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Have you ever wondered how to make your own pumpkin pie spice? This easy DIY recipe is perfect for making a homemade pumpkin spice mix.

This is the perfect pumpkin pie spice substitute – I keep it in a jar to use all season long!

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Table of Contents
  1. Substitute for Pumpkin Pie Spice
  2. What is in pumpkin pie spice?
  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute
  4. How to Store Homemade Pumpkin Spice
  5. How to use your homemade spice:

Substitute for Pumpkin Pie Spice

It’s NEVER too early for Pumpkin Spice; in fact, I love having it all year long. Hello Snickerdoodles in March!

I know some of you might be screaming NO NOT YET but for me, pumpkin signifies school, cooler temps, and my favorite season of the year.

Have you ever wondered what to use if you don’t have pumpkin spice and a recipe calls for it?

This pumpkin pie spice recipe is such a basic one and it’s one that comes in handy this time of year. It will help you whenever you’re making a recipe that calls for the mixed spice but not individual ones.

In my years posting recipes, there are two types of bakers: the ones who buy individual spices and the ones who buy the spice. (I’m a weirdo that buys both.) What happens if you come across a recipe that calls for 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice but you only have ginger, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg? How much of each should you use?

Or, alternately, if a recipe calls for all sorts of different spices, can you substitute pumpkin pie spice? Yes you can!

There are lots of different recipes and ratios out there for this recipe. This recipe is my favorite, and the one I always use.

Glass full of Spices on a counter

It’s easy to make and store, so if you happen to be able to buy spices in bulk, go for it. Or, just use my ratio to be able to substitute spices for pumpkin spice or vice versa.

What is in pumpkin pie spice?

You’ll often see conflicting reports on this, but these are the spices I put in my pumpkin spice:

  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice

Sometimes you’ll see cloves instead of allspice but I absolutely love allspice in pumpkin (and gingerbread) treats. Allspice smells like fall and the holidays to me, so it wouldn’t be a pumpkin pie or dessert without it.

(Also, allspice is not the same as pumpkin pie spice, so don’t get them confused. Allspice is its own thing!)

Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

Let’s talk about ratios.

The most important ingredient is cinnamon, followed by ginger. Then I use equal amounts of nutmeg and allspice.

Here is the ratio of spices I use for pumpkin spice:

  • 2 parts cinnamon
  • 1 part ginger
  • 1/4 part each nutmeg and allspice

From that ratio, you can create however much you need. For example:

  • If a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice, you can use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon each nutmeg and allspice.
  • If you want 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice, use 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon each nutmeg and allspice.
  • If you’re making a big batch to store, you can use 2 cups cinnamon, 1 cup ginger, and 1/4 cup each nutmeg and allspice.

If you’re going the other route, as in, a recipe calls for individual spices and you only have pumpkin spice, look at how much cinnamon is called for. If it’s 1 teaspoon, then use about 1 1/2  to 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, etc.

Different spices used for Pumpkin Pie on a counter

How to Store Homemade Pumpkin Spice

If you’re making this in bulk just add it to a jar and keep it in a cabinet for up to a year. Spices last awhile – be sure to check the dates on the spices you use to make it to make sure they’re fresh when you start.

How to use your homemade spice:

Now you’re all ready for all my upcoming fall pumpkin spice recipes!

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Have you ever wondered how to make your own pumpkin pie spice? This easy DIY recipe is perfect for making a homemade pumpkin spice mix. Next time a recipe calls for pumpkin spice you can make your own using this recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 2 cups
Serving Size 1 teaspoon



  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice


  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup ground allspice


  • If you’re making a small batch for one recipe, just add all ingredients to whatever you’re making.
  • To make enough to save and store, mix large batch ingredients in a jar. Stir to combine, seal and store in a cool, dry place for up to 4 months.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 9g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 10.8mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword spices

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Learn how to make Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice! This recipe shows you how to make 1 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon and a big batch to store. This is the perfect DIY pumpkin spice recipe.

Last Updated on September 1, 2022

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  1. Hey I was just wondering if there was any spice that would be a good substitute for ginger? I have a very good friend who is allergic but absolutely loves pumpkin spice. I want to make them some pumpkin spice scones for Thanksgiving but I can’t use ginger!

  2. can we also substitute ground cloves addition to these ingredients?? if yes, at what ratio? btw i searched on the int like one hour to find the most truthful ratio about the pumpkin spice cause i am obsessed with spices esp the ones for desserts like apple pie/gingerbread/pumpkin pie etc. and find this site love it so much, the treats are so close to me, thanks for these beautiful recipes <3

  3. I’m so ready for a pumpkin spice latte!! It’s never too early for pumpkin recipes in my opinion so bring them on!!!