Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is easy and inexpensive to make. This recipe is the perfect blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice for all your pumpkin desserts!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice in a glass jar with mini pumpkins and cinnamon sticks on the side.

What is pumpkin pie seasoning made of?

Sometimes I wonder why I have spent so much money buying the tiny little containers of pre-made pumpkin pie spice when I usually have all the ingredients on hand to make my own.

If you’ve got a drawer or cupboard full of spices like I do, chances are you have everything you need to make your own pumpkin pie spice mix at home.

Pumpkin Pie Spice is a combination of warm spices, namely cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.

Ingredients for homemade mccormick pumpkin pie spice: ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and ground allspice.

The best part about skipping the store-bought jar is that the amounts can be tweaked to the combination of your choice.

Save yourselves some money, and possibly even a trip to the store if you have everything at home, and make your own DIY pumpkin pie spice.

McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice

The small McCormick jar from the store has about 3 Tablespoons in it. I almost always use 2 Tablespoons in my favorite pumpkin recipes. So I am spending like $4-$6(+) or so each time I use that spice, when it’s mostly just cinnamon, which is pretty cheap.

Well, not anymore! I am so glad I am over that stupidity and on to making my own blend.

The only difference between McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice and mine, is that I add cloves. If you don’t like cloves, then leave it out, but it really adds a pop of flavor. It’s a part of the spices that you love and expect from fall and holiday baking, but I understand that everyone has different tastes.

Generally, you can increase the cloves and ginger for a sharper, more robust flavor, or go light on those spices and increase the cinnamon, for a softer hint of spice.

What can be used instead of pumpkin pie spice?

If you’ve found yourself in the middle of fall baking and you’ve run out of pumpkin pie spice, substitute it with this homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe:

  • 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
Ingredients on a plate for pumpkin pie spice recipe: ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and ground allspice.

How to make Pumpkin Pie Spice

Making pumpkin pie spice is as easy as stirring, shaking, or blending the spices together. You can either:

  • Measure cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice into a bowl and stir it all together with a whisk.
  • Throw all the ingredients in a jar and give it a good shake.
  • Pulse all the spices together in the food processor to freshen them up. (This is great trick if your spices have been sitting in the cupboard for a while. It helps wake them up a bit. )

Store homemade pumpkin pie spice in a small jar or airtight container.

How long will pumpkin pie spice last?

Most spices last 2-3 years if stored in a cool, dark cupboard, away from direct heat or sunlight. Keep spices tightly closed when not in use.

Depending on how old your spices are when you make this pumpkin pie spice will determine how long it will last.

How do you know if spices are still good? Generally spices don’t “go bad” if stored properly, but they do lose their scent and flavor over time. Crush or rub a small amount in the palm of your hand. If the scent of your spices are weak and the flavor is lackluster, it’s probably a good time to replace them.

Closeup of a jar of DIY pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin Spice Desserts

Now that you know how to make your own spice mix, it’s time to make all the pumpkin desserts. Here are some of our favorites:

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice in a glass jar with mini pumpkins and cinnamon sticks on the side.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 5 + Tablespoons

A warm blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice for your pumpkin desserts.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground allspice

Instructions

Use ONE of these three methods to make pumpkin pie spice:

  1. Measure cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice into a bowl and stir it all together with a whisk.
  2. Throw all the ingredients in a jar and give it a good shake.
  3. Pulse all the spices together in the food processor to freshen them up.

Store homemade pumpkin pie spice in a small jar or airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Notes

    • Using a food processor is great trick if your spices have been sitting in the cupboard for a while. It helps wake them up a bit.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix, and is an estimation only.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

*Originally published 10/4/12.