How to make homemade pumpkin pie spice with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Perfect for fall baking!

Somehow I have never shared my homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe… even though I have a ton of recipes that include pumpkin pie spice. Obviously you can buy pumpkin pie spice at most grocery stores, but it’s super easy to whip up. You might even have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now!

Glass jar filled with homemade pumpkin pie spice.

This recipe makes 3 Tablespoons. I felt like this was a good amount and gives you enough for a couple pumpkin recipes. Of course you can always double or even triple the recipe if you need a bigger batch.

Between this recipe and my blackened seasoning recipe, I feel like I need to make a spice blend series! Are you a fan of making your own spice blends?

Spices in small glass bowls, a measuring spoon, and two sticks of cinnamon.

What is Pumpkin Pie Spice Made Of?

Pumpkin pie spice is a mixture of the following dried spices:

  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground cloves
  • ground nutmeg

Some recipes also include allspice and/or cardamom in the mixture, but these are optional. See my note in the recipe below.

What Can You Use Instead of Pumpkin Pie Spice?

One easy substitute for pumpkin pie spice is apple pie spice. Apple pie spice has a similar spice profile, namely cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and allspice. The only additional spice that is missing from apple pie spice is ground cloves so if you use apple pie spice instead of pumpkin pie spice, you could add a little ground clove to the recipe if you’d like!

If you’re really in a pinch, you could try a different combination of the spice blend above, but know it might not taste exactly the same… obviously!

Small glass jar with pumpkin pie spice on a wood board and next to two sticks of cinnamon.

Recipes With Pumpkin Pie Spice

Now that you’ve got this yummy spice blend, I won’t leave you hanging! Here are delicious pumpkin recipes to try out with your new pumpkin spice recipe:

If you make this pumpkin pie spice blend, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Small glass jar with pumpkin pie spice on a wood board and next to two sticks of cinnamon.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 Tablespoons


Homemade pumpkin pie spice with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. This blend is perfect for fall baking!


  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon 
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves 
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Stir together cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg if using. Place spice blend in a sealed jar for up to six months and use in recipes that call for pumpkin pie spice.


  • Some pumpkin pie spice blends have allspice and ground cardamom as well. If you want to add these to this recipe, simply add 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice and 1/8 teaspoon cardamom to the mixture.
  • Category: Spice
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin pie spice

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  1. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing! So many recipes I see call for pumpkin pie spice, but it can be expensive in stores, but this version is so much easier and contains spices I already have on hand in my pantry!

    • I’m so happy to hear that this recipe is helpful for you, Melissa! I really appreciate you taking the time to come back and leave a comment and star rating on this recipe. Your feedback is super helpful!

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