How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice

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Pumpkin spice, also known as pumpkin pie spice, is a fall staple used in all kinds of seasonal baked goods. It’s not only a key ingredient in pumpkin pie but also in favorites like sweetbreads, cakes, cookies, muffins and more.

If you do a lot of baking, you probably already know that a 2-ounce jar of pumpkin spice can sell for as much as $6 or $7 at the grocery store. But did you know that pumpkin spice is actually just a blend of common kitchen spices? In fact, you can easily make your own using ingredients you probably already have on hand in your spice cabinet. Follow the simple steps below to learn how to make our own large batch of pumpkin spice for all your homemade treats this season in less than 5 minutes.

What You’ll Need

  • Airtight container
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves


Add all spices to a small bowl and stir to combine. Then transfer the spice blend to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place for up to six months. (The mixture will keep for up to a year, but fresh spices will have the best flavor.)

Following this method will make 1/4 cup of pumpkin pie spice. If you do a lot of seasonal baking throughout the fall and winter, you may want to double or triple the recipe to make enough spice to last all season long.

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How to Use Pumpkin Spice

Try out your homemade spice blend in a few of these delicious recipes:

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