This pumpkin pie spice is the perfect seasoning for all of your fall baking. Be sure to check out my secret ingredient that gives it a special POP. 🙂
Before last fall, I swore by store-bought pumpkin pie spice. Specifically, from Trader Joe’s. But then I ran out and didn’t have time to drive across town to my friend the Trader. Soooo I made my own. Let me confess, I was scared I wouldn’t like it. But guess what! I did. And now I won’t go back to the store-bought stuff.
My special blend of pumpkin pie spice has all the usual suspects–cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger… and when you’re measuring them, it smells like the essence of fall in your kitchen. Nothin’ better! I’ve spent some times playing around with the ratios of spices and have deemed this recipe my favorite for now. 🙂 But wait… there’s more! I added a lil secret ingredient to give this pumpkin pie spice blend a special pop, a little wow, a big bang, a bunch of deliciousness to all your pumpkin goodies: dried lemon peel! It’s just a tiny amount in the grand scheme of this spice blend, but it adds some citrusy zing that elevates the flavor so much. I will tell you that my buddy the Trader did add lemon peel to his pumpkin pie spice first, but I’m glad I could capitalize on that success. Thank goodness for ingredient labels! 🙂 You can find dried lemon peel in the spice aisle, but I will warn you it’s a little pricier than most spices. However, a little goes a long way so it will last. If you have cardamom I’m sure that would be a good addition too.
I keep this pumpkin pie spice in a small mason jar in my spice cupboard all year long and add it to anything and everything that can use some fall spice love: pumpkin quick breads and desserts of every kind, of course, but also oatmeal, yogurt, applesauce, and even on toast [a la cinnamon toast]. Some of my favorite pumpkin recipes include: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins, Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cake with Nutella Frosting, and Pumpkin Brownies. To see all my pumpkin recipes, click here. I’ll be adding many more this fall so stay tuned! You’ll want a jar of this stuff in your pantry to enjoy the deliciousness. 🙂
one year ago: Pumpkin Coconut Soup
two years ago: Iced Tea with Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup
three years ago: Pumpkin Granola
four years ago: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cloves
- 1/2 tablespoon allspice
- 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon dried lemon peel
Combine all ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine.
Use in anything and everything this fall–breads, pies, muffins, cakes… yogurt, applesauce… the possibilities are endless!
25 thoughts on “Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice”
Thank you Sarah and have a Great Week!
Great idea to add dried lemon peel! I’m going to have to try this variation the next time I run out!
thank you, jessica! it definitely adds something special 🙂
YUM! I am currently out of this prized spice and TraderJoes doesn’t have any yet 😦 I think I have all these ingredients at home though (minus lemon peel) – I’ll be giving this a whirl before ordering any online! Thanks for sharing your secret spice too 🙂
thanks, sam! i hope you enjoy! i heard trader joe’s was supposed to get pumpkin products this week so maybe it’ll be there soon!
I love your addition! Definitely want to keep some of this in my cabinet year round 🙂
thank you, sues!
Great recipe! I just buy the bottle but I love that I know have the option to make it homemade. 🙂
thanks, tina! i always used to buy a jar too 🙂