Pumpkin Spice Mix Recipe

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice

October 4, 2020

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:

  • ⅓ cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or mace
  • 1-½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1-½ 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 ½ 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!


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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Pumpkin Spice

Mace is the outer shell of the Nutmeg berry; I'll try the Halloween Spice for a pumpkin; great idea; thanks;

Here's how I've made this

I’ve made my own pumpkin spice once by looking at my favorite pumpkin pie recipe and mixing the spices in the ratio the recipe uses. I then just add the amount that is the total of all the individual spices in recipe.

There is no ALLSPICE here in

There is no ALLSPICE here in Brazil either, but the cinnamon, clove and nutmeg combination is enough to make a perfect pumpkin spice mix. (canela, cravo e noz-moscada).

Allspice is also known as

Allspice is also known as Pimenta da Jamaica or Pimenta Siria in Brazil. You can find them in upscale supermarkets such as
Pao de acucar, Mambo, St. Marche or gourmet markets.

I don't see that you need

I don't see that you need allspice since it is just a combination of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, all of which are already in the recipe. Some people use equal parts of each, and some people use 1 part nutmeg, 1 part cloves, and 2 parts cinnamon.

Allspice is the dried fruits

Allspice is the dried fruits from the tree Pimenta Dioica.

I do not know where you got the idea that it is a combination of those other spices but that is certainly not correct.

Are you using ground fresh

Are you using ground fresh ginger? I imagine it's store bought dry ginger you're referring to.
Please clarify. Thanks.

Yes, ground ginger means the

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Yes, ground ginger means the dry spice you find in the baking aisle.

I was wondering if there was

I was wondering if there was anyway to make it with out cinnamon by daughter is highly allergic to it and I don't want to make it if she can't have it thank you

Hi, Kalia, A mix of ginger,

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Hi, Kalia, A mix of ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves is a good substitute for cinnamon.

Allspice has cinnamon in it.

Allspice has cinnamon in it.

I should say, some do. So be

I should say, some do. So be careful. I don't know how to edit comments and this got posted before I was ready. Sorry about that.

All Spice aka Pimento is a

All Spice aka Pimento is a berry :) so no it does not have cinnamon in it

From McCormick: "Allspice is

From McCormick:
"Allspice is a cured, unripe berry from a tropical evergreen tree. Allspice when ground releases aromatic notes reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg."

From Wiki:
"Allspice, also called Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta, pimento, English pepperor newspice, is the dried unripe fruit ("berries", used as a spice) of Pimenta dioica, a midcanopy tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world. The name 'allspice' was coined as early as 1621 by the English, who thought it combined the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves."

I sometimes substitute

I sometimes substitute coriander for cinnamon in different recipes. My daughter and I have an allergy to cinnamon too.

Hello was surprised how to

Hello was surprised how to make pumpkin spice the only thing here in portugal they dont have allspice what should be done thanks so much i hope to hear back from you. Bye

Hi, Ana, If you don't have

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Hi, Ana, If you don't have allspice, here's a decent substitue: Mix together equal parts nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Store any unused portion in an air-tight container.

Probably won't help you in

Probably won't help you in portugal but there is an american plant or two that can be substituted for allspice. The main one is Lindera Benzoin. Maybe go ahead and plant one so you don't have this problem next time!! :)

Intenta buscar Pimienta de

Intenta buscar Pimienta de Jamaica
Try looking for Pimienta de Jamaica. In case you have never seen it is like black peppercorns but bigger.

Very festive for the Fall

Very festive for the Fall season.