a subtle note of bitterness.
Ingredients for spice recipe in individual bowls.

HOW TO MAKE Pumpkin Pie Spice

  1. Add ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves to a bowl.
  2. Mix the spices together until well blended and store in a spice jar.

TIPS FOR Making Pumpkin Pie Spice

  1. Use fresh spices. Check your spices to make sure they are fresh! A good indicator that they are old and stale is to take a pinch of the spice and rub it between your fingertips. If the scent is weak and the flavor is subtle and bland, then it’s probably time to replace it.
  2. Find bargain spices. When in a pinch, look for low-priced spices for a cost-effective way to make spice blends.
  3. Use organic. To follow up on using fresh spices, organic is the best way to ensure you are getting the freshest product, and they have little to no preservatives.
  4. Add additional spice. This is the best classic blend of pumpkin pie spice, but feel free to add some others to the mix. Some flavors that will mix well with this are cardamon, citrus spices like orange or lemon, and chili for a little heat.

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HOW TO STORE Pumpkin Pie Spice

Store homemade pumpkin pie spice in a cool dark place in a container with a tight-fitting lid to retain the most flavor and potency.

HOW LONG WILL Pumpkin Spice LAST IN THE pantry?

When stored properly, pumpkin pie spice can generally keep for up to 2 years.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is pumpkin pie spice made of?

Pumpkin spice is full of class warm aromatic spices that are traditionally popular around Fall and Winter. This includes cinnamon, ginger, all-spice, clove, and nutmeg.

Why is it called Pumpkin Pie Spice?

The name for this spice blend is called “pumpkin pie spice” because it is a traditional combination used to flavor pumpkin recipes, especially pumpkin pie. It was originally created by McCormick in the early 30s as a way for bakers to make pumpkin pie and not have to purchase each individual spice, especially around holidays.

What is pumpkin spice used for?

This assortment of quintessential Fall spices is ideal for sweet and savory dishes. You can add it to coffee and lattes, smoothies, baked goods, curry, hummus, and so much more!

Can I substitute a spice in a pumpkin pie spice recipe?

Yes! You can simply increase any of the other spices to replace another. More allspice can replace clove or nutmeg. Use cardamom as a substitute for ginger or clove.

Pumpkin spice in a small jar with a spoon and spice next to it.

All the best Fall spices are blended together for a warming and aromatic seasoning to add to your coffee drinks, smoothies, savory dishes, and desserts. It is a versatile spice mix to have around during the colder months. You’ll love the seasonal uses of this Pumpkin Spice blend, but also how it is more than just a sweet recipe seasoning.

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How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

Learn to make homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice with this easy DIY recipe. Warm Fall spices make up this medley of aromatic flavors to add to beverages, desserts, side dishes, and entrees.
5 from 2 votes
Servings 16 teaspoons
Course Spices
Calories 7
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined.
  • Store for up to 6 months in a cool dry place.

Notes

Recipe makes ⅓ cup.

Nutrition

Calories: 7kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g, Trans Fat: 0.001g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 14mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 6IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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