This easy-to-make recipe for Pumpkin Pie Spice is full of warm and cozy flavors of the fall season. It makes the perfect addition to your favorite pumpkin flavored sweet treats, baked goods and beverages.
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
With this homemade pumpkin pie spice blend, you can add comforting and warm flavors to many of your best fall recipes. From a classic Pumpkin Pie or Cranberry Pumpkin Bread to your morning Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Pumpkin Pancakes, this spice blend adds delightful and distinctive flavors of Autumn.
Making your own pumpkin pie spice blend allows you to experiment with the ratios of the individual spices creating a distinctive blend that’s perfect for your personal preference. Another great thing about creating your own spice mix is that you get to control how fresh the spices are, which increases the shelf life.
Why We Love This Recipe
- Made with common spices: This easy recipe uses 4 common ingredients you can get at any grocery store. You may even already have them in your spice cabinet.
- Fresh is best: Making your own homemade spice blend is fresher than store-bought pumpkin pie spice.
- Perfect any time of year: Who says you have to wait until pumpkin season to enjoy your favorite recipes? You can use this delicious spice any time the craving hits.
- Great for gifts: Double this seasoning mix recipe and place it in a decorative, small jar and give it as a housewarming, wedding, or hostess gift.
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground ginger
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground allspice
How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
Measure out and combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and store in a small airtight container.
There are so many ways to change up this easy pumpkin pie spice. Here are some top choices for you to consider:
- Ground cloves: This is a classic spice herb commonly used in fall baking. Add just a pinch to the other ingredients.
- Cardamom: Ground cardamom adds a subtle citrusy flavor that works great with the blend of cinnamon and other spices in this recipe.
- Ground star anise: Gives your spice blend a unique twist and a subtle licorice-like flavor to your spice blend.
- Cayenne pepper: If making savory dressings or marinades a pinch of cayenne pepper adds a wonderful balance of flavor. You can also use a little black pepper with this spice.
- Nutmeg: Boost the nutty and earthy flavors by adding a small amount of ground nutmeg to your pumpkin spice blend.
Savory Dishes Made with Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix
This simple spice mix isn’t just awesome for fall baking, you can put it to good use in delicious savory dishes as well:
- Roasted vegetables: Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice over roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and parsnips.
- Spiced nuts: Toss mixed nuts with a mixture of pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and a touch of salt, then roast them until warmed through.
- Spiced soups: Add earthy flavors to hearty soups and stews by adding a dash of pumpkin pie spice during the cooking process.
- Pumpkin spice butter: Mix pumpkin pie spice with softened butter. Use it as a topping for roasted chicken or pork chops.
- Salad dressing: Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a touch of honey, and a pinch of this pumpkin pie spice. Drizzle over your favorite fall salads.
- Spiced rice or quinoa: Stir pumpkin pie spice into your cooked rice or quinoa. It goes great with curry dishes or stir-fries.
- Pumpkin spice marinade: Whisk together pumpkin pie spice, lemon or orange juice, soy sauce, and a touch of honey for a delicious meat marinade.
Tips for Storing Homemade Spice Mix Blend
With a few of these simple tips, you can extend the shelf-life of this pumpkin spice recipe:
- Keep your fresh batch of pumpkin pie spice in a dark place, away from direct sunlight, like a pantry or spice rack in a cabinet. Exposure to air will cause your herbs to become stale.
- Store your own spice blends in a sealed glass jar or other airtight jar.
- Dried spices do not freeze because it builds moisture. For best results, keep them sealed at room temperature.
- Heat will also cause spice mixes to lose their flavor quickly. It’s best to keep them in a cabinet or pantry that is completely away from any heat source like your stove or dishwasher.
- Label the jars with the date you made your spice blend, so you’ll know when it’s time to make a new big batch.
- For optimal freshness, homemade spice mixes should be used within 9 months to a year.
- Use it in the same amount as store-bought when the recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice.
More Pumpkin Recipes
- Pumpkin Lush
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese
- Pumpkin Pudding Shots
- Pumpkin Truffles
- Pumpkin Roll
Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 3 ½ Tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 ½ teaspoons ginger
- 2 ½ teaspoons nutmeg
- 1 ½ teaspoons allspice
- Combine all ingredients in a small dish and mix well.
- Store in airtight container or jar.
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