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This homemade pumpkin pie spice is cozy and comforting, encapsulating all that is this favorite fall flavor. Use it in coffees, ice cream, overnight oats and obviously, pumpkin pie.
We all know pumpkin flavors reign supreme in the fall – though it seems to get earlier every year. I actually think I saw a pumpkin spice latte on a menu in early August this year. I’m not advocating for that – pumpkin spice should not be embraced the seasons change.
But once that calendar turns – watch out! I’m all about pumpkin flavored coffee, baked goods like pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies and whipped cream flavored with pumpkin pie spice. I simply cannot get enough of it.
You can use this blend whenever a recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice. With a comforting combination of spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves – the distinct and specific flavor of this spice mix will enhance your favorite recipes all fall.
But the queen of all pumpkin flavored desserts is obviously pumpkin pie. Whether you like a pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake or mini pumpkin pies, there are few Thanksgiving tables that aren’t adorned with this beloved autumnal dessert.
And for good reason – the cozy and comforting flavor that this spice blends adds to desserts is hard to replicate, but easy to love. Make a batch of this and use it as much as you want this fall.
But get your fill now – once spring rolls around, I’m going to insist you put the pumpkin pie spice away until next September!
Table of Contents
- TASTE: Cozy and comforting
- TEXTURE: Powdery spice
- EASE: Couldn’t be easier
- TIME: Minutes
What You’ll Need
This homemade pumpkin pie spice requires a handful of dried ground spices you have on hand or can be easily found at the grocery store. Make sure you use dried ground ginger. Freshly grated ginger won’t work here.
- Ground cinnamon – I buy this in bulk online
- Ground ginger – Adds a bit of zing
- Ground allspice – Adds distinct flavor.
- Ground cloves – Homey and warming spice.
- Ground nutmeg – Comforting and distinct.
- This recipe requires no special tools beyond a small bowl and either a whisk or a fork.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
I love making homemade spice blends. They are so quick and easy to pull together – just a whisk or a shake and they’re all combined and ready to go. Your favorite pumpkin spice latte is just a quick shake of the spice jar away – no car required.
- Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined and free of clumps.
- Transfer the spice mix to a tightly sealed jar.
How Much Pumpkin Pie Spice to Use
I use a dash of pumpkin pie spice in my coffee in the fall just to give it a bit of fall flavor. If you are making a recipe that calls for pumpkin pie spice, you can use this as a 1:1 substitution for the less flavorful store bought pumpkin pie spice.
Tips For Success
- Check the freshness of the ground spices you use. They lose their potency over time.
- You can grate your own nutmeg if you have fresh nutmeg. It adds a little extra flavor.
Keep this pumpkin pie spice blend in an airtight container (I use empty spice jars or the smallest mason jars) for up to the expiration date on the dried spices you use in this recipe.