Apple Pie Spice is a spice blend that is easily made from spices you probably already have on hand! It’s a must-have spice for all your fall and winter recipes like my Apple Crisp Cheesecake!

Homemade Apple Pie Spice in a Jar with lid off to side.

Apple Pie Spice

The fall season is officially upon us! That means cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors, crisp air, and apples! This is a wonderful homemade blend to have on hand in addition to making fantastic gifts for friends and family.

Ingredients for Homemade Apple Pie Spice.

Easy Apple Pie Spice

With just five spices, you will have your own homemade blend to have on hand all year round, not just in the fall! It’s easy to forget about this spice because pumpkin pie spice gets all the attention. You can use this homemade blend in my apple turnovers, apple cider muffins, fried apple spice cake sticks, or any of your favorite apple recipes!

Difference Between Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie Spice

The main difference is that Apple Pie Spice contains cardamom and all-spice while pumpkin pie spice does not. Pumpkin Pie Spice has cloves, apple pie spice doesn’t.

Ingredients for Homemade Apple Pie Spice on a Plate.

Homemade vs. Store-Bought

Homemade spice blends can be more flavorful and powerful than the store-bought version. I recommend starting with HALF the amount called for when using the homemade version.

For instance, if a recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of apple pie spice, add 1 teaspoon of the homemade apple pie spice. Taste test as you go. A little extra spice won’t be a bad thing, but you don’t want the star ingredient (such as apples) to be overpowered.

How Long do Spice Blends Last?

Typically they last the life of the ingredients, which is about 1-2 years after they are opened. This recipe makes about 1/4 cup, so should last that time unless you bake frequently.

Spoonful of Homemade Apple Pie Spice.

How to Tell if Spices Are Still Good

If the spice blend you made is under 2 years old, chances are it’s ok. The spices should be bright and should be quite fragrant. A good trick to know is that if you can’t smell a spice, you won’t be able to taste it either. If your spices are dull-looking and odorless, time to toss them.

How to Store Apple Pie Spice

Store your homemade spice in a sealed container, glass being best, and be sure to label and date it. Spice blends should not be refrigerated, they are best stored in a cool dry pantry.

Recipes Perfect for Apple Pie Spice

5 from 2 votes

Apple Pie Spice

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
With apple season upon us, it's time to fall into all the tasty apple recipes!


  • ¼ cup (31 g) ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom


  • In a small bowl mix together all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

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