Pumpkin Pie Spice

If you like fall baking, you'll love having this homemade pumpkin pie spice in your kitchen. It adds cozy autumn flavor to muffins, pies, and more!

pumpkin pie spice

It’s pumpkin spice season! Though I’ll never be the kind of person who runs out to get a pumpkin spice latte on the first day of fall, I do enjoy a thick slice of pumpkin bread or a puffy pumpkin muffin at this time of year. When I make these cozy fall treats, I always use homemade pumpkin pie spice instead of buying a spice mix in a jar. Why?

Well, just like when I make my own Everything Bagel Seasoning, I can control the ratios of each component. I like my homemade pumpkin pie spice to be heavy on the cinnamon and ginger, with just a little kick from allspice and cloves. The makeup of store bought pumpkin spice blends varies, so I like that when I make my own, I know how much of each spice I’m using.

I love the balance of autumn spices in the pumpkin pie spice recipe below, but if you prefer more of one spice or less of another, feel free to play with it! Adjust the proportions to create a homemade pumpkin spice blend you love. Then, have fun adding it to baked goods, hot drinks, and more all season long.

Pumpkin pie spice recipe ingredients

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe Ingredients

This recipe is quick and easy to make! It only calls for 5 basic spices:

  • Cinnamon – My favorite warming spice! It makes up half of this spice blend.
  • Ground ginger – I love its fiery flavor with the cinnamon and other fall spices.
  • Ground nutmeg – One of my go-to spices for fall baking. It’s pungent, so I just use a small amount. I don’t want it to overpower the cinnamon and ginger!
  • Allspice and cloves – Like nutmeg, these guys are assertive, so you only need a little of each to add depth to your spice mix.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves in a small bowl

Combine the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves in a small bowl, and whisk to combine. That’s it! Store the spice blend in a lidded container or jar at room temperature. Like other spices, it will keep for up to a year, but it will lose its potency with time. Luckily, the quantity isn’t crazy here – about 1/4 cup – so you won’t have any trouble finishing it up in one season!

pumpkin spice

How to Use Pumpkin Spice

If you like fall baking, you’ll love having this homemade pumpkin pie spice in your kitchen. Instead of measuring out 2-4 different spices each time you make cookies, pancakes, muffins, or bread, you can just add this pumpkin spice! I call for it specifically in my Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Bars, but it would also be a great replacement for the spices in these recipes:

Use this pumpkin spice as a 1:1 replacement for whatever spices are in the recipe you’re making. For example, if a recipe calls for 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, you should substitute 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice.

Tired of pumpkin? No problem! I also love to use this cozy spice blend to season the apples in my Apple Crisp and to make Homemade Granola. It’s a great way to jazz up oatmeal or overnight oats for breakfast, too!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

More Favorite Fall Treats

If you love this easy recipe, try one of these cozy fall treats next:

For even more favorite fall recipes and dinner ideas, check out this post!

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Pumpkin Pie Spice

rate this recipe:
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves 8
If you like fall baking, you'll love having this pumpkin spice blend in your kitchen. It's delicious in muffins, pies, cookies, and more! Find specific recipe suggestions in the post above.


  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon allspice


  • In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
  • Use in Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Pie, or any of the suggestions listed in the blog post above.


5 from 1 vote

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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Ruthie

    Love this in coffee! It’s amazing!

  2. Diane

    5 stars
    Favorite pumpkin pie spice, thank you

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so happy to hear that!

  3. Grace

    Can I use this in coffee?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      you can!

  4. Darcy Harpel

    I love your cookbooks, your recipes, the story you tell of each dish, your blog, all of it! I went through intensive rehabilitation this year after having a stroke during surgery to remove a tumor; and through your cookbooks, I re-learned how to cook, rediscovered my love of baking, put my garden to good use, and fell in love with how my body felt eating plant-forward meals. My only request is I want another cookbook from you! 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      awww, you’re so sweet! I’m so so happy to hear that you’ve been loving the recipes so much!

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