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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix Recipe

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How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice

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This homemade pumpkin spice recipe takes just minutes to mix up—with several ingredients that you may already have in your pantry! Then add this fragrant mix to pies, pancakes, roasted fall veggies, lattes, oatmeal—and even your carved pumpkin!

Oddly enough, “pumpkin” spice doesn’t contain any trace of actual pumpkin! Rather, it’s a combination of several spices that, together, bring to mind the foods of autumn: pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, and so on.

Why is it so delicious? It’s no secret, really. We all associate those spice scents with home-based goods and warm memories of family gatherings and happy, cozy moments.

Pumpkin Spice Mix Recipe

To create pumpkin spice mix, combine the following:

  • 1/3 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or mace
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground allspice

Looking for an easy autumn gift? Make a gift jar of spice and add a tag with these instructions: “For pumpkin pie, add 1 to 1 -1/2 teaspoons of spice mix to your other ingredients.”

Tip: Sprinkle a teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix into your carved pumpkin before lighting the candle. Your Jack-O-Lantern will still look spooky, but smell delightful! Find other pumpkin carving tips and tricks, then learn how to carve a pumpkin or how to cook pumpkin.

Try adding this pumpkin pie spice mix to our Creamy Pumpkin Pie or Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie!

pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top being cut into by a fork

Where did pumpkin spice come from? Enjoy the column, A Century-Long Passion for Pumpkin Spice.

Finally, see Pumpkin Recipes for even more pumpkin-flavored foods!

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Catherine Boeckmann

Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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