DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Make and customize a DIY pumpkin pie spice for much less than what you would pay for a national brand.

From "Cooking With Pumpkin"
January 2015

  • Mix five spices to your liking to create this do-it-yourself pumpkin pie spice.
    Photo by Averie Sunshine
  • “Cooking With Pumpkin,” by Averie Sunshine, provides 50 pumpkin recipes for anyone who wants to cook and bake with pumpkin year-round.
    Cover courtesy The Countryman Press

Total Hands-On Time: 5 min

Yield: 1.5 ounces

Cooking With Pumpkin (The Countryman Press, 2014), by Averie Sunshine, contains 50 of Sunshine’s favorite pumpkin recipes, with an abundance of colorful images that will entice you to start cooking. This book goes beyond pumpkin pie and is filled with creative, fun and mouthwatering recipes from sweet to savory and everything in between. The following excerpt from “Drinks and Dips” is a recipe for a DIY pumpkin pie spice.

You can purchase this book from the GRIT store: Cooking With Pumpkin

Making your own pumpkin pie spice is as easy as combining five spices and stirring them together. The ratio of spices used is a matter of personal preference; feel free to tinker to your liking. The beauty of making your own blend is that you get to customize it according to taste. Not to mention, the last time I checked, a 1.7-ounce jar of a national brand of pumpkin pie spice was more than eight dollars at the grocery store!

Provided you keep these spices on hand anyway, it literally costs pennies to make your own. And now you’ll never be out of pumpkin pie spice. So you can bake more pies—or more anything. This makes a great little hostess gift, too.

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe


• 3 tablespoons cinnamon
• 2 teaspoons ground allspice
• 2 teaspoons ground ginger
• 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
• 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cloves


1. Put the spices in a small bowl and stir to combine.

2. Transfer mixture to a repurposed spice jar with lid (don’t use something that used to store garlic, curry, onion powder, or similar) or use a small glass canning jar or container with a lid.

Tip: To transfer spice mixture into jar, place the mixture on a creased sheet of parchment paper and carefully slide it in, or use a funnel.

Spice mixture will keep airtight at room temperature for many months. Check with each usage to make sure it’s fresh and fragrant, especially if you typically bake with pumpkin pie spice on a seasonal basis only.

More Recipes from Cooking With Pumpkin

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls With Maple-Cream-Cheese Frosting Recipe
Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchies Recipe
Creamy Pumpkin-Pie Shortbread Crumble Bars Recipe

Reprinted with permission from Cooking With Pumpkin: Recipes That Go Beyond the Pie, by Averie Sunshine, and published by The Countryman Press, 2014. Purchase Cooking With Pumpkin from the GRIT store.

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