Skip the store-bought, expensive Apple Pie Spice mix and make your own with spices in your own pantry. Customize your levels of cinnamon and other spices to your liking!
Homemade Apple Pie Spice
I can smell the fall season in the air and I am loving it! The one thing that I am looking forward to most about the season, other than warm sweaters, colder weather, and hot cocoa, is all the wonderful fall baking treats. The one at the top of my list is Apple Pie.
And, of course, the best part of the apple pie is the warm and delicious spices! The apple pie spice mix is also the reason I am drawn to hot apple cider, apple turnovers, and spiced apple cakes. I wonder how much apple pie spice Americans actually go through every year?
Just take me to the Apple Pie Spice Mix Recipe Already!
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy Apple Pie Spice Mix Recipe recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Apple Pie Spice Ingredients
I love getting a spice mix and trying it out. The spice combination is already figured out, amounts determined, and ready to use. I don’t like the price and fillers though! Once you have the basics, you can start to customize your spice mix to your specific liking. So when I make my own Apple Pie Spice, I start with the basics.
The main ingredients in Apple Pie Spice are:
All of these spices are pretty basic, especially the cinnamon, but this time I mixed things up a bit. For this apple pie spice mix, I chose to use Vietnamese Cinnamon or Saigon Cinnamon. Vietnamese Cinnamon is related to the everyday cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia, or Chinese cinnamon) that is mainly used in the US. The flavor of the Chinese cinnamon is less delicate than the other species and the bark is thicker. All of the 6 related cinnamon species use the bark to make the spice that you see in the store and rolled to make the cinnamon sticks. Vietnamese Cinnamon (or Saigon cinnamon) has a higher oil content which gives it a more potent aroma and flavor.
I picked up a bottle of Vietnamese cinnamon when I was at the store last time because I wanted to see if there was a noticeable difference in flavor because there is a significant difference in price. The usual cinnamon I buy but find it really harsh and it sometimes burns my nose. Once I tried the Vietnamese cinnamon, I think I am going to switch permanently! The Vietnamese cinnamon was so much for flavorful, sweeter, and just overall better!!! If you have the chance to try it, you will not be disappointed.
All the other spices are good to go. I will note that if you have the chance to ground your nutmeg fresh, do it, just cut back a little on the amount as fresh is way more potent!
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Apple Pie Spices
You might be asking how this apple pie spice mix differs from pumpkin pie spice as they seem to have to same ingredients. Pumpkin Pie Spice contains the usual cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger but also the addition of cloves. Apple Pie Spice contains the usual cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, but with the addition of allspice. Cardamom is an optional spice that I use here and is popular for both spice mixes.
The addition of the cloves is what really makes the difference as cloves have such a unique and potent aroma and flavor. This is an example of why I love to make my own spice mixes. With so many spices to use, and their unique quialities, controlling the levels of each makes them easy to be liked by everyone.
I prefer less cloves altogether so I can leave them out of both, but I also prefer a little less cinnamon due to my sensitivity.
FAQ about Apple Pie Spice Mix:
- Q: Is Apple Pie Spice gluten-free?
A: This recipe is gluten-free, keto, paleo, and Whole30 compliant. It is not AIP though because of the allspice and the nutmeg.
- Q: What can I use this Apple Pie Spice Mix for?
A: I have a great recipe for a fresh apple pie salsa that is great with this spice mix!
- Q: Can you substitute Pumpkin Pie Spice for Apple Pie Spice and vice versa?
A: You can! Pumpkin Pie Spice usually contains cloves so feel free to switch out the two in equal amounts and add cloves to the apple pie spice if you need to.
- Q: What do you store your Apple Pie Spice Mix in to keep it fresh?
A: I use these Weck Jars for all my spice mixes and pickled condiments!
I love making spice mixes but hate a one use product! I don’t want to spend time making a spice mix that can only be used in one recipe. Want to know what else you can use this Apple Pie Spice Mix in?
Great recipes to use this Apple Pie Spice in!
- Apple Pie Filling
- Fresh Apple Pie Salsa
- Apple Pie Muffin Twists
- Apple Pie Moonshine
- Caramel Apple Sandwich Cookies
- Apple Spice Cream Cheese Frosting
- Apple Pie Spice Chex Mix
- Dutch Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars
- Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
- Homemade Apple Pie Vodka
- Apple Pie Cake
- Apple Clafoutis
Happy Fall Y’all!
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Easy Apple Pie Spice Mix Recipe
Skip the store-bought, expensive Apple Pie Spice mix and make your own with spices in your pantry. Customize the levels of cinnamon and spices to your liking!
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
4 tablespoons Vietnamese Cinnamon (or regular if don’t have it)
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon cardamom
Mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container in a cool dark place.
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Keywords: apple pie spice, cinnamon, spice mix, spice blend, nutmeg
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