We love to make our own pumpkin pie spice instead of spending money on store-bought. Our simple recipe comes from Kat's great grandmother and makes just the right amount for the holiday season. Besides, pumpkin pie, we love to add pumpkin pie spice to pumpkin banana muffins, iced pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin scones, trifles, sangria, and more.
What is Pumpkin Spice?
Pumpkin spice is a warm combination of spices that tastes like fall. The spices can vary slightly, but typically include cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
About Homemade Pumpkin Spice
- Taste - Our homemade spice blend is sweet, warm, and cozy.
- Texture - The ingredients are ground and light.
- Effort - Just whisk the ingredients together then use it or store it for later.
- Time - It takes just 2 minutes to mix.
- Cinnamon - Cinnamon has a woodsy warmth.
- Ground ginger - Ginger provides a pungent spice.
- Nutmeg - Nutmeg has a nutty sweetness.
- Cloves - Cloves are warm, spicy, and pungent.
- Allspice - Allspice provides a subtle unique earthiness.
See recipe card for quantities.
- Cardamom - Add cardamom to create the signature chai spice flavor.
- Freshly ground black pepper - Pepper adds a nice little spice.
Add spices to a bowl and whisk or stir until combined. Use or store in an airtight container.
Pro tip - Transfer the pumpkin pie spice blend to glass jars and decorate with ribbon or twine for a fun homemade gift.
Store leftover pumpkin spice in an air-tight container at room temperature in a cool place for up to 6 months for best results. After 6 months, the spice mixture will begin to lose its potency.
- Taste the pumpkin pie spice before you use it to make sure it has your desired flavor. You can adjust accordingly.
- Use spices that don't expire soon if you plan on storing the spice mix for a while.
Pumpkin Pie Spice FAQs
Pumpkin spice can be used in all kinds of food and beverages. The most common use is for pumpkin pie and other baked goods. But it can also be great in any fall flavored foods like pumpkin scones, coffee, cookies, or fall sangria. You can also sprinkle it or mix it into breakfasts like oatmeal, yogurt, pancakes, or Belgian waffles.
No, pumpkin spice is not inherently bad for you because it is just made of simple spices. However, the dishes pumpkin pie spice is added to can be unhealthy. If you are adding pumpkin pie spice to a recipe, you can be careful about what other ingredients you include to ensure your recipe is healthy.
Many stores do not carry pumpkin spice year round. But each individual spice needed to make pumpkin pie spice is available year round.
While they are similar, apple pie spice tends to emphasize the sweet and unique flavors of the nutmeg and allspice with higher proportions of each.
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How to Make Pumpkin Spice
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- Add spices to a bowl and whisk or stir until combined. Use or store in an airtight container.2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- Store leftover pumpkin spice in an air-tight container at room temperature in a cool place for up to 6 months for best results. After 6 months, the mixture will begin to lose its potency.
- Transfer the the pumpkin spice blend to cute glass jars and decorate with ribbon or twine for a fun homemade gift.
- Taste the pumpkin pie spice before you use it to make sure it has your desired flavor. Then adjust accordingly.
- Use spices that don't expire soon if you plan on storing the spice mix for a while for later use.