Pumpkin Pie Spice -secret ingredient!

Pumpkin pie spice is so easy to make and requires only a few ingredients that are probably already hanging out in your pantry. Don’t buy it ever again! Pinky promise me you’ll try making your own!

homemade pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

| 3 teaspoons
Prep Time | 2 minutes
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An easy blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger to make up pumpkin pie spice!


  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • dash cayenne pepper
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  • Stir the spices together.
  • Store in a tightly closed glass jar.


This recipe makes enough for most pumpkin pie recipes. I would recommend doubling or tripling it, however, and having plenty on hand for other uses than pumpkin pie.
little pumpkin pie bites

Why is it called pumpkin pie spice?

Because the spices used to make it are the same used for pumpkin pie. Women who made a lot of pumpkin pies would mix up these spices in large batches to save time when it can time to whip up a pie.

What makes up pumpkin pie spice?

Similar to your favorite all-purpose seasoning, pumpkin pie spice is a blend of various warm spices. Usually cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves or allspice.

Note: my Gma had a secret ingredient in her version (truly…you need to try it!)

Pumpkin pie spice diy tips:

  • Don’t worry if you are missing a particular spice. Other than cinnamon (that one IS important), the others are fairly interchangeable and you are A-okay to miss one.
  • This spice mixture keeps really well and is a great candidate for a homemade gift idea from the kitchen that won’t spoil before you have a chance to gift it!
  • Try something new…a wee bit of black pepper or allspice.
  • Spices are always best when used fresh. Make a fresh batch each fall for the best flavor!

Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe

Please tell me you know what I’m talking about when I say…Libby’s pumpkin pie? My Gma was a great cook but until I was into my teens I didn’t know there were multiple kinds of pumpkin pies. My Gma would take out the can of pumpkin, put in a tablespoon of her homemade pumpkin pie spice, and pour it into a crust and bake it. I thought that was how all pumpkin pie’s came…out of the Libby can.

making homemade pumpkin pie
I found this old photo from at least 10 years ago when my kids were making pumpkin pie…oi, they’ve grown!

Easy pumpkin pie recipe

My favorite pumpkin pie recipe is this easy pumpkin pie recipe with a gingersnap topping. Soooo good and feels fancy :).

cinnamon roll coffee latte

What can you use pumpkin pie spice for?

Oh gosh, everything!

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