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5 simple spices is all it takes to make your own substitute for pumpkin pie spice. This DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice takes less than 5 minutes and is perfect for all your fall and holiday baking. Plus 4 free printable gift tags for holiday gifting.
So when you need a substitute for pumpkin pie spice, this one is much more economical than store bought pumpkin pie spice too. A small jar is anywhere from $3-5 each and you are out of it no time. This recipe makes 5 tablespoons for much less. Works great as a substitute for apple pie spice too!
I typically do not have pumpkin pie spice in my cabinet when I need it, it’s so easy to whip this up! And you can too!
Ingredients to make Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute
As I mentioned, just 5 simple spices you probably already have in your pantry!
- Ground Cinnamon | Ceylon and cassia cinnamon are the two cinnamons. Spicier, bolder cassia cinnamon (often labeled simply as cinnamon) is preferred for baking. With Ceylon being the more high quality spice. However; both are perfectly fine to use in this pumpkin spice recipe.
- Ground Ginger | Adds a bit of a bite to the spice mix, rounding out the sweeter spices.
- Ground Nutmeg | One of my favorite spices, often used in savory recipes too! Like this broccoli cheese soup!
- Ground Allspice | Contrary to what its name suggests, allspice isn’t a blend of other spices—it’s a unique ingredient that lends its distinctive flavor to fall desserts and savory dishes. Also known as Jamaica pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, or pimento, is the dried unripe berry of Pimenta dioica, a mid-canopy tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world.
- Ground Cloves | A personal favorite of mine, cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen also known as Syzygium aromaticum. You may know cloves as one of the main ingredients in gingerbread baked goods or a staple spice in Indian cuisine.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
It’s as easy as pie! Simply measure out the spices into a small bowl, whisk until blended. Sometimes the ginger can be clumpy, I used the end of my whisk to break part some of the larger clumps.
What is Pumpkin Spice?
It is a spice blend, simply to make adding to recipes a little easier. Most pumpkin spice blends include cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, others vary by adding spices such as allspice, cardamom, and cloves. I took all of my favorite warm spices and made this blend.
How Can I use this Spice Mix?
- Pumpkin Pie | Obvious! It’s the reason this spice blend was created, and I’m embarrassed that I don’t have a pumpkin pie recipe, soon, I promise!
- Savory Dishes | Try a sprinkle on top of cheese fondue, broccoli cheddar soup, cauliflower soup, in curry’s, Pumpkin Soup, and alfredo sauces, to name a few.
- Drinks | Try a sprinkle on top of warm cider, Hot Buttered Rum, Chai Latte or other fall inspired drinks!
- Baking | If a recipe calls for the majority of the ingredients in the pumpkin spice mix, you can substitute it one for one, just add up the total spices suggested and replace with equal amounts of pumpkin pie spice.
- Squash | sprinkle on top of yams, spaghetti squash, butternut and any and all types of summer and fall squash.
- Food Gifts | One of my favorite things to do! I love whipping some up, adding a pretty label (I’ve got 4 to choose from!) and gifting for a little hostess gift at this time of year. Also great for holiday gifting, you might also include your favorite pumpkin pie recipe or pumpkin cake.
Tell me how you will use your Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Free Printable Pumpkin Pie Spice Labels
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Suggested Supplies for Holiday Gifting
- Jar | Use any small pretty jar you have! These are a few of my favorites: Weck Tulip Jars, Mini Mason Jars, or Ball Spice Jars.
- Labels or Punch | Use either printer friendly round labels or my preference is to print on paper and use this 2″ round punch.
- Decoration | Kitchen Twine, Jute, or wire garland.
Recipes to use your pumpkin pie spice substitute:
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute
- Mini Mason Jars Round 4 oz – Small Canning Glass Jars with Lids – 16 Pack Cute Jars with 40 Labels & Chalk Marker, Clear Containers for your Candy, Jelly, Overnight Oats, Yogurt, Honey & Baby Food
- In a mixing bowl, measure out all spice ingredients. Whisk until combined, using bottom of whisk to break up any clumping spices.
- Store in airtight container, up to 6 months.
✱ Kathleen’s Tips
The Fresh Cooky is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.
About Kathleen Pope
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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.