How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

Spice in pile with trowel

Pumpkin Pie Spice smells and tastes amazing!

Many recipes use Pumpkin Pie Spice and it’s so easy to make it yourself.
If you have these 5 common spices in your kitchen, you’ve got all the fixings!

5 spices: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger

Cloves in an aluminum scoop on wood

If you'd like to try using whole spices

You’ll need three pieces of equipment:

  • Mortar and pestle for the cloves
  • Spice grinder, an inexpensive coffee grinder reserved for spices, for the cinnamon
  • Nutmeg grinder, designed with prongs inside to grab the nutmeg seed

This method takes a little longer but you’re rewarded with aromas twice over.
Once while you blend, crush, and grind each whole spice, and then when you use the Pumpkin Pie Spice blend in your dishes.
Using whole spices also gives a recipe deeper, more complex flavours. 

You may never buy these three spices pre-ground again!

Whole cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves on wood
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves

Grind whole nutmeg with a hand-held grinder

whole nutmeg with grinder
Once you have a nutmeg grinder you'll never buy ground nutmeg again


Cloves are soft and easily crush. The pestle is enough weight for the job.

Crush whole cloves and stems with a mortar and pestle until a fine powder

Pumpkin Pie Spice in jar beside mortar and pestle


cinnamon sticks on wood
Depending on the size of your cinnamon sticks use 2-3

Break (2-3) cinnamon sticks into quarters and grind to a fine powder

Ground cinnamon in an electric grinder

Measure ground ginger and allspice and add to the ingredients

My favourite moment!

Add all spices to a small jar

Birds eye view of spices in a jar

Add lid, shake to mix well. Add a label then store in a dry place

Pumpkin Pie Spice in a jar with a spoon

Before using, shake well as some ingredients may have settled.

Pumpkin Pie Spice with cloves with cinnamon in the background
Pumpkin Pie Spice in a jar with a spoon

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Recipe makes approximately 5 tablespoons or 1/3 cup of Pumpkin Pie Spice blend.
With 5 simple ingredients, you can take the taste and aroma up to a new level by adding freshly ground whole spices!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Cake, Cookies, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 teaspoons
Calories 12 kcal


  • Mortar and pestle
  • Spice grinder
  • Nutmeg grinder
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small jar
  • Label


  • 3 tbsp cinnamon ground
  • 2 tsp ginger ground
  • 2 tsp nutmeg ground
  • 1 1/2 tsp allspice ground
  • 1 1/2 tsp clove ground


  • Measure all ground spices and pour into a small jar. Screw on the lid and label the jar.
    Shake until well mixed and store in a dry place until needed.
  • Before using, shake the jar as some spices may have settled.
Keyword Pantry Essential, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Spice Blend

Recipes using Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte Creamer is delicious in coffee

Gift ideas if you love making your own spice blends - and print off this recipe!

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Mortar and Pestle
I’ve used my Emile Henry mortar and pestle for over a year now and the ceramic has not stained. What I love about this brand is the quality of ceramic – it’s smooth! 
On the flip side, this makes it not the best for making a pesto sauce because you need a rougher surface. So that one’s on my wish list!

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