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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice Blends at home and forget the expensive bottles at the store. I like to make my own blend of this classic warming spice and use it in herbal teas and ice creams along with all those pies!

side view of a scoop of pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin Spice Recipe

What’s the deal with Pumpkin Pie Spice costing $4.47 in the spice aisle at the grocery store? Really?!?!?  A bottle of it which has about 2 tablespoons worth of spices in it, costs more than a PS Latte? I can’t deal with that!

I am so frustrated with the store, couple that with the fact that I am cheap, and the result is not pretty! What can I do about it? Make my own pumpkin pie spice.

If you are a sucker for pumpkin season like me, you are going to love this blend of spices. I use it in this fluffy pumpkin dip, pumpkin skillet dip, and this pumpkin apple punch.

Making your own spices are easy AND you can control what you put in. Like more ginger? Add it in!

You also don’t have those drying and anti-clumping agents in it like the ones at the store. It’s perfect for sweet and savory dishes. Try all my favorite homemade seasoning mixes and find a new one you might not have in your spice cabinet yet.

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rows of individual spices on a white platter

Ingredients Needed

Cinnamon – Use ground cinnamon and not sticks. Saigon Cinnamon is the best blend of cinnamon and I highly recommend using it over ALL others.

Ginger – Ground ginger is pretty pungent. If you are sensitive to it, I would start with half the amount.

Ground Cloves – This is the one difference between this and apple pie spice.

Nutmeg – Fresh grated is best.

Allspice – If you don’t have this, add more cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

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Making pumpkin spice at home is very easy. Most likely you already have all the ingredients. Most recipes contain these common spices. The only differences are the amounts.

How to make Pumpkin Pie Spice

First: Mix everything together in a small bowl.

Second: Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Use in all your favorite baked goods!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

side view of jar of spice

Pumpkin Spice Substitute

This recipe is a great substitute for store-bought pumpkin pie spice and keeps it simple. Some recipes get a little too inclusive in my opinion by including cardamom, white pepper, and even Mace.

Ever heard of mace? Besides it being a pepper spray for getting rid of unwanted people, it is a spice that comes from nutmeg.

The coating of the nutmeg seed is called an aril, which is removed, dried, and then ground to make the mace spice.

The flavor of mace is like a mixture of cinnamon and pepper or extra strong nutmeg. I found some in my mom’s spice cabinet but it was like 300 years old. Go figure…

If you don’t like cloves, mace pairs perfectly with nutmeg in your pumpkin pie recipe:)

Spoon spilling spices

Can you substitute allspice for pumpkin pie spice?

You can use pumpkin spice in place of allspice in a recipe but I would not recommend using just allspice in a recipe that calls for pumpkin spice. It’s a little on the strong side.

Is it the same as Apple Pie Spice?

The two mixes are basically the same. Apple pie spice doesn’t have cloves in it so it’s perfect for someone who doesn’t care for them as much.

If you like cloves, add a little with the apple pie spice and you are all set.

Follow my Pumpkin Spiced Everything Pinterest Board for more recipes to use your homemade spice mix in!

Overhead of pumpkin pie spice in a jar

How much do I use instead of individual spices?

For 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon allspice. You can adjust the amounts in these proportions as needed.

Uses for Pumpkin Spice

  • cookies
  • cakes (carrot cake especially)
  • pies
  • bars (this is my favorite recipe for pumpkin pie but in bar form!)
  • banana bread
  • sweet potatoes
  • fudge
  • whipped cream
  • pumpkin spice lattes
  • french toast
  • hot chocolate
  • pumpkin bread
  • drinks
  • popcorn
  • brownies
  • anything you love these spices with

How long does it last?

Store this pie spice in my favorite jars to keep it fresh if you don’t use it all during the season. If stored properly, your pumpkin spice mix will last up to 6 months if you don’t use it all in some awesome recipes.

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Enjoy the spicy-sweet flavor of cinnamon and the warm taste of homemade pumpkin spice in all your favorite drinks and dishes to bring a little fall flavor to everything!

Side view of Pumpkin Pie spice in jar with spoon on top filled with the spice

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Don’t spend extra money on store-bought spice mixes when you can make your own! Plus there are no added ingredients or preservatives.
4.95 from 20 votes
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Course: Homemade Spice Mixes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 7kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice


  • Mix all the ingredients together and use in your favorite recipe!
  • Use as needed.



*If you like this recipe, please leave me a comment and rate it with some stars. Thank you!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g

{Originally published 9/29/15 – notes updated 8/26/22 to improve reader experience}

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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 23rd of November 2022

But how much do you actually use of the pumpkin pie spice in a pumpkin pie??


Friday 25th of November 2022

Depending on how much you like in your pie, I would start with 1-2 teaspoons and taste. Then add more if necessary.


Friday 11th of September 2020

I love pumpkin spice.

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Monday 19th of September 2016

Great idea! We are trying to cut back on processed food so this fits right in! It also looks like a great little cooking and measuring activity for the kids!

Monday 19th of September 2016

I love making my own spice mixes for that reason. No junk in them.


Monday 19th of September 2016

Yum, this would be perfect on a bowl of Oatmeal!

Monday 19th of September 2016

Yes it would!!