Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

This amazing blend of ingredients is often called for in pies and cookies at Thanksgiving.

I often wondered what was in this magical and delightful blend of spices.  It is the spice that I always forget to buy when I am shopping for my holiday baking.  I will admit it.  I usually just wing it.  But for the blog, I decided to do a little investigation to stop my “wing it” habit and give you the information you deserve.  Besides,  I can probably make it with the spices I have in my cupboard right now.  I will guess that it is a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.  Let me “google it” and see if I am right and what proportions those ingredients come in…

Well, my search came up with some interesting results.  It appears that there is not agreement on the ingredients for Pumpkin Pie Spice.  I looked at ALLrecipes.com, Pioneer Woman, Betty Crocker and Taste of Home.  In my search, I choose sites where I have tried and tested, with great success, the recipes from each of these contributors and am a devoted fan of them all.

So, here are the results.  Pioneer Woman and Betty Crocker agree and had the same recipe for Pumpkin Pie Spice.  Here it is:

3 Tbsp Cinnamon

2 tsp Ginger

2 tsp Nutmeg

1 1/2 tsp Allspice

1 1/2 tsp Cloves

Combine all of the spices into a small jar and keep sealed until ready to use.

Allrecipes.com suggests the following recipe:
1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1/4 tsp Ginger

1/8 tsp Cloves

Combine all of the spices into a small bowl until ready to use.  You will notice that the ingredients are in much smaller proportions so this is a one time use combination.  You could easily double, triple or more this recipe.

Lastly, Taste of Home uses the following combination of ingredients:
4 tsp of Cinnamon

2 tsp of Ginger

1 tsp Cloves

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Combine all of the spices into a small jar and keep sealed until ready to use.


I find it very interesting that half of the recipes use allspice and half do not.   So, I did a little more research and found out that Allspice is a berry from an evergreen tree, and when ground smells like a combination of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  If you look up substitutions for Allspice- the recommendation is a combination of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  So, it makes sense to leave out the Allspice in a Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe.

I hope you will try the homemade version of Pumpkin Pie Spice and leave me a comment on which version you tried and how it went!






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