How To Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

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It’s that time of year! Pumpkin Season 🎃🍁🍂

Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin pie spice blend. You only need a few ingredients to make this homemade pumpkin spice blend! 

Then, you can use it for your favorite pumpkin desserts, like pumpkin pie or the beloved pumpkin spice latte.

This spice mix is reverse-engineered from my Grandma Sisson’s pumpkin pie recipe. Her pie always had the most amazing pumpkin spice flavor. I thought, why save that fantastic pumpkin spice flavor for just one pie?

I make a batch of her homemade spices blend and use it in all my favorite pumpkin recipes. You can make a batch of pumpkin spice blend for your holiday baking and then have some left over for the rest of the year.

What You’ll Love About This Recipe

  • Better than the store-bought version.
  • Making your own spice blends is a great way to save money. 
  • This pumpkin spice recipe is made with simple spices in your spice cabinet.
pumpkin pie spice in a spice jar

Pumpkin Pie Spice

The most important thing about making your own spice blends is getting the highest quality spices you can find. I like to order mine in bulk. I have three favorite spice sources that are all great! 

I’m obsessed with creating my custom spice blends, so I order a lot of spices from these places. Click below for links to retailers:

What Are Pumpkin Pie Spices? 

What is pumpkin spice made of? There are a lot of different versions on the internet, but I’m in love with this one. 

It has that classic cinnamon-ginger-nutmeg combo that is so comforting on cold days.


Here is what you’ll need to make your own spice blend.

  • Ground Cinnamon: I like to use cassia or ceylon cinnamon. It has a wonderfully sweet and aromatic flavor that is delicious in this spice blend and hot cocoa. Try adding 1/2 teaspoon to your morning coffee if you’re feeling festive.
  • Ginger Root Powder: Ginger adds spicy zing to all your favorite fall recipes. This is fabulous in apple pie spice, too.
  • Clove Powder: Cloves are warm and aromatic. Whole cloves are used in recipes like mulled wine and cider. Clove powder is used in a wide range of baked goods. 
  • Nutmeg Powder: Fresh ground nutmeg is divine. But high-quality nutmeg powder is second best. Nutmeg is another warming spice commonly seen in beverages and fall baking. 
  • Allspice Powder (optional): I leave allspice out of this recipe, but nutmeg and allspice is a common spice combination that will work fine as a pumpkin pie spice substitute if that’s what you’ve got. I leave it up to you if you want to include it in your blend. 

Special Equipment

There are just a few things that you should have on hand when you start making homemade spice blends regularly. 

How To Make Pumpkin Spice

Start by making sure that all of your individual spices are still good. Generally, ground spices are good for 3 to 6 years. To test them, you can pinch a small amount and rub a little between your fingertips. Smell them; if they still have a strong aroma, they are probably good to go. 

  1. Measure the spices into a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk to blend and then store in an airtight container. A small jar is perfect for storing homemade spice blends. 

I love these spice jars from Gneiss. They have magnetic tops and can be attached to a metal surface. I installed plate metal on the inside of my cabinets and attached all my spices. It’s a good use of the cabinet door. 

How Much Pumpkin Spice To Use

Most recipes that use pumpkin pie spice call for about 2 teaspoons. Of course, you can adjust the amount of pumpkin spice to your individual taste. 

Things you can make with pumpkin pie spice

If you love all things pumpkin spice, then happy fall! You are sure to find a favorite pumpkin treat right here. We have a collection of pumpkin desserts and a few savory dishes as well. 

Beyond the classic pumpkin pie, I have a few recipes for cookies with pumpkin spice and my favorite pumpkin donut recipe.

Other Spice Recipes That You’ll Love

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend (DIY)

Learn how to make your own homemade pumpkin pie spice blend. You only need four ingredients to make this super easy recipe! Then you can use if for all of your favorite fall pumpkin recipes, like pumpkin pie or that next pumpkin latte.
This recipe makes about 1 cup of pumpkin pie spice. I usually make a huge batch for holiday baking and then have some left over for the rest of the year. Feel free to halve the recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Spice Mix
Cuisine American
Servings 50 teaspoon servings
Calories 7 kcal




  • Mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container.



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Calories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pumpkin pie spice, Spice Mix
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