Pumpkin pie spice is the famous flavor in many of autumn treats, most notably the pumpkin spice latte. But what if you're making pumpkin pie, and realize you have no pumpkin pie spice in your pantry? Don't worry--it takes just 4 ingredients to make your own!
Pumpkin pie spice usually contains cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, with cinnamon being the dominant flavor. Sometimes, ground cloves are also added.
Anywhere from ½ to 2 teaspoons is a good amount. Most people use 1 ¾ teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice in their pumpkin pies.
Browned Butter Sauce (pour on pasta for a quick dinner)
Roasted Veggies (sweet potatoes, squash, carrots)
Nuts and Popcorn
Coffee (use it in a homemade PSL or add a couple pinches to regular coffee)
Whipped Cream (add before whipping the cream)
Cookies, Scones, or Quick Breads
How to Make
Measure out all four spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.
Pour the spices into a bowl.
Stir them together until well blended.
What if you don't have all the ingredients on hand to make this pumpkin pie spice? Don't worry; here are a few substitutions you can use.
- Simply use ground cinnamon instead of the pumpkin pie spice.
- If you have some nutmeg, mix together 2 parts ground cinnamon to 1 part ground nutmeg.
- Use the freshest spices you can. Old, stale spices won't have very much flavor, making your pumpkin pie spice bland.
- If you have the whole spices, grind them fresh yourself. Use a microplane grater for the nutmeg and cinnamon, and a mortar and pestle for the allspice. Grind frozen and dehydrated ginger in a blender or food processor to make your own ground ginger.
- Store the pumpkin pie spice in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, like a pantry or cupboard.
Let's mix up this pumpkin pie spice recipe and enjoy its autumn fragrance and flavor. In my opinion, you can never have too much pumpkin pie spice!
Recipes Using Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars: this classic Thanksgiving dessert in slab pie form couldn't be easier to make!
- How to Make a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte: make a Starbucks-quality PSL with real food ingredients.
- Easy Pumpkin Dinner Rolls for Thanksgiving: these fluffy, soft rolls can be made ahead.
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How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 8 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- Stir together the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice until well mixed.
- Put in an airtight container and store in a cupboard or pantry.
- It's key to use fresh spices for pumpkin pie spice. For optimal flavor, freshly grate the nutmeg with a microplane grater and grind allspice berries with a mortar and pestle.
- Store the spice blend in a cool, dry place, and use within 3 months for best taste.
This post was originally published on October 3, 2017.