A quintessential fall baking staple, this pumpkin pie spice recipe is completely customizable and a better option than store bought pumpkin spice mix for more than one reason! Today, I’m sharing with you why I like to make my pumpkin pie spice at home, how you can customize your pumpkin pie spice to pack a bit more punch, and sharing some of my favorite recipes using our homemade pumpkin pie spice.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
Making your own pumpkin pie spice blend allows you to have complete control over the flavors of your fall baking and is a lot cheaper than purchasing those tiny $4 containers of pumpkin pie spice that only last for a handful of recipes.
Personally, I like making my own DIY pumpkin pie spice for a couple of reasons. The first is that I’m not a huge fan of cloves and like to adjust the amount of ground cloves in my recipe to be less than what is usually found in pre-made pumpkin spice mixes; and I love adding ginger to my pumpkin spice mix!
The second reason why I like making my own pumpkin pie spice substitute is that I like to avoid the sulfiting agents that are added by many commercial spice makers. Sulfiting agents are allowed to be used in spice blends because the FDA assumes that these blends will be added to items that will be baked – they are banned for use on fresh fruits and vegetables that are assumed to be eaten raw (although many salad bars still use them despite the National Restaurant Association advising against any use of sulfites). But many of us use pumpkin pie spice on top of a latte or sprinkle it overtop of baked goods, so we are still consuming them “raw.”
Individuals with asthma (and sulfite-sensitive people) are more prone to reactions from sulfites, including asthma attacks, flushing, faintness, weakness, hives, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, swelling of the tongue, difficulty swallowing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and loss of consciousness. My daughter has asthma and while I can’t avoid all potential triggers, this is a simple swap that makes sense for our family.
What is in Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Pumpkin Pie Spice is usually a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and ginger. Some recipes leave out the ginger, which is a travesty.
Some people like adding mace or cardamom to their pumpkin pie spice, and in recent years, some super food companies have started adding pumpkin powder to their spices. (It’s usually used as a super-food flour replacement, but I’ve used it in pasta sauces and to naturally dye foods.)
If you’re adding cardamom or mace, just start with a 1/4 teaspoon to start and then increase it slightly if you like what it adds to the recipe. Both can easily overpower the other spices so go slow.
Recipes that Use Pumpkin Pie Spice:
- Pumpkin Spice Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
- Fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
- Pumpkin Spice Scones
- Pumpkin Caramel Rice Krispie Bars
- Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
- Pumpkin Pie Dip
- Homemade Pumpkin Spice Waffles
- Pumpkin Turnovers
- Pumpkin Spice Churros
- No-Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
- Creamy Pumpkin Pie Martini
- Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding
- Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
- Pumpkin Oatmeal
Check out our quick video for how to make this simple homemade pumpkin pie spice and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:
Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Ginger
- Ground Nutmeg
- Ground Allspice
- Ground Cloves
- Ground Cardamom, optional
- Mace, optional
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: Start with leaving the cardamom and mace out and then add them in if you feel like your spice blend is missing something. Feel free to experiment by adding more or less of the increments mentioned here.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Spice Grinder
- Measuring spoons
- Mason jars, for storing – I do not recommend plastic jars as they can hold moisture and you want to keep this seasoning mix dry to preserve freshness
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
Measure out your ingredients into a small bowl (or directly into your small mason jar).
Stir (or secure the lid and give it a good shake).
Adjust the seasoning as desired – I like to “taste” my spice blends by sprinkling onto a coffee, or you can just adjust it after baking with it. It may take a while to figure out your perfect blend, but you will be so happy when you do!
Grab your free printable for Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe:
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon mace, optional
- Measure out your ingredients into a small bowl (or directly into your small mason jar).
- Stir (or secure the lid and give it a good shake).
- Adjust the seasoning as desired - I like to "taste" my spice blends by sprinkling onto a coffee, or you can just adjust it after baking with it. It may take a while to figure out your perfect blend, but you will be so happy when you do!
Start with leaving the cardamom and mace out and then add them in if you feel like your spice blend is missing something. Feel free to experiment by adding more or less of the increments mentioned here.
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Simply Organic Cardamom, Certified Organic, Non-GMO | 2.82 oz | Elettaria cardamomum (L.) Maton
McCormick Ground Cloves, 0.9 oz Shaker
Amazon Brand - Happy Belly All Spice, Ground, 2.5 Ounces
Amazon Brand - Happy Belly Nutmeg, Ground, 3.25 Ounces
Amazon Brand - Happy Belly Ginger, Ground, 2.75 Ounce
MCK NUTMEG, GROUND 1.1OZ
McCormick Ground Cinnamon, 7.12 oz
VERONES Mason Jars Canning Jars, 4 OZ Jelly Jars With Regular Lids and Bands, Ideal for Jam, Honey, Wedding Favors, Shower Favors, Baby Foods, DIY Magnetic Spice Jars, 16 PACK,Extra 16 Lids
Hamilton Beach Fresh Grind 4.5oz Electric Coffee Grinder for Beans, Spices and More, Stainless Steel Blades, Black (80335R)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This is simply the best recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice – I hope you enjoyed our tips for customizing your own blend and learning why you want to avoid store brands.