Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice


There’s that very popular saying, “Don’t go to the grocery store hungry.” I personally LOVE going to the grocery store hungry. I act like a hunter in the wild. I’m focused, assertive and efficient. I want my food, I want it now, and then I wanna go home so I can cook it and eat it. Super simple. Life is easy. Now let’s watch some more Felicity.

But if I venture into the grocery store when I’m not hungry and have no where to be, OMG am I a mess. I mosey. Yes, I mosey. I inspect new-to-me products, check out the ingredients, read the stories of how they got their start, and many times get all emotionally involved, like, Aww they got their start making granola out of their barn in the back and look at them now! Cute!

I take food pics of fun produce I find. And sometimes I compare my nail polish color to seasonal produce and Instagram about it. This stuff just happens.

A few nights ago I went to the grocery store with no focus. At the end of hour one, I was there with an empty basket just staring blankly at the spice section. I spotted “apple pie spice” and “pumpkin pie spice.” And they were selling them for $6?! Yes, $6.

I don’t typically use pumpkin pie spice, though I do know a lot of recipes call for it. And if you’re making a pumpkin pie, throw it in the puree, it’s bound to be delicious!

Pumpkin pie spice is just a of Fall-like spices thrown into a jar. There’s cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and a pinch of cardamom.

Add a teaspoon or two to some pancakes. Add a teaspoon to some biscuits. Throw a few pinches into your morning oatmeal. It’ll be delicious.

P.S. I really want to go back to the grocery store to find out the difference between apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice. Like, maybe no cardamom or ginger?! Or maybe! there’s no difference at all and it’s the biggest scam since Bernie Madoff. Who knows.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Print this recipe!

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon cardamom

1. Mix together the spices. Put it in an airtight jar. That’s all!

Yields 3 tablespoons

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  • Reply Angela October 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I was going to say that apple pie spice doesn’t have ginger cause I used it in a recipe that called for pumpkin pie spice and thought when I realized, “oh no, what about the ginger?!” I couldn’t tell in the finished product. I am glad you posted this though cause I have all of these spices already!

  • Reply Susan October 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    We don’t get pumpkin pie spice at all in Australia so this is great! I even happen to have all those spices already so will definitely be making my own.

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

    LOVE pumpkin pie spice. I normally make mine as well, unless I run out of a certain spice and need a quick fix. 🙂

  • Reply Jack Tyler October 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Yummy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice. Can’t wait for the pie season.

  • Reply Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs October 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Nice! I’m all about keeping the integrity of flavor for less the price!

  • Reply Leanne October 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    This is great– homemade versions are always so much tastier (and cheaper)! And also … where did you get that awesome container??

  • Reply Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen October 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

    What a great idea!! I’m going to have to make this and oatmeal this morning!! xx

  • Reply suzanne Perazzini October 19, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I am quite the opposite. If I am not hungry, then I am focused and stick to the shopping list. Some things are really expensive compared to what the ingredients cost to make it yourself. But sometimes, ingredients are so expensive that it’s worth buying the ready made version.

  • Reply Becca October 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I was telling my co-worker today that I was skipping pumpkin pie spice in a recipe I’m making because I didn’t want to buy a spice I wouldn’t use again (or very often). Being the amazing baker that she is, rattled off these ingredients. So funny that you posted this today!

    • Reply Adrianna October 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Coincidence. YES!

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