Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

When was the last time you looked through your spices? You know those barely used bottles that pile up in the back of the cabinet, long forgotten? Go look – I bet one of those is pumpkin pie spice. And it’s probably 2 years past its expiration date.

That’s what I discovered recently in my spice cabinet. As you know, I’ve been doing lots of pumpkin and fall baking, so good pumpkin pie spice is a necessity. Luckily, it’s incredibly simple to make homemade pumpkin pie spice, and you probably have the ingredients already in your pantry!

I tried out a few different recipes and tweaked them until I got the combination I liked. This is one of those recipes you can and should change around until you find the balance of ingredients that you like. You can add an extra pinch of cloves if you love that flavor, or skip cardamom if you don’t have any on hand. Make it your own!

All you do is put all the ingredients in a container, close it, and shake ’em up. (Or just stir them together, but that’s no fun.) Pour them into an old spice jar or a spare resealable container and boom! You’ve got fresh pumpkin pie spice anytime you need it. I’d bookmark or pin this now – you know you’ll need it during the holidays.

The recipe below is for a small amount (enough to bake into for one or two recipes) but you can easily double, triple, or more to fill up a jar and keep on hand. I love sprinkling this in my morning oatmeal or coffee.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Yield: Around 4 teaspoons


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg (or 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg)
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • Pinch of cardamom (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small, sealable container.
  2. Shake (or stir) until well combined.
  3. Store in a sealed jar in a cool, dark place.


10 Comments on Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

  1. Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human.
    October 11, 2012 at 9:21 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks for the recipe Stephanie! Been looking for a pumpkin spice recipe. I was looking in the store for pre-made pumpkin spice and they are so expensive. Can’t wait to make this.
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  2. Leah @ Whitefoot Blog
    October 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking to try pumpkin baking for the first time and was wondering about pumpkin pie spice recipes. This should definitely beat store-bought!
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  3. HELEN
    October 22, 2012 at 1:23 am (10 years ago)

    I’m definitely bookmarking this, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Kate Insley
    October 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm (10 years ago)

    can fresh ginger be used? how long would it store? I am not sure I can find ground ginger (I live on a small island off the coast of Honduras), but I can always get fresh ginger, just wondering if it would work and?


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