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Do you smell that? It’s fall, which means it’s time to break out the warm spices. Forget buying them. Learn how to make pumpkin pie spice — the ultimate fall cooking and baking representative — at home.
Prices for a premixed blend can range from $1.25 to $8 a container. With just four or five ingredients, you can say “bye, bye, bye” to buying it. And for all our super savers, you can score these ingredients cheaper at places like Aldi, Walmart, and sometimes Dollar Tree.
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Back to your spice cabinet. Now, are you ready to learn how to make pumpkin pie spice at home?
How To Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
This recipe can be subjective. Some of us prefer more ginger or more cinnamon. Feel free to use this pumpkin pie spice recipe as a starting point for your own aromatic customization. Once you like it, double or triple the recipe before storing it.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 5 Tablespoons
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground cloves
In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients and store in a small airtight container with a lid. Label it with the date, and store it in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months. As with most homemade spice blends, it may lose its potency after that time, so check it after a year.
Uses for Your Pumpkin Spice Blend
Now that you’ve perfectly crafted your own pumpkin pie spice blend, what’s next? Eat it of course. Who shouldn’t eat it is your pets! Allspice and cloves can be toxic, so no dog or cat treats, okay?
Here are a few ideas:
- Make a pumpkin pie (duh!)
- Add it to pancake or waffles mixes
- Sprinkle on coffee (or make DIY pumpkin spice creamer or whipped cream)
- Mix into hot chocolate
- Give your kids’ applesauce a pumpkin boost
- Combine vanilla vodka, Irish cream liqueur, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin puree for a pumpkin martini
- Make pumpkin spiced honey or agave
- Blend with your favorite smoothie ingredients
- Bake it with your homemade granola