This pumpkin pie spice mix is easy to make, perfectly spicy and fragrant. Use it in pumpkin pie, pumpkin desserts, or to top drinks. It’s just a mix of spices that are traditionally used in pumpkin pie and doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin. This recipe is great if you don’t have access to purchase pumpkin spice or already have all the ingredients at home.
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Why you will LOVE this recipe:
- Easy: Just combine the spices in their proportions, mix, and store in a jar.
- Flavorful: Flavorful and not too spicy. Adjust seasoning to your taste.
- The perfect topping: Sprinkle this on everything! Breakfast, drinks, and desserts.
What is pumpkin pie spice?
Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices typically used to flavor pumpkin pie. It's the perfect spice blend for pumpkin desserts. I also love to sprinkle it over my fall drinks like pumpkin spice lattes and hot chocolate. It doesn't have any sugar in it but actually ends up tasting sweet from the cinnamon.
This pumpkin spice whipped cream is also perfect for topping drinks and other pumpkin desserts.
How to get the best flavor
Check the expiry date of your spices. As spices sit, they lose their potency. Fresh spices will pack the most flavor.
Store the finished spice mix in an airtight container to prevent the spices from airing out.
Store in an airtight container and use within 2-3 years. To preserve optimum freshness, store in the freezer over the winter and summer.
You can adjust the flavors when you mix the spice mix together. Just try the spice mix, being careful not to breathe it in, and adjust to your taste. To make it spicier add more allspice, cloves, and ginger. For a softer nuttier flavor, add more nutmeg.
Chocolate pumpkin spice mix: Add ½ tablespoon cocoa powder and ½ tablespoon powdered sugar.
Full steps and ingredients in recipe card below. But read through these for all the tips you will need for success!
Cinnamon: Most of the flavour comes from cinnamon. It also gives a subtle sweetness.
Allspice: A berry that tastes like a mix between cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. If you can't find any, substitute with cloves.
Cloves: Gives the spice mix deep flavor notes. If you can't find cloves, substitute with allspice.
Nutmeg: Warm and nutty, helps mellow out the spice.
Ginger: Gives the spice mix a hint of warm spice.
Cardamom (optional): It's not a traditional addition but it just works. I love to add a bit of cardamom to my fall desserts!
Salt (optional): A touch of salt helps add depth.
Step by step
Step 1 - Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or jar. Mix well.
Step 2 - Transfer into a jar or airtight container. Use in recipes where it calls for pumpkin spice or as a topping.
Yes you can! Grind them in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder before measuring and mixing together.
Stored in an airtight container, it will stay good for 2-3 years. Keep in mind that it will lose its potency as time goes on.
No, it's not traditionally found in pumpkin spice mix. I added it for even more flavor but you don't need to.
Yes you can, add according to the recipe instructions.
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Pumpkin Pie Spice
- glass jar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon ground
- ½ teaspoon allspice ground
- ½ teaspoon cloves ground
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg ground
- 1 teaspoon ginger ground
- ½ teaspoon cardamom ground (optional)
- 1 pinch salt optional
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl or jar. Mix thoroughly to combine.2 tablespoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon allspice, ½ teaspoon cloves, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ginger, ½ teaspoon cardamom, 1 pinch salt
- Store in an airtight jar or container to preserve freshness. This spice mix makes the perfect festive fall gift!