A simple homemade pumpkin spice blend with just the right amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Perfect for fall baking.

Pumpkin Spice in Spice Jar

One of the best things about fall is all the delicious pumpkin-flavored treats. If you’re like us, you love to bake all sorts of goodies with pumpkin spice.

But have you ever made your own pumpkin spice mix? It’s really easy to do, and it tastes so much better than anything you can buy in a store.

In this post, we’ll show you how to make your own, and we’ll also share some recipes that use it. So get ready to fall in love with (homemade) pumpkin spice!

Cinnamon Ginger Nutmeg and Cloves (left) Spices on Plate (right)

What Is Pumpkin Spice Made Of?

Traditionally, pumpkin spice is made of cinnamon and at least 2 of the following spices: ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and sometimes black pepper (yep). Here are the 4 ingredients we prefer to use.

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cloves

Jump to the full recipe with amounts.

🍂 Make your own pumpkin spice syrup – check out our homemade recipe here.


You will find many variations of this spice mix. Here are a few ways to vary this recipe.

  • Allspice: many recipes call for allspice. We prefer to leave this out. However, if you’d like to add allspice – just add half the amount you used for cloves, with other ratios remaining the same for the other spices.
  • Skip the nutmeg: our favorite pumpkin pie recipe uses only cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. You can easily skip the nutmeg if you don’t have it on hand.
  • Black pepper: weird, huh? Many recipes call this the ‘secret ingredient.’ We think the warm flavor of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove are delicious all on their own. But feel free to give this a try if you’d like.
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger, and Cloves in Measuring Spoons

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Spice

Making your own pumpkin pie spice blend is easy and only requires a few common ingredients.

Mixing Spices for Pumpkin Spice in White Bowl with Pumpkins in Background

Simply mix together cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a small bowl.

Bowl and Spoon with Mixed Pumpkin Spice on White Marble

Then store the mixture in an airtight container. Small spice jars with lid seals work great.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice in Jar (left) Pumpkin Spice with Measuring Spoon (right)

This spice blend can be used in any recipe that calls for pumpkin spice.

🍂 Make pumpkin waffles – check out our pumpkin spice waffle recipe.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice

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Easy homemade pumpkin spice for pumpkin spice lattes, other delicious fall drinks, and baked goods. 

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 9 tablespoons 1x


  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Store in an airtight container.


  • You can make any amount. Use a 4:2:2:1 ratio of ground cinnamon:ginger:nutmeg: and cloves.
  • We prefer to make pumpkin spice without ground allspice, but you can add a small amount to this recipe if you choose. Use the same ratio of other spices, but add half the measurement used for cloves for the allspice.
  • This homemade pumpkin spice blend can be used in any recipe that calls for pumpkin spice.
  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Spices
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
  • Calories: 7
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 0.9 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are common questions about making and using pumpkin spice.

Is pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie spice the same?

Yes, pumpkin spice is also known as pumpkin pie spice. Although, many recipes differ in amounts and ingredients. We use ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Other recipes include allspice and/or black pepper.

How much pumpkin pie spice to substitute for individual spices?

Follow this recipe for the perfect substitute for pumpkin pie spice or pumpkin spice. Or you can make any amount using a 4:2:2:1 ratio of cinnamon:ginger:nutmeg: and cloves.

For example, mix together 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon of cloves.

In Summary

Now that you know how to make homemade pumpkin pie spice, you can use it in lattes, pancakes, waffles, and other delicious drinks and baked goods. Make a batch of this spice mix to keep on hand for all of your fall baking needs.


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