DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice
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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!
In my opinion, it’s NEVER too early for Pumpkin Spice! I am (impatiently) counting down the days before the PSL returns to Starbucks and it’s perfectly acceptable to post pumpkin all the things.
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.
This pumpkin pie spice recipe is such a basic one and I couldn’t decide if I wanted to post it or not. I mean, you can buy pumpkin pie spice at the store, but I got to thinking that it’s important if you all have my favorite recipe.
In my years posting recipes, there are two types of bakers: the ones who buy individual spices and the ones who buy pumpkin pie spice. (I’m a weirdo that buys both.) What happens if you come across a recipe that calls for 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie 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 pumpkin pie spice. This recipe is my favorite, and the one I always use.
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 spices are in pumpkin pie spice?
You’ll often see conflicting reports on this, but these are the spices I put in my pumpkin pie spice:
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.
Let’s talk about ratios.
What ratio of spices to do you use to make pumpkin spice?
The most important ingredient in pumpkin pie spice is cinnamon, followed by ginger. Then I use equal amounts of nutmeg and allspice.
Here is the ratio of spices I use for pumpkin pie spice:
- 2 parts cinnamon
- 1 part ginger
- 1/4 part each nutmeg and allspice
From that ratio, you can create however much pumpkin pie spice you need. For example:
- If a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, you can use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1/8 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 pie 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.
Now you’re all ready for all my upcoming fall pumpkin spice recipes!
DIY PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
FOR ONE TEASPOON PUMPKIN PIE SPICE:
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
FOR A LARGE BATCH OF PUMPKIN PIE SPICE:
- 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.
Use Pumpkin Pie Spice in any of these recipes:
Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread has a pumpkin spice frosting too!
Pumpkin Spice Snowballs are a fall version of a holiday favorite!
Pumpkin Spice Popcorn is another way to have Pumpkin Spice!
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