If you’re anything like me, this time of year you are starting to get tired of dirtying multiple measuring spoons in order to measure out a combination of spices that will equal to pumpkin pie spice. I’ve never bought pumpkin pie spice, because I always have its basic ingredients on hand to measure out myself (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and either allspice or cloves). There have been times, however, when I almost caved in to buy it. Then, I saw Tara’s post on storing a batch in your pantry and I couldn’t figure out why I never thought to do this before!
The measurements of the ingredients in pumpkin pie spice can vary based on personal preference. You can cut down on the ginger if it seems too strong for you, or add some allspice. Below is my preferred combination, based on my favorite pumpkin pie (recipe shared next week).
(If you have a bulk section of spices at your local grocery store like I do, try giving away a small jar of homemade pumpkin pie spice as a very cute party favor/place cards at your Thanksgiving dinner!)
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Measure all spices into a jar. Seal with the lid and shake to combine. Measures 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice.
*Recipe Note: This recipe makes just the right amount for 1 pumpkin pie. To make enough to store and use later or to give as gifts, at least quadruple the measurements.