Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice for those times when you just ran out and need to make a loaf of pumpkin bread for the school bake sale! Here's how you can make it at home! 

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice in a bowl with spoon

As an American I'm spoiled by a spice blend called "Pumpkin Pie Spice". It goes into just about every fall baked good as we ramp up to Halloween and then the ultimate American food frenzy,  Thanksgiving.

I never knew how truly "American" Pumpkin Pie Spice was until I started uploading videos to YouTube. One of the best things about YouTube is how truly global the community is. It immediately plugs you into the world and to so many different insights, perspectives and customs.

Collage of the process of how to make pumpkin pie spice at home 

Each year as fall approaches and the American food channels start uploading their pumpkin breads  and Thanksgiving pies, a reoccurring comment I see is "What is this Pumpkin Pie Spice", "I can't find Pumpkin Pie Spice in my country what can I use to substitute it?".

2 loaves of Pumpkin Bread cooling in their tins on a cooktop
My Extra Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe is a great fall baked good for Pumpkin Pie Spice

So I figured it was time to unlock the mystery and share this secret blend šŸ™‚  The funny part is, it's really just a combination of a bunch of commonly used spices, but for me it's the amounts of this particular blend that make it uniquely American.

Spices laid out in small bowls on cutting board Spices in bowls on a cutting board for pumpkin pie spice

So for all my international friends, I present you with a Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe so that you too can enjoy a little taste of America. xx

a bowl of homemade pumpkin pie spice

How To Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

Yield: ā…” cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Pumpkin pie spice is an American thing, which I never knew until I was browsing pumpkin-flavored recipes online and saw many comments asking what it even is. So here are quick instructions for making your own.


  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) ground nutmeg
  • 1 Ā½ teaspoons (7.5 ml) ground allspice
  • 1 Ā½ teaspoons (7.5 ml) ground cloves


  1. Mix the spices together in a small bowl.
  2. Transfer to a jar and store with spices
  3. It's also great sprinkled on some fall fruit too. Makes a great snack!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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  1. Hi,

    My name is Ashley John, I love your recipe and your videos it looks really good. I have a question is there substitution for nutmeg for pumpkin pie spice mixture because family member allergic to nuts? Would cardamom work? Please let me know

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  5. Hi Beth!!
    First of all i love your videos!! And now that i'v found your blog i love that too!!!
    I would love to make pumpkin pie but in Italy, where i live there no such thing as allspice. Can i omit it all together or substitute it with something else?
    I hope you can help me! I would like to bake a pumping pie for my american friend here in Italy as a surprise gift to cheer her up cause i know she feels homesick during thanksgiving's period since we don't celebrate it here.
    Thank you!!
    CIAO from Italy!

    1. Oh how nice of you! What a sweet thing to do. She will love that. Yes you can definitely leave the allspice out and it will still be great! Best of luck and so glad you enjoy the videos and blog!

  6. Hi Beth!
    I used this homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe to make your pumpkin cupcakes recipe for my son's birthday over the weekend. It worked great and the cupcakes were delicious also; my son loved them(pumpkin is his favorite dessert)! I live in Texas but in the country on a ranch and forgot to buy the premade spice mix; oops, ha! Luckily I keep all the spices on hand! Thanks again for your fun videos and wonderful recipes! I especially love that a lot of your desserts, like the pumpkin cupcakes, only make 12; I usually don't need 3 dozen of something so yours have become my go to! šŸ™‚
    I hope you are having a wonderful fall!
    Chelsea B

    1. Awe so glad they were a success! And that you had all the spices handy to make the spice mix! YAY! šŸ™‚