Making Pumpkin Pie Spice Is So Easy, You'll Never Use Store-Bought Again

It's only five ingredients, and they're likely all in your pantry.

If you’re a fan of pumpkin spice lattes, muffins, and breads, you might have a bottle of pumpkin spice in your cabinet. But if you’re a superfan, you may want to consider making your own—to your personal specifications. Is there a pumpkin spice recipe? Why yes, there certainly is.

What’s in Pumpkin Pie Spice?

No actual pumpkin, funnily enough. Pumpkin pie spice is a combination of warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Like most spices, pumpkin pie spice is usually gluten-free (though always check the product’s label to make sure if gluten is a concern for you).

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

Active Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 tablespoons


  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

How to Make It

Step 1: Using a whisk, mix the spices together in a bowl.

Step 2: Using a funnel, transfer the mixture to a small jar. Seal the jar with a lid.

How to Personalize to Perfection

The best part of this recipe is that it's easy to adapt it to both your preferences and what you have on hand. Not a fan of allspice? Leave it out. Love ginger? Add more. You can even play with spices like cardamom and mace, which, though not commonly included in conventional pumpkin pie spice blends, make great additions. Feel free to play with the ingredients and measurements to make your own custom pumpkin pie spice blend.

What can you use as a pumpkin pie spice substitute? In a pinch, ground cinnamon makes a great substitute. Use a little nutmeg too, if you have it. Now, the only thing left to do is update your Instagram with your delicious pumpkin pie spice-scented sweets.

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