Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin Pie Spice
It's the holiday season and you will likely be inclined to make a pumpkin pie or a sweet potato pie. You can't always find pumpkin pie spice in the store. Ever wonder what is in that spice? Whether you have the ingredients at home already? Look no further.

What is pumpkin pie spice made of?

It's a wonderful blend of warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. 

What's the difference between allspice and pumpkin pie spice?

Allspice is a warm and cozy spice that tastes like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, but pumpkin pie spice is a bit more robust and flavorful with all those spices plus ginger. Allspice alone, while delicious, won't give you that signature pumpkin spice flavor that you're looking for.

What is the best substitute for pumpkin pie spice?

If you're missing all the elements to make your own pumpkin pie spice, you can try an easy pumpkin pie spice substitute like using just cinnamon, or even better, apple pie spice (see below).  

How long does pumpkin pie spice last?

Properly stored spices generally stay fresh for two to three years, so just take a look at the expiration date on each spice container when you're making this recipe.

Pumpkin Pie Spece Ingredients

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


  1. Put it all into a bowl and whisk it together.

Pumpkin Pie Spice in a bowl

Many recipes call for nutmeg and cinnamon.  Like a lot of sweet potato pie recipes.  This is a good way to kick that up. Just because it says "Pumpkin Pie Spice" doesn't mean that's all you can use it on.

Apple Pie Spice Substitute

  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp allspice

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