Made with fresh, whole spices, this Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is a must-have for fall baking! Takes just minutes to make!
Why Make Your Own Spice Mix
Premade Pumpkin Pie Spice in those little bottles at the store costs a fortune (relatively speaking); plus, you never know how long it’s been been sitting on the shelf. What’s more, premixes never seem to have the right balance of nutmeg. (We love nutmeg!)
Some years ago, I decided it was time to start making my own homemade Pumpkin Spice, and as it turns out, it's pretty darned easy to make - and the price differential will blow you away!
A 15x Savings
To put things in perspective, the ingredients for this recipe collectively cost less than a dollar. By comparison, bottled Pumpkin Pie Spice can run 10 to 15 times that much, especially if you are buying organic.
What Goes into this Recipe
To make fresh, homemade Pumpkin Spice, you first need to gather the freshest ingredients you can. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves are easy – you can find whole spices in your grocery store bulk section.
Grinding your own ginger, however, is another thing entirely, and a time-consuming one at that. For this reason, I usually use pre-ground ginger.
Ingredients Notes & Substitutions
You can substitute in ground spices for any of the whole spices, as needed.
- Ground Allspice: 2 grams
- Ground Cinnamon: 15 grams
- Ground Cloves: 2 grams
- Ground Ginger: 8-9 grams
- Ground Nutmeg: 1-2 grams
Amounts are measured by weight (grams) instead of volume (teaspoons or tablespoons) because freshly ground spices are much more “lofty” than those you buy at the store. (They're much more aromatic, too!)
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pound cinnamon sticks with a hammer or meat tenderizer to make smaller pieces.
In a clean coffee grinder or spice grinder, combine cinnamon stick pieces, whole cloves, and whole allspice and grind into powder. Leave the spices in the grinder and set aside.
Grate the nutmeg on a nutmeg grater or microplane. Measure 1½ to 3 teaspoons of fresh nutmeg, depending on your preference, and add it to the grinder. Add the ground ginger to the grinder at this time, too.
Give everything a whirl in the grinder to combine.
Store the pumpkin pie spice mix in tightly sealed jar until ready to use.
Ways to Use Pumpkin Spice
There are countless ways to use Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice. Here are just a few:
- Bake a batch of Pumpkin Spice Scones or Pumpkin Muffins.
- Mix a latte with some homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup.
- Snack on Pumpkin Spice Pretzels.
- Dip into some Pumpkin Spice Hummus or Pumpkin Pie Dip.
- Chill out with a Pumpkin Smoothie.
- Indulge in Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse.
- Cozy up with a cup of Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa.
FAQs & Expert Tips
Pumpkin spice will keep well in an airtight container for up to 1 year. The fresher it is when you use it, the more intense the flavor will be.
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix
- Pound cinnamon sticks with a hammer or meat tenderizer to make smaller pieces.
- In a clean coffee grinder or spice grinder, combine cinnamon stick pieces, whole cloves, whole allspice and grind into powder. Leave it in the grinder and set aside.
- Grate the nutmeg on a nutmeg grater or microplane. Measure 1½ to 3 teaspoons of fresh nutmeg, depending on your preference, and add it to the grinder.Add the ground ginger to the grinder at this time, too.
- Give everything a whirl in the grinder to combine.
- Store mix in tightly sealed jar until ready to use.
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Originally published October 9, 2013. Post has been updated with new content, images, and recipe instructions to improve reader experience.