Apple Pie Spice

Why buy apple pie spice in a jar when you have all the ingredients to make it at home? This cozy autumn spice blend is delicious in crisps, pies, and more.

Apple pie spice

The other week, I mixed up a big batch of this apple pie spice to make my baked apple recipe. I purposely made more than I needed, figuring it’d be handy to have around throughout the fall, but when I got done, I wondered if I’d made a mistake. I had…quite a bit of apple pie spice. Would I ever use it up?

As it turns out, I had no reason to worry, because this apple pie spice is delicious in so many things. You can use it in pie, yes, but also in crisps, coffee, oatmeal, and more. I even like to sprinkle it over apple slices for a snack! If you love warm, cozy fall flavors as much as I do, you need this apple pie spice in your pantry this season.

Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and apples

Apple Pie Spice Recipe Ingredients

Homemade apple pie spice might sound fancy, but don’t worry – it’s amazingly simple to make. If I had to guess, I’d say that you have all the ingredients in your pantry already! You only need 4 ground spices:

  • Cinnamon,
  • ginger,
  • nutmeg,
  • and cardamom.

I go heavy on the ground cinnamon and light on the ground nutmeg and cardamom, as these spices have more assertive flavors. You only need a small amount to add depth to your apple spice mix.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom in small bowl with spoon

How to Use Apple Pie Spice

Mix the ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom together, and store the spice blend in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it. It won’t go bad, but ground spices do lose their potency over time. For that reason, I recommend finishing off the spice mix within a single season.

Luckily, that won’t be hard to do. There are so many ways to use it! Here are a few of my favorites:

How do you like to use this homemade spice blend? Let me know in the comments!

Apple Pie Spice Recipe

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Apple Pie Spice

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5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves 8
This easy homemade apple pie spice is perfect for fall baking! Use it in favorite apple recipes like pies, crisps, and crumbles, or try one of the suggestions in the post above.


  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom


  • In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom.
  • Use in the recipes suggested in the blog post above.


Makes a heaping 1/4 cup.
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