Beyond cooler weather, shorter days, and football games, the arrival of fall means apples, pumpkins, and a host of other delicious fall fruits and vegetables.  I find myself baking more and enjoying the spicy, sweet aromas that waft out of the oven.

Many of the seasonal recipes we enjoy call for pumpkin pie spice.  Years ago, when I began buying my spices from a vendor at our local farmers market, I noticed what he did when I requested pumpkin pie spice:  he simply dumped a little cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice onto his old-fashioned scale.

Of course, I knew that pumpkin pie spice was a blend of these spices–some people may use cloves instead of nutmeg–but it suddenly occurred to me that I could do this at home with the spices I already had in my cupboard!  Moreover, I could adjust to the proportions I really liked.

Recipes using this spice blend include the following:

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Yield: recipe will fill a short (1-ounce) spice jar; double the recipe to fill a tall (2-ounce) jar

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Use this spice blend for any recipe calling for pumpkin pie spice. Beyond muffins, quick breads, and pies, try this flavorful mix sprinkled on oatmeal, applesauce, or even cappuccino.

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/2 tablespoon) ground nutmeg (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/2 tablespoon) ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Store in air tight container and use wherever pumpkin pie spice is called for.


If possible, freshly grating the nutmeg will provide an extra flavor boost. While this recipe is a great way to “clean out” your spice cabinet, fresh spices will yield the most flavor.