Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin pie spice is an easy-to-make spice blend that can be made in five minutes with pantry ingredients. Use it to add fall flavors to your favorite pumpkin recipes!

Pumpkin pie spice in a bowl with a spoon.

Pumpkin pie spice is an easy-to-make spice blend that can be made in five minutes with pantry ingredients. Use it to add robust flavor to your favorite pumpkin recipes with simple spices.

It’s that time of year, pumpkin season! While you can grab this at the grocery store, it is easy to make your own DIY pumpkin pie spice blend.

Pumpkin pie spice is a versatile blend of warm and aromatic spices that brings the cozy flavors of fall to a variety of dishes. Typically composed of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves, 

this spice mix adds a delightful depth and complexity to both sweet and savory creations.

Use it to make Pumpkin Chai or Pumpkin Sauce for coffee.

The homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe is an easy recipe using a few ingredients from your spice cabinet.

I enjoy making my own spice blends and making a small batch of this is quick. Just measure out the individual spices, mix and you are ready for fall baking, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin desserts, and more!

Ingredients

Spices in small plates.

1. Cinnamon Powder: Cinnamon is the star of the pumpkin spice blend. It’s known for its warm, sweet, and slightly spicy flavor. Cinnamon adds depth and richness to the blend, and its aroma is instantly recognizable. It’s a popular spice in various cuisines and is often associated with cozy, comforting flavors.

2. Ginger Powder: Ginger contributes a gentle spiciness and warmth to the pumpkin spice blend. It complements the other spices by adding a slightly zesty and peppery note. Ginger also has a unique ability to balance the sweetness of pumpkin-based dishes, making it an essential component of the blend.

3. Nutmeg Powder: Nutmeg offers a warm and earthy flavor with hints of sweetness and a touch of nuttiness. It’s often used in small quantities due to its strong flavor. Nutmeg can add complexity to the blend, enhancing the overall depth of flavor.

4. Clove Powder: Clove provides a robust and intense flavor with a slightly floral and peppery undertone. It has a strong aroma that’s both sweet and spicy. Clove adds richness and warmth making it perfect for fall-inspired recipes.

5. Allspice: Allspice is not a combination of spices, as the name might suggest, but rather a single spice with a flavor reminiscent of a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It’s often described as having a warm, sweet, and peppery taste. Allspice ties the other spices together and adds an extra layer of complexity to the pumpkin spice blend.

When combined, these ingredients create a pumpkin spice blend that’s a perfect embodiment of autumn flavors. The blend captures the essence of cozy gatherings, warm beverages, and comforting baked goods that are commonly enjoyed during the fall season. 

Spice powders in small plates.

How To Make

  1. Measure Ingredients: Gather all the spice powders you have – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and allspice.
  2. Mix Spices: In a small bowl, combine the measured amounts of each spice. Stir or whisk the spices together thoroughly to ensure they are evenly distributed.
  3. Adjust Flavors: This is a basic recipe you can adjust the quantities to match your taste preferences. If you like a stronger cinnamon flavor, you can add a bit more cinnamon. Similarly, adjust the other spices to achieve the desired balance of flavors.
  4. Store the Blend: Once you’ve mixed the spices, transfer the pumpkin spice blend to an airtight container. Store it in a cool, dark place to preserve the flavors.
  5. Use in Recipes: You can use this homemade pumpkin spice blend in a variety of recipes, such as coffee, baked goods, oatmeal, and more. It’s a versatile seasoning that adds a warm and cozy flavor to many dishes.
Measured out ingredients in a small bowl.

Uses For Pumpkin Pie Spice

There are a ton of ways you can use this spice blend:

  1. Baking Brilliance: Transform your baked goods into autumnal masterpieces. Add pumpkin pie spice to your muffins, cookies, cakes, and bread for an instant infusion of warmth and flavor.
  2. Sensational Sips: Enhance your beverages with a sprinkle of the spice blend. Whether it’s a creamy latte, a spiced chai, or a cozy hot chocolate, this spice blend can turn your drinks into comforting fall favorites.
  3. Morning Magic: Elevate your breakfast routine by incorporating Pumpkin Pie Spice into your oatmeal, yogurt, or smoothie bowls. It’s a delightful way to start your day with a touch of seasonal charm.
  4. Hearty Fare: Don’t limit usage to just sweets. Use it to enhance the flavor of hearty dishes like roasted vegetables, soups, stews, and even marinades.
  5. Homemade Treats: Infuse homemade granola, trail mix, or even popcorn with  for a delightful snack that captures the essence of fall.
  6. Whipped Delicacies: Elevate whipped cream, cream cheese spreads, or yogurt-based toppings with a dash of spice.

Creative Cocktails: Surprise your guests with innovative cocktails that feature warm flavors. It can add an intriguing twist to classic beverages or inspire new concoctions.

Pumpkin pie spice in a bowl with a spoon.

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice

Shilpa Joshi
Pumpkin pie spice is an easy-to-make spice blend that can be made in five minutes with pantry ingredients. Use it to add fall flavors to your favorite pumpkin recipes!
5 from 1 vote
Course spice blend
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Equipment

  • 1 measuring spoons
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 small jar storage

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • tsp ginger powder
  • tsp nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp clove powder
  • ½ tsp all spice

Instructions
 

  • Measure Ingredients: Gather all the spice powders you have – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and allspice.
  • Mix Spices: In a small bowl, combine the measured amounts of each spice. Stir or whisk the spices together thoroughly to ensure they are evenly distributed.
  • Store the Blend: Once you've mixed the spices, transfer the pumpkin spice blend to an airtight container. Store it in a cool, dark place to preserve the flavors.

Notes

Use in Recipes: You can use this homemade pumpkin spice blend in a variety of recipes, such as coffee, baked goods, oatmeal, and more. It’s a versatile seasoning that adds a warm and cozy flavor to many dishes.
I use it to make pumpkin sauce for coffee or cheesecake which is used to make Pumpkin Chai!
Adjust Flavors: This is a basic pumpkin spice blend recipe, but you can adjust the quantities to match your taste preferences. If you like a stronger cinnamon flavor, you can add a bit more cinnamon. Similarly, adjust the other spices to achieve the desired balance of flavors.
 
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