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Holiday Cooking | November 15, 2011

How to make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice

Making your own pumpkin pie spice is easier than dragon to the grocery store, and way less expensive than buying it premade!

How to make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice

Last week I was shopping for some spices and started to throw a canister of Pumpkin Pie Spice into the cart. I looked twice at the price $4.99 for a tiny 1.12 oz jar. YIKES. I turned the jar around and looked at the ingredients: Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and Allspice. I knew I had all of those at home in my spice cupboard.

I placed the jar back on the shelf, and went on my way. Back at home, I fired up my laptop. Looked for “Pumpkin Pie Spice” recipes. About 2,180,000 results. Oh my. No, I didn’t read all of the results! But I did develop my own recipe for How to make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice in the process.

Did you know that on a label, the ingredients listed are in order of ingredients found in the largest amount, by weight, down to the ingredients found in the least amount. I re-read the label, and decided to add a little bit of ground cloves too, because everyone loves a bit of clove during holiday season, right?

By my calculation, I spent about $2.00 on close to double the amount of spice I was able to mix up in my own kitchen. I bought some cute little crocks to put the spice mix in, but you can use anything you have around the house, or an old spice bottle ( I would use one of the spices contained in the pump pie spice mix). How’s that for thrifty? Mom would be proud. In a good way.

Are you in the mood for cooking? I hope so.  Here’s the lineup for the rest of the week:

Tues: Sheri’s Southern Cornbread Dressing
Wed: Balsamic Roasted Yams and Onions
Thu: Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
Fri:Sheri’s Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugared Pecans
Sat:Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie

5 from 1 vote

How to make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice

Author A Bountiful Kitchen


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


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a fork or small whisk.
  2. Store in a jar or small Ziploc bag.

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  1. Bonnie, yes, that's exactly what I did with the extra crocks, gave them away as little gifts. This would be a perfect neighbor gift for Chirstmas 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I use this handy recipe all the time and multiply it so I can do a big batch all at once! I love that it includes ground cloves.

    1. Hi Nat, I love how handy this recipe is too, and the cloves make such a difference. Thanks for sharing!