Learn how to make pumpkin pie spice to use in everything from pumpkin pie recipes to pumpkin spice lattes, your favorite fall baking, and more. All you need is a few spices and 5 minutes!

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: This pumpkin spice recipe is everything we love about fall. Add this homemade spice blend to beverages, desserts, baked goods, snacks and more.

How long it takes: 5 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: measuring spoon, small jar
Servings: makes about 1/4 cup

Overhead view of homemade pumpkin spice in a jar, with ingredients surrounding it.
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Cozy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Rows of gleaming orange pumpkins, crisp autumn afternoons, brilliantly colorful leaves, and an azure blue sky. Don’t you just love this season?

And of course, there’s the food: mulled cider, cinnamon sugar-dusted apple cider doughnuts, and pumpkin everything. That’s where this homemade pumpkin pie spice blend enters the picture. With warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and more, you’ll find yourself adding this spice blend to beverages, baked goods, breakfast foods, and more. It just tastes like fall!

Why You’ll Love This Pumpkin Spice Recipe

  • Better quality spice. Making your own seasoning mixes is budget-friendly and tastes way better than store-bought. This homemade pumpkin pie spice is easy to customize to your tastes, and it’s free of any additives or preservatives.
  • Easy ingredients. Will you need to buy a bunch of spices to make your own pumpkin spice? Nope! Chances are, you already have what you need in your pantry. 5 simple spices and 5 minutes is all it takes.
  • Perfect for fall. When the days turn cool and crisp, use pumpkin pie spice in all your favorite fall recipes. This homemade spice features in everything from my healthy pumpkin bread to pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, homemade pumpkin pie, and more. Keep reading for easy ways to use pumpkin spice!
Spices in separate bowls on a light grey background.

What Is Pumpkin Pie Spice Made Of?

I’ve included some quick notes on the short list of spices you’ll need to make your own pumpkin spice. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card below the post with the full ingredient amounts and recipe details.

  • Cinnamon: Sweet and warm, ground cinnamon is the foundation of the blend.
  • Nutmeg: Store-bought ground nutmeg works fine. But, I promise, once you try freshly grated nutmeg, you’ll never go back! The flavor of pre-ground just can’t compare. Buy whole nutmegs (they look like a hard, round nut in the dry goods section) and use a fine zester or grater to scrape off the amount you need.
  • Ginger: Another warming spice, ground ginger packs a zesty punch reminiscent of gingersnaps.
  • Allspice: Despite the name, allspice is just one spice. It’s a dried berry, also called Jamaica pepper, found with the other spices in the spice aisle.
  • Cloves: You may be more used to whole cloves, but you’ll need ground cloves for this pumpkin spice blend. This dark brown spice has a powerful flavor, so use it sparingly. Take a sniff and if you’re not sure about it, start with a half teaspoon and add more to taste.
Nutmeg zester on white background.

Handy Tool

I usually use my fine zester to grate nutmeg but there are nifty little tools but I’m thinking about buying this cute little nutmeg grater. It’s inexpensive, too!

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

Making pumpkin pie spice is almost embarrassingly easy. Use a measuring spoon to measure out each ground spice into a jar or container, put the lid on, and shake it. You can also stir the spices together in a bowl before transferring the mixed spice to a storage container.

Side by side images of pumpkin pie spice before and after being mixed in a bowl with a whisk.

Tips and Variation Ideas

This simple pumpkin spice recipe is so straightforward, it’s destined to become a pantry staple. Here are some final tips for making your own spice blend:

  • Use fresh spices. There’s no need to buy a bunch of brand-new spices for this recipe, just as long as yours haven’t been sitting in the cupboard for 10 years. If they have, my advice to you is to start fresh. You won’t be sorry!
  • Store your pumpkin spice airtight. I like to recycle old spice jars to put my homemade spices in. I write up a quick label, draw a pumpkin on it because I’m a dork (and a terrible artist), and date it before stashing it in the pantry. See below for detailed storage instructions. 
  • Double or triple the recipe to make more pumpkin pie spice mix. Just keep the ratio the same.
  • If you’re not fond of a particular ingredient, simply omit it. You can also substitute extra cinnamon, or another warm sweet spice, such as cardamom.
Pumpkin pie spice in a small jar, cinnamon sticks nearby.

FAQs

Is allspice the same as pumpkin pie spice?

No. Allspice is its own spice, and not a combination of “all spices” (not to be confused with mixed spice, see below). Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices that sometimes includes allspice.

Can I use mixed spice instead of pumpkin spice?

Yes, because they’re the same thing! Mixed spice is another name for pumpkin pie spice and they’re interchangeable in recipes.

What is a substitute for pumpkin pie spice?

In a pinch, cinnamon is a good substitute for pumpkin pie spice. Another option is apple pie spice, which contains similar spices. Compare the ingredients in the recipe to what you have on hand.

Wooden spoon in a small white bowl of pumpkin pie spice.

Ways To Use Pumpkin Pie Spice

I’m sure you’ll find loads of ways to use pumpkin pie spice in all your favorite recipes! Here are a few of my own ideas to get you started. Pumpkin spice adds the perfect taste of fall to anything you make.

Brown spices on a tiny wooden spoon, other spices nearby.

How to Store

It’s important to store spices and dried herbs airtight in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight, like inside a pantry or cupboard. Also, make sure to keep spices away from heat, like the stove.

This pumpkin pie spice will keep fresh for two to three years, if stored properly.

More Seasoning Mixes

Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 44 servings
Learn how to make pumpkin pie spice to use in your favorite pumpkin pie recipes and more fall baking ideas. All you need is a few spices and 5 minutes!
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Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions 

  • Mix together all ingredients in a small jar or airtight container. Makes a little less than a quarter cup.

Notes

  • A note about nutmeg: use store-bought ground nutmeg if you need to but I promise once you try freshly grated, you’re never going back!
  • Store at room temperature in pantry or cupboard. Keeps for two to three years if stored properly.
  • Can be used for pumpkin pie, of course, but check out the post above for lots more ideas and recipes.

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.25teaspoon, Calories: 2kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 4mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg

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

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79 Comments

  1. Julie says:

    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

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      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! :)

      1. Julie says:

        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. :)

  2. Barb says:

    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!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      You’re welcome! I need to refill my supply as well!

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    LOVE this so much!!

  4. barbara says:

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

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Aww, thanks! They are two of my favorite recipes.

  5. Ginger says:

    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.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Amazon!

  6. Sondra says:

    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!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Never heard of that–I’ll look into it! I have another spice blend coming this week.

  7. Kitty says:

    Love your recipes!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks so much, Kitty!

  8. bunny says:

    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

  9. Sam Brentnall says:

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

    1. Rachel says:

      Glad you liked it! I could go for a pumpkin spice latte right now!

  10. BNE says:

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