How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin pie spice can be expensive to purchase, especially since you basically only reach for it a few months out of each year (or maybe even just once for a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie). Although spices have a long shelf life, they do loose flavor over time.

So, if you have a well stocked spice cupboard, why not make homemade pumpkin pie spice instead of purchasing yet another jar of spice to occupy space and grow old in the cupboard? Find the formula for making pumpkin pie spice below, along with some tasty suggestions to use this new creation all season long.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

To make pumpkin pie spice, begin with these ground spices.

Pumpkin Spice


The following ground spices are the only ingredients needed to make this pleasant tasting spice:
  • 3 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cloves
  • Instructions:

    Measure and mix together the above spices in a bowl. Done!


    Store this homemade spice in an airtight container.

    Pumpkin Pie Spice

    Uses for Pumpkin Pie Spice

    This spice can make a great pumpkin pie, but this newly created spice is too tasty to use just once. Here are some ways to use this spice as a fall substitute for other spices, but be sure to check back later for upcoming recipes using this newly created pumpkin pie spice.

    Twist up other recipes by substituting an equal amount of pumpkin pie spice for the amount of spice called for in the recipe.
    A good rule of thumb for this pumpkin pie spice is 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice for each 1 cup of flour called for in the recipe. For instance, make pumpkin spiced brownies.
    Note: The previous substitution suggestion is for this homemade pumpkin pie spice, please beware of using commercial pumpkin pie spice as it often contains sulfating agents which will prevent rising in baked goods.

    Look for recipes using this homemade pumpkin pie spice in the coming weeks. We will share a recipe for pumpkin cake with spiced buttercream frosting and one for fall nuts – all using this newly created spice for flavoring.

    For more information on the shelf life of spices see our spice menu page and for tips on keeping this new pumpkin pie spice freely shaking after storage, see our keep spices from clumping post.

    To find out how long other foods are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the search function below.

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