Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Once you try homemade pumpkin pie spice, you’ll likely never go back to store-bought! It’s easy to make with spices you already have in your cupboard.

I make my own taco seasoning, so I figured I could easily make my own pumpkin pie spice. (Also see my beef stew seasoning, herbes de provence, and curry seasoning mix!)

Doing it at home saves money and tastes better. Also, if you’re like me, you don’t go through spices too terribly quickly, so this assures that you use what you have and that all your spices will be fresh and tasty.

So toss out your old pumpkin pie spice and pull out your cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves.

You can use this homemade pumpkin pie spice mixture:

  • for pumpkin pie (duh)
  • for pumpkin cheese cake
  • as a topping for sweet potatoes,
  • sprinkled in your coffee (hello pumpkin spice latte!)
  • thrown in pancake or waffle batter
  • stirred into your oatmeal
  • for the recipe I have coming for you Friday
Basically it gives anything the perfect little taste of fall.
Updated to add….try it in these recipes:

I finished off a jar of cinnamon while making this, so I threw my new spice mixture in that jar. Didn’t even have to wash it! Bonus! I wrote up a quick label, drew a pumpkin on it because I’m a dork (not to mention a terrible artist), and dated it.

Stay tuned, I have an amazing recipe coming for you to use this spice mix in!

Seriously amazing.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Once you try homemade pumpkin pie spice, you’ll likely never go back to store-bought! It’s easy to make with spices you already have in your cupboard. Perfect for fall baking!

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  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (use store-bought ground nutmeg if you need to but I promise once you try freshly ground, you’re never going back)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves





1. Mix together all ingredients and store in airtight container.

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  5. Love it! Especially at the end where you said you drew a pumpkin because you are a dork!

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  7. Hi Rachel,
    HELP! I am making a recipe that calls for all of the ingredients in pumpkin spice (which I have) seperately. So how do I know how much pumpkin spice to use? It calls for 1 tbls cinnamon, 1/2 tsp, ginger, 1/2 tsp allspice, and 1/4 tsp cloves. Would 1 tbls b too much?

    Thank you

    • Hmm — what are you making? No nutmeg listed in the recipe? I’d say 1 tablespoon is a pretty safe bet! Maybe even slightly more since the spices listed in the recipe add up to 1T + 1 and 1/4tsp. Taste it before you bake it! :)

      • Thanks. I made pumpkin ginger cupcakes. I used the spices called for an used the pumpkin spice for the allspice. They turned out great!
        Thanks for your help. :)

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  9. Thank you for the pumpkin pie spice ingredients. I have tried to purchase it from local stores, but have been unsuccessful. Now, I will go buy some fresh nutmeg and follow your instructions!

  10. Fab!! can’t wait to make it :) love your Taco mix, and I know I will love this to.

  11. Hi from a new reader. Where did you get the glass spice jar for your pumpkin spice mix? I have been looking for some. thanks, I use this spice weekly so am glad for the recipe.

  12. Love these spice blends so far! If you can figure out how to duplicate “Club House” Country Herb salad ‘n dip mix I would be forever greatful! It’s the only dip my daughter will eat and I’m going broke buying it a packet at a time!

  13. Love your recipes!

  14. I have been sick and am now restricted on salt. I love the taco seasoning recipe you posted on Facebook and I have been cutting and pasting and trying to print it out but I can’t do it. Is there any way you could send it to me? I am so sick of bland food. bunnydiet@aol.com

  15. Thanks for the recipie, I’ve just made this to go with my homemade pumpkin latte syrup :)

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  19. What a great idea. I am going to make some and give for gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Love the idea of making your own spice blends. Eh would make great holiday gifts with a recipe attached.

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  25. I just did this too but yours is so much prettier!

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  27. I found your blog via Taste and Tell. I’m so glad I stumbled across it! I can’t wait to make some fall recipes this weekend and I’ll definitely be using this blend of spices :)

  28. What a great idea!! Perfect for holiday gifts;). I actually just posted a recipe using some of these spices, but I think the whole combo would work perfectly!

  29. I LOVE this idea!!! I saw something similar on another site, but your little labeled bottle just drew me in, so cute. :) Great photos, can’t wait to try this out.

  30. so easy, it’s a crime not to pull some together for my baking this weekend :)

  31. This is such a great idea! I’m like you – I don’t use spices that much so they sit in my pantry and get old and clumpy!

  32. I think this is ingenious. Love your ideas for uses as well. Oatmeal?! How terrific! Latte?! Even better! :) This definitely is going to make it into an empty spice jar. But my spice jar won’t look nearly as cute as yours. You drew a pumpkin I see. I am an anti-artist. No,I am not against artists (my husband and daughter are both artists) but I am the worst artist imaginable. Have a great Thursday!

  33. Hi Rachel! I just found your blog from Eat, Live Run. I also am a young mom with TWO little girls – and have stopped working full-time to focus more on my family and my true passion – writing! (I write children’s books!) Anyway, I’m excited I found you! I am always trying to find quick simple recipes for my family too. Thanks for the tips!

  34. LOVE making homemade spice blends. I can nearly smell this!

  35. I love making my own spice mixtures as well! However, I’ve never made pumpkin spice. This sounds like a keeper! Beautiful pics!

  36. Well this is definitely a handy recipe to keep on hand. Thanks for sharing it and saving all of us a few bucks at the grocery store.

  37. This is wonderful. I haven’t been able to find pumpkin pie mix in Australia so this will be great. Now to make my own pumpkin puree…

  38. Of course I saw this recipe AFTER buying an albeit small jar of pumpkin pie spice! I’ll use it up & keep your recipe on my file cuz I’m all about saving money. Also I can’t believe ppl asked to see your trash can!

  39. Can I just say I randomly found your blog and I loove that you made your own pumpkin pie spice? And you made the spices look like little pieces of art. Fantastic! I’m definitely a follower ;)

  40. Ooooh love this idea of making your own pumpkin pie spice! I found you over at Taste and Tell!

  41. Love the picture of the spices!

    And saw you on Deborah’s site today :)

  42. Being that I practically DRINK pumpkin pie spice ,I love this recipe!! I find myself using it in almost every single recipe I have!

  43. What a great idea!! And I love your cute little label!!!

  44. This is so much better than the store-bought version, particularly with that freshly ground nutmeg. You’re so right about never going back to the pre-ground version once you’ve ground your own nutmeg.

  45. Stirred into your oats sounds perfect! I should get up and toss this right away!

  46. Your little homemade wrapper for the jar is the cutest :) Next time I’m out of pumpkin pie spice I’m definitely making it from scratch.

  47. Perfect! Much nicer to make your own, and you can adjust for personal tastes too.

  48. What about snorting the spice? Is that accepted among human beings? No? Yes?

    looks. awesome.

  49. what a wonderful idea. I wish I would have thought of it. I love pumpkin spice and you want to know a secret- i use it even when its the middle of summer. I just can’t get away from it! great post!

  50. Great post, Rachel. I like to put pumpkin pie spice on applesauce. Penzey’s sells empty spice jars for situations like this, and they’re like less than $2. I use them for taco seasoning and BBQ rub, and yeah, labels are important because my husband put taco seasoning on something we were going to barbecue this summer!

  51. Ooo yay I should do this. I’m very intrigued by what you have coming Friday…and for the pictures of the inside of your fridge!

  52. I love making my own spice mixtures! Thanks for posting this one- I was hesitant to buy pumpkin pie spice, but I have all these ingredients!


  53. Awesome! I usually make my own impromptu pumpkin pie spice blend whenever a recipe calls for one, so it’s good to have an actual recipe to follow! :-) Also I just shared your taco seasoning recipe with a friend who was fretting about not being able to find taco seasoning in Israel :-)

  54. Awesome! Thanks for sharing the inside of your trash can! lol…no seriously…I too am all about homemade seasoning blends. I always make my own taco seasonings too. :)

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