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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

If you’ve been using the same old jar of pumpkin pie spice for years and years, it’s time to upgrade! Making your own is so easy, and I’m willing to bet you already have the ingredients in your cupboard.

Homemade pumpkin pie spice in a clear glass jar. Cinnamon sticks and whole cloves are on the table next to the jar.

Yep, another spice blend!

Have you ever made your own pumpkin pie spice?

Honestly, I think everyone should.

Why?

Because it’s fun to make your own blends. You’ll feel super cheffy. Or domestic. Or something like that.

Also, if you plan to make your own little jar every year during the holidays it guarantees that you have a fresh blend. I know I’m not the only one who has kept the same little jar of pumpkin pie spice and used a couple teaspoons every year for some pumpkin recipe.

Until, 5 years later, when it starts smelling like dirt. It’s true. If you have an old jar, take a whiff.

The ingredients for pumpkin pie spice are being stirred by a measuring spoon in a small wooden bowl.

What is in Pumpkin Pie Spice?

There are a lot of versions, depending on your preference, but most pumpkin pie spice blends have these four spices as a base:

  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves

Some blends have allspice, mace, or a little cardamom. If you’re fancy, feel free to add those, too.

Half of a nutmeg pod sits on a Microplane grater waiting to be grated and used in pumpkin pie spice.

One thing I highly recommend: Buy WHOLE nutmeg pods. They keep for a really long time and freshly ground nutmeg is just…. *chef’s kiss*.

If you have a Microplane grater, it’s easy to grate some to use in a recipe.

Another thing I always do is grind my own cloves. I LOOOOOVE cloves. I talk more about grinding your own spices in another post. Basically, all you need are whole cloves and a cheap coffee grinder.

A small jar of pumpkin pie spice -- view from the side. Jar contains a measuring spoon.

If you’ve followed me online during the holidays, you know I make fun of this blend a little because I love Chai Spice so much. And say it’s like the cooler cousin to pumpkin pie spice. (It’s true.)

BUT.

Pumpkin pie spice is still pretty fantastic. Especially if you have a freshly made blend. With fresh spices. It’ll make all the difference in your pumpkin pies and pumpkin (insert baked goods).

If you like this blend, try another one of my homemade spice blends!

More Homemade Spice Blends on Perry’s Plate

Again, make some Homemade Chai Spice and tell me it doesn’t change your life. Or at least your snickerdoodles.

If you’re into Indian cuisine, make your own Curry Powder or Garam Masala blends!

Taco seasoning is a fun one to make, too — my Homemade Taco Seasoning is a reader favorite and my newer one, Smoky Chipotle Taco Seasoning is another version with smoky flavors and a touch of heat.

Click over to the Homemade Spice Blends section of my site for more blends!


I’d love to hear what you think about this recipe! If you make it, be sure to tag me on social media so I can send you some love — @perrysplate or #perrysplate.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Yield: Scant 1/3 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you've been using the same jar of pumpkin pie spice since 1997, it's time for an upgrade. I'm wiling to bet you already have all of the ingredients! (Hopefully not since 1997. Heh.) Your pies and baked goods will taste so much better with fresh spices!

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the spices in a small lidded jar and shake well. Store at room temperature for about a year.

Notes

1. If you're feeling adventurous, try using freshly ground nutmeg! Nutmeg pods are easy to find and if you've got a microplane grater it's easy to grate some when you need it.

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