Love the smell of warm apple pie? Add a jar of this apple pie spice recipe to your pantry so you’re ready for all sorts of apple pie delights! Keep reading for more delicious ideas. 

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: It’s great in a pinch if you don’t have store-bought apple pie spice. Add it to baked goods, ice cream, soups, yogurt, and so much more.

How long it takes: 5 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: bowl and spoon or a jar
Servings: makes 3 tablespoons

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Is there anything better than the aroma of freshly baked apple pie? My grandma made the best apple pies! This apple pie spice recipe will make the job a little bit easier. The warm sweet flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, and allspice found in this blend will make your apple pie sing.

I love making my own spice mixes. You can make them the way you like them and they’re so convenient. For more spice mix recipes, keep reading!

Wooden background with apple pie spice in a small jar. Also pictured are cinnamon sticks and apple pie on a white plate.

About this apple pie spice recipe

It’s so easy to make! Find a pretty glass jar with a tight fitting lid, or recycle a spice jar that’s been emptied, washed and dried thoroughly. Combine the ground spices, mix thoroughly, and decant into your jar.

Once it’s made, you’ll no longer have to reach for five different spices when you want to add the flavor of apple pie! 

How To Use homemade apple pie spice

Desserts: Really, what dessert wouldn’t benefit from a sprinkling of this delightful blend? Think beyond apple pie. Even plain vanilla ice cream tastes so amazing with a little apple pie spice sprinkled on it. Mix a teaspoon into homemade whipped cream for a fantastic topping. Try homemade applesauce with apple pie spice for a low calorie dessert.

Your favorite apple recipe: Enrich the flavor of apple bread, apple muffins, or apple crisp. Add it to air fryer apple fritters or homemade apple dip. If you’re looking for more recipes to try, check out my list of 30+ easy apple recipes!

Recipe Tip

If a recipe calls for a teaspoon of cinnamon, try substituting a teaspoon of apple pie spice to add more spiced nuance. 

Breakfast: Sift it into your pancake mix and make an easy apple compote for apple pie pancakes. Add it to this French toast recipe. Stir it into yogurt or smoothies, or your morning bowl of oatmeal.

Beverages: Sip on apple pie spiced hot chocolate or hot cider for a delicious beverage. 

Savory dishes: Add apple pie spice to roasted squash or sweet potatoes.

Overhead view of apple pie spice mix in a jar.

What’s in apple pie spice?

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg (try freshly grated if you can, you’ll be amazed at how much more flavorful it is!)
  • Cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Allspice

Can I use pumpkin pie spice instead of apple pie spice?

Sure! There are a couple of differences though. My homemade pumpkin pie spice blend contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. You’ll find more ginger flavor in pumpkin pie spice, and just a hint of cloves, more reminiscent of pumpkin pie.

Apple pie on a white plate, with apple pie spices in the foreground.

How to make this Spice Blend your own

  • Double or triple the recipe. Why not, when you have all the spices out already? Find a pretty glass jar and fill it up.
  • Adjust the flavors to your liking. The amounts of any of the spices can be increased or decreased according to your taste. 
Close up of spices on a red measuring spoon.

Storage Tips

Stored in an airtight jar, ground spices will last at least two or three years in a dry dark environment, such as your pantry or a cupboard.

Try not to store them on countertops or next to your stove. They’ll never spoil or expire but the flavor may be affected eventually. 

DIY Spice Mixes

You don’t have to be a scientist to concoct these formulas! Try:


Apple Pie Spice Recipe

4.34 from 3 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
Love the smell of warm apple pie? Add a jar of this apple pie spice recipe to your pantry so you're ready for all sorts of apple pie delights! Keep reading for more delicious ideas. 
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  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (increase to 2 teaspoons if not using freshly grated)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice


  • Mix together all ingredients and store in airtight container. Makes about 3 tablespoons.


  • Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • Stored properly, the spice blend will keep for 2 to 3 years. Use a tightly covered container or jar and store away from heat and light. 



Serving: 0.5teaspoon, Calories: 4kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.04g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.003g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 0.2mg, Potassium: 7mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. denise says:

    wonderful mix.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks Denise!