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Pumpkin pie spice recipe (only 5 ingredients) + how to use it

23 October 2019

Pumpkin pie spice is a very popular spice mix that you can use to make many delicious desserts. It’s very easy to make at home, it consists of only 5 ingredients that are easy to get and probably already in your pantry. Homemade pumpkin pie spice is cheaper than the store-bought and has much better flavor (especially if you ground your spices) not to mention that you know what goes in it.

pumpkin pie spice in a small jar, pumpkin, spices and fall leaves in the background

What goes into pumpkin pie spice:

Pumpkin pie spice consists of only 5 spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Cinnamon flavor is most pronounced.

What ratio of spices is best:

The most important spice is cinnamon, it adds warmth and slightly sweet flavor. I’m adding 3 tablespoons of cinnamon to my mix. Then I’m adding all the other spices in similar but much smaller amounts, 2 teaspoons each.

pumpkin pie spice ingredients on a small plate

How to make homemade pumpkin pie spice:

  1. Measure out the spices.
  2. Mix the spices together.
  3. Store in a tightly-closed container, away from light and heat sources.

-> For the best flavor ground the spices yourself. You can do it using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder. The spice mix made this way is so flavorful, really amazing.
-> Don’t make big batches dough, spices lose their flavor quickly so it’s better to make a new batch than to use a flavorless one.
-> You can omit these spices that you don’t have on hand, except cinnamon. You can also change the spice ratios to your liking.

Pumpkin pie spice uses:

  • Anywhere you would add cinnamon.
  • You can spice up your oatmeal, yogurt or latte.
  • It’s often added to pies, quick breads, cookies, and cakes.
  • Homemade pumpkin pie spice makes also a great gift. You can put it in small decorative jars and use homemade labels.

Recipes with pumpkin pie spice:

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FAQ:

What is the difference between pumpkin pie spice and gingerbread spice mix?

The difference between these two spice mixes is not significant. Pumpkin pie spice is rather cinnamon heavy and mildly spiced, and the gingerbread spice mix is more balanced, it also contains more spices like cardamom, coriander, star anise, making it more ‘Christmassy’.

What is the difference between apple pie spice vs pumpkin pie spice?

Both spices are heavy on the cinnamon. Pumpkin pie spice consists of 5 spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice but apple pie spice of only 3: cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

Can I substitute pumpkin pie spice for apple pie spice?

Yes, you can, they taste very similar.

Pumpkin pie spice substitute:

You can substitute pumpkin pie spice with cinnamon and just add any spices, that are on the ingredients list, that you have on hand. You can also substitute it with gingerbread spice mix or apple pie spice.

Pumpkin pie spice recipe (only 5 simple ingredients) + how to use it

Pumpkin pie spice is very easy to make at home, it consists of only 5 ingredients that are easy to get and probably already in your pantry. It’s also cheaper that the store-bought.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 tablespoons
Calories 110kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice

Instructions

  • Measure out the spices.
  • Mix the spices together.
  • Store in a tightly-closed container, away from light and heat sources.

Notes

  • You can omit these spices that you don’t have on hand, except cinnamon. You can also change the spice ratios to your liking.
  • Spice mix made from freshly grounded spices is much more flavorful. You can grind the spices using a pestle and mortar or a coffee grinder.
  • Pumpkin pie spice substitute: substitute with cinnamon and just add any spices, that are on the ingredients list, that you have on hand. You can also substitute it with gingerbread spice mix or apple pie spice.

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal
Course spice mix
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin pie spice recipe, pumpkin spice

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