Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe (5 Spices-5 Mins)

Pumpkin Pie Spice in clear spice jar overturned on marble with pie in background with pumpkins and measuring spoons
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Posted On: October 10, 2016
Last updated: October 17th, 2023

Pumpkin Pie, an American classic, the crowned jewel of the Thanksgiving dessert table. The spices in a pumpkin pie spice mixture really make pumpkin pie or any other delicious pumpkin recipes what we know today as the guilty pleasures of pumpkin season. You either love or hate pumpkin pie, there is no in-between with this spiced up fall flavor. I’m a pumpkin pie lover for sure. I’ve always loved everything about pumpkin pie, but I think what really makes it great is the spice mixture. It’s that earthy, nutty, spicy flavor that attracts us pumpkin lovers every fall season. It’s easier than you think to make your own pumpkin pie spice and you probably have all the ingredients already in your spice rack.

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What’s in Pumpkin Pie Spice?

Just like the pie itself, pumpkin pie spice has many variations to it. I’ve seen 3 to 6 spice mixture variations with a varying amount of spices. My homemade spice blend is a 5 spice mixture of ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground allspice and ground cloves. Some homemade pumpkin spice recipes have a 6th spice added to the mix which is mace; the twin to nutmeg you could say. They come from the same seed so they have some similarities. I usually don’t have mace in my spice drawer, so that’s why I didn’t include it in this spice mixture. I think this mixture is great as is, and I want it to be easy for you all to put together with your own spices on hand. That’s why I decided to keep it this way for my own homemade pumpkin pie spice blend. Be sure to check expiration dates on your common spices though because the if they’ve long expires, your spices will just not have the same robust flavor.

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What is the Difference Between Pumpkin Pie Spice & Apple Pie Spice?

These two spice mixtures each have their own perfect blend of spices that make the pies the delicious guilty pleasures we know and love about each one. The only difference between these spice blends is cloves. Apple pie spice blends do not have cloves, but pumpkin pie spice does. Also, some, but not all apple pie spice blends have cardamom. For both spice blends the main ingredient is ground cinnamon, so technically, you could make your own spice mixes for both types of pies and just exclude cloves from the apple pie version. Just saying… There’s really no need in getting the pre-made version of with in the grocery store. You’ve probably got all those great warm spices right in your spice cabinet already.

Ways to Use Pumpkin Spice Mix

You can use pumpkin pie spice with pretty much any delicious pumpkin dessert recipe. Make a pumpkin spiced cake, pumpkin bars and of course a classic easy pumpkin pie. You name it, if it has pumpkin in it, it will most likely use the above spices to give those desserts that warm, cozy flavor we all know and love. I love to use it in the fall to start making my family pumpkin pie spice pancakes. They’re a big hit! Do you want to make your own pumpkin spice lattes at home? Well, you totally can with your own blend of these simple spices and it won’t cost you 5 plus bucks for a cup. You can even use it to make a pumpkin pie smoothie for a change.

Homemade Pupkin Pie Spice blend with spice spilled on marble and pumpkin pie above it with some fall leaves
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Keeping & Storing your Own Spice Blends

As with any homemade spice blend, be sure to store the seasoning mixes is small air-tight small jar, at room temperature, in a dry, dark place preferably. One year is a good rule of thumb to follow for homemade mixes, but again, it also depends on the expiration dates of the individual spices used in the mix. It’s not that your spice mix will be “bad” per se if it’s longer than a year, but it will lose it’s pungent smell and great flavor after a long time has passed.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix Ingredients

  • Cinnamon– This is the heaviest spice in the mix so you use a quality, robust cinnamon that isn’t old with faded flavor.
  • Ginger– Some people go heavier on the nutmeg than ginger, but I think this is what makes this spice mix stand out a little and gives it that warm subtle punch.
  • Nutmeg– Just like with other spices, make sure your nutmeg is robust still and not lacking in smell.
  • Allspice– fine ground
  • Cloves– fine ground

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe (5 Spices-5 Mins)

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice is the best blend for most pumpkin dishes, from a smoothie, pumpkin spice pancakes to traditional pumpkin pie.  It's easy to make on your own in a minute!
This recipe make 16 tsp (About 5.33 Tbsp) of Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert, Spice Mix
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 13 kcal


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


  • Mix all spices in a bowl or lidded container and stir or shake to combine.
  • Store in an airtight glass lidded container for 1 year for optimal freshness.


This pumpkin pie spice Blend good for 1 year in airtight container in cool, dry place. 

Nutrition Disclaimer:

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate based on a third party nutritional plugin. Different online calculators may give different results depending on their own sources. The estimates may also change based on the ingredients you use. If you have dietary restrictions and need to accurately calculate the nutrition of this recipe, Whole Made Living recommends consulting a professional nutritionist.


Serving: 2tspCalories: 13kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword gluten free, holiday spice mix, homemade seasoning, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin spice, spice
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