Pumpkin Pie Spice


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Pumpkin Pie Spice in a small white ramekin

Pumpkin Pie Spice can be used in more than just pie! Learn how to make this unique, savory spice mix that is great in quick breads, cookies, cake, and many other baked goods this time of year.

Do you have an old container of pumpkin pie spice hiding in the back of your pantry? I’ll wait here while you take a peek….

Maybe you found two old containers of pumpkin pie spice…or three*? 

Odds are pretty good that if it’s been hiding in the back of your pantry since last fall, it’s lost most of that zippy, spicy flavor that you find in other pumpkin-spiced things. Think of that big rush of flavor that comes from a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Now that’s pumpkin spice. It’s not a spice you want to skimp on this time of year. Do your fall baked goods a favor, and mix up your own batch of pumpkin pie spice this year – you’ll notice the difference!

(*P.S. That’s me raising my hand. I found three old containers of pumpkin pie spice hiding in my baking cabinet before I made my own this year.)

Ingredients in Pumpkin Pie Spice

The main ingredient in pumpkin pie spice is ground cinnamon. Smaller amounts of ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, and ground cloves give it the unique spiced flavor that is familiar in so many fall baked goods.

Pumpkin Pie Spice in a wooden bowl

Ways to Use Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • Pumpkin Spice Trifle – This delicious, beautiful dessert will have you and your guests asking for a second helping. The moist, flavorful cake is complemented perfectly with the pumpkin filling, whipped cream and Heath toffee bits.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites – Throughout the fall season, I take these bite-sized cheesecakes that are blended in a food processor and baked in a mini muffin tin to gatherings of family and friends. They’re always a hit and disappear fast! 
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cake – Baked in an 8”x8” square baking pan, this lightly sweet cake makes just enough to enjoy after dinner and have a few extra slices for snack the next day.
  • Pumpkin Bread Truffles – I’ve been guilty of baking an entire loaf of pumpkin bread for the sole purpose of rolling the bread into these little truffles and dipping them in chocolate.  
  • Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – This is a recipe from way back in the archives that needs to be brought back. Pumpkin butter in the mix makes these cookies chewy and soft and full of great pumpkin flavor.

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Pumpkin Pie Spice

Just five ground spices are all you need to make your own batch of Pumpkin Pie Spice. Made from scratch this easy spice blend has far more flavor than the pre-mixed variety you can buy from the store.
This recipe makes 3 Tbsp which is enough to bake 2 to 3 fall recipes in a season. (Use the slider next to “servings” below to customize.)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 oz Mason Jars


  • 2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves


  • Combine all ingredients in an airtight container. Spice blends will taste best if used within 6 months (but most can be safely stored in a cool, dry place for up to a year).


Storage: A glass or plastic container saved from store-bought spices works great for storing your own spice blends. I have been using 4-oz mason jars for all of my spices and seasoning blends for nearly a decade. It’s inexpensive and looks super organized.


Calories: 15kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $.50
Calories: 15
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About Jess Smith

Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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