Homemade Pumpkin Spice is a must for the Fall and Winter months. Everywhere you go, it is pumpkin spice this, pumpkin spice that. Well, now you can make your own to add to any recipe you want!


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice in a Measuring Spoon

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

Fall is my favorite time of year around here. The leaves are changing to beautiful colors, the temperatures are getting cooler, and it is the season of pumpkin spice! Ever since that coffee shop starting serving its Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Pumpkin Spice Bandwagon has been on a roll! As soon as one person posts about drinking a pumpkin spiced drink of some sort, Fall has officially begun. I am not complaining. I appreciate a pumpkin spiced beer once in a while!

Ingredients for Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipe

If you look up a recipe for pumpkin spice, I can almost guarantee that you will see allspice as an ingredient. You will notice in my Homemade Pumpkin Spice recipe that I did NOT use allspice in my ingredients. Allspice tastes just like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Three of my four ingredients for Homemade Pumpkin Spice are…wait for it…cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Imagine that! So really, adding allspice is a bit redundant. Just try it, and let me know that you agree with me😉.


  • Cinnamon: I like cinnamon, and I used quite a bit in this recipe. Plus, cinnamon has plenty of awesome health benefits! Most cinnamon is the Cassia variety, which you do need to watch how much you are consuming. If available, choose the Ceylon variety.
  • Nutmeg: Nutmeg is often used in pumpkin spiced food, so it makes sense to be included here.
  • Ginger
  • Cloves

Whisking together ingredients for Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Spice

Using the four ingredients, and trying really hard not to add a touch of allspice, measure each one and mix them all together in a bowl. Store your Homemade Pumpkin Spice in a sealed container, glass being best, and have it handy for all those pumpkin spice recipes!

Container of Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Looking for More Recipes to Use Pumpkin Spice?

Now that you have your Homemade Pumpkin Spice on hand, it’s time to use it in a recipe!

Pumpkin Crisp

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipe

Have your own Pumpkin Spice on hand to use for all your fall and holiday recipes!


  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


  • Measure ingredients into a bowl. Whisk together well and then store in an airtight container for easy use.

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Reader Comments

  1. I have made this, however, I get confused as to how much to use in a recipe that calls for these ingredients, separately. (ie. pumpkin pie).
    Any advice would be appreciated!

    1. Hi DeNiece- I wouldn’t use pumpkin spice in a recipe that calls for “nutmeg” or just “cinnamon”. If you are using homemade pumpkin spice instead of store-bought pumpkin spice, I would start with HALF the amount suggested. For instance, if the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon, I would start with 1/2 teaspoon of the homemade. The homemade tends to be much more flavorful!

  2. At one time, did you have a pound cake recipe using this spice? It didn’t have any pumpkin puree or mix or anything like that in it. I would swear I saw a recipe a few years ago like that with a link in the ingredients to this spice recipe…

  3. I love your blog!!! Keep them coming girl!. Fall is here, my favorite season,and I’m a baker too! And that’s actually how I found you. I was on my phone talking to a friend an said well I’m a baker. Then I went to Facebook and there you were. 😊 so yay us!!

  4. Allspice and cinnamon have their own individual flavor. They have never tasted the same. Which makes both unique when added together.

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