Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Welcome to 52 Kitchen Adventures, your source for creative & delicious desserts! See my Recipe Index for more. Don't want to miss another recipe? Subscribe via RSS or email.

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 Responses to “Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice”
  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) writes:

    Pumpkin pie spice is the best! Great idea to make your own and always have it on hand!
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) recently posted cookie butter streusel cake: a guest post at Savory Simple

  2. Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. writes:

    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.
    Christina @ Be Mindful. Be Human. recently posted Khmer Pork Ginger Rice Soup

  3. Leah @ Whitefoot Blog writes:

    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!
    Leah @ Whitefoot Blog recently posted Leah Likes

  4. kristy @ the wicked noodle writes:

    I like toasting mine before popping it into the jar, too! Looks like a great combo, Steph!
    kristy @ the wicked noodle recently posted WIN PASSES TO METRO COOKING DC {VALUED AT $100 EACH!!}

  5. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife writes:

    I use a lot of pumpkin spice this time a year. My husband loves anything that is pumpkin flavored! Thanks for the Recipe!
    Angie @ Big Bear’s Wife recently posted Sausage Gravy and Biscuits #SundaySupper

  6. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting | 52 Kitchen Adventures writes:

    […] to 1 tablespoon. And don’t forget – if you find yourself out of pumpkin pie spice, make your own out of spices you probably already have in your […]

  7. HELEN writes:

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

  8. Soft Pumpkin Spice Cookies | 52 Kitchen Adventures writes:

    […] I was working on finding the right balance of spices for my homemade pumpkin pie spice, I needed to make something to test out different versions of it. I made some oatmeal pumpkin […]

  9. Kate Insley writes:

    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?

  10. 30 Homemade Edible Gifts - 52 Kitchen Adventures | 52 Kitchen Adventures writes:

    […] Pumpkin pie spice from 52 Kitchen Adventures […]

Leave a Reply