Forget to pick up some pumpkin pie spice? No problem! It’s quick and easy to make your own at home with a combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

This post contains affiliate links. Read the disclosure policy.

Glass jar full of prepared pumpkin pie spice.

About Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Baking is one of the simple joys of the holiday season, but nothing puts a damper on the festivities like forgetting a key ingredient.

And I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself in that situation a lot. And many a time, it just happened to be pumpkin pie spice that I forgot at the store.

But fear not! This iconic spice can be whipped up from scratch with four ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.

What’s in pumpkin pie spice?

This fall-friendly seasoning has all of the best “warm” holiday flavors, such as:

  • Ground cinnamon – Warm and soft, cinnamon is the main reason pumpkin pie spice is so comforting.
  • Ground ginger – Add the slightest bit of spiciness to the mix.
  • Ground cloves – A dash of strong, sweet, and spicy flavor.
  • Ground nutmeg – Another holiday staple with a woody and nutty flair.
Close up of pumpkin pie spice in a glass jar.

When to Add Pumpkin Pie Spice to Canned Pumpkin

When it comes to holiday treats, you’re going to be faced with two types of canned pumpkin in the baking aisle:

Pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling.

And while these types might seem interchangeable, there is a slight (yet significant) difference.

With pumpkin puree, the only contents are cooked and mashed pumpkin (or a variety of winter gourds), with no added flavors or spices. Pumpkin pie filling is made with cooked and mashed pumpkin, too, but it is also already flavored with pumpkin pie spice.

So while you’re baking, you can generally assume that if the recipe calls for pumpkin pie filling, you shouldn’t need to add pumpkin pie spice – unless the recipe really wants to kick up the flavor. On the other hand, if a recipe specifies pumpkin puree, it will likely also call for pumpkin pie spice or its individual components to achieve the desired flavor.

What can you make with pumpkin pie spice?

Oh, you guys, there are so many things you can make! It seems like every year there’s a new way to enjoy this fall-infused seasoning in all of your favorite foods. Here are a few of my personal favorites:



How long can spices be kept?

It doesn’t take long to accumulate a cabinet full of spices, but like all foods, they do have a “best by” date. When determining how long to keep (or whether to use) a spice, these are the general rules of thumb:

  • Whole spices (not ground) can stay fresh for four years.
  • Ground spices stay fresh for two to three years.
  • Dried herbs can be used for one to three years.

This particular pumpkin pie spice recipe has a combination of ground spices, so it should remain fresh in a sealed container at room temperature for two to three years.

Notes & Tips for How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • Many recipes out there for pumpkin pie spice include allspice, but this one doesn’t – and there’s a reason for that. Allspice has a flavor that’s very similar to a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, all of which are already present in the main ingredients of this recipe. It’s a matter of personal preference, but I’ve always liked the simplicity of using one less spice – and haven’t been able to taste the difference. The other ingredients in this recipe have been balanced to compensate for the lack of allspice.
Dipping a measuring spoon in pumpkin pie spice.

More useful spice recipes

Delicious recipes with pumpkin pie spice

How to make pumpkin pie spice

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a small bowl (or a resealable container), mix together the ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg.

Step 2 – Use and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Glass jar full of prepared pumpkin pie spice.
4.95 from 19 votes

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

5 minutes prep
5 kcal
Yields: 18 servings (1/2 teaspoon per)
Forget to pick up some pumpkin pie spice? No problem! It's quick and easy to make your own at home with a combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.



  • In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
    4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Store pumpkin pie spice in a sealed container. Use as needed.


Recipe makes about 3 tablespoons total of pumpkin pie spice.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

Made this recipe?

Tag @homemadehooplah on Facebook or Instagram and hashtag it #homemadehooplah so I can see what you whipped up!

Explore more: 30 minutes or less, 5 ingredients or less, Copycat, No Bake, Pumpkin, Recipes, Sides, Spice, Thanksgiving, Videos

Take recipes "to go"

Leave a comment

Recipe Rating


    • Tiffany
    • 5 stars

    I love to eat all things Pumpkin Spice!! Making them isn’t one of my skills but I think I could actually pull of this recipe. So cool! Thanks for sharing…

    • aly mashrah
    • 5 stars

    Last year I wasn’t really a fan of pumpkin spiced anything but this year things have changed! We just baked some pumpkin spiced cupcakes tonight and I love this spice mix!

    • Herchel S
    • 5 stars

    I’ve died and gone to pumpkin spice heaven. I bought some pumpkin spice the other day and noticed that it was pricey. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I make pumpkin pie all the time!

    • Jasmine
    • 5 stars

    Uhm yes please!! First off those servings spoons in the first shot are amazing! Ive never actually made my own pumpkin pie or any pie for that matter but this one looks like it would be worth my time! All of these recipes look so GOOD and easy to make!

    • Rebecca Swenor
    • 5 stars

    I have never made my own pumpkin pie spice before but will have to try this recipe. These look like some great recipes for using this spice and I will have to check them out. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

    • Gwendolyn Mulholland
    • 5 stars

    With the holidays coming and baking season starting this is a great tip to know. I have also needed pumpkin spice when I didn’t have any. I am going to keep this so that I don’t have to worry when I run out.

    • CourtneyLynne
    • 5 stars

    Oooooo I had no idea how to make pumpkin spice!!!! Looks pretty easy to make so I might just have to make some!

    • Krystal
    • 5 stars

    This is my kind of season. I love every thing pumpkin right now. Just went through Costa over the weekend and bought a loaf of homemade pumpkin bread. Thank you for sharing your cooking ideas I will be trying each and every one!

    • Jacqui – @TradesofJacqui
    • 5 stars

    I may be one of the few who does not like pumpkin! I’ve tried it and unfortunately, it’s not one of my favorite tastes. Although, I’m seriously tempted to try that Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodle! I may be able to get on board with that one! Thanks for sharing these recipes!

    • ROCY


    • Tammileetips
    • 5 stars

    I had no idea it was so easy to make pumpkin pie spice!! I think it would be genius if so trees put those together on the shelf.

    • Jeanine
    • 5 stars

    My an old friend of mine and kids love pumpkin everything so this is great to know. I will have to give this a try and see if I can make it myself!

    • ricci
    • 5 stars

    I love pumpkin anything!! Thanks for this yummy recipe!!

    • Stephanie Jeannot
    • 5 stars

    Pumpkin spice anything sounds really good. The horn treats remind me of canolis.

    • rika
    • 4 stars

    Great recipe.. I love pumpkin spice, perfect for fall or holiday celebration

    • Sarah Bailey
    • 5 stars

    Oh wow this sounds absolutely amazing, what a delicious autumn dish this would be. I really need to try it myself! x

    • Catherine Sargent
    • 5 stars

    These all look and sound amazing. I can’t wait to make my own pumpkin spice and Pumpkin Spice Cream Horns.

    • Olivia Douglass
    • 5 stars

    Yum! I love Pumpkin Spice items! I am like you, I have cans of pumpkin but no Pumpkin Pie Spice. I’m going to try this!