Make your own homemade pumpkin pie spice mix (also known simply as “pumpkin spice”) with this easy recipe. My recipe allows you to make just the right amount to fill a cute jar for gifting–and I’ve included printable gift tags too! Use this spice mix for substitutions and in recipes like pumpkin bread, no-bake pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and more.
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Creating a homemade gift-in-a-jar makes for a fun presentation of even the simplest gifts. This pumpkin spice mix is full of the festive aroma of fall and it takes just minutes to whip it up.
Making your own DIY mix means you control the ingredients and the flavors–add more or less of your favorite spices to customize it to your liking.
I’ve customized this recipe so you can make an amount that fits a 4 oz spice jar (you might have just a tad left over) so it’s perfect for gifting. I also included printable gift tags and a quick cheat sheet so you can make a 1 ounce, 2 ounce, or 4 ounce quantity without bothering with math.
Ingredients Used in Pumpkin Spice Mix
This pumpkin pie spice mix calls for five simple ingredients: ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
TIP: Making several of these jars? Try buying your spices at Costco! Their giant canisters of spices are a little much for the average home cook, but they are perfect for assembling multiple gifts.
Customizing Your Spice Blend
As I’ve looked at different store-bought brands and even other recipes for pumpkin pie spice available online, I’ve noticed that allspice and cloves are sometimes omitted. These are both strong and distinctive spices so as you make your mix, feel free to omit or reduce quantities as you like.
If you do omit the cloves or allspice, just replace that amount with cinnamon instead. Easy!
TIP: Already have a brand of pumpkin spice that you like? Check the ingredients list to see which spices are included and tailor your blend to the same.
Recipes That Use Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
If you want to test your blend before gifting, use it in one of the following recipes from fellow bloggers to give it a quick test. Or, even easier, just sprinkle a little on top of your morning cup of coffee!
- Pumpkin Muffins from Spend with Pennies
- Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte from Inspired Taste
- Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix from My Baking Addiction
- Pumpkin Bread from Sprinkle Some Fun
- Pumpkin Spice Pancakes from Delicious Little Bites
Supplies You’ll Need for These Jars
Airtight/Food Safe Jars
(Note that I usually get mine at Target–they are far less expensive than the Amazon ones, but I couldn’t find them online when I wrote up this post, so I included the Amazon link so you could at least see what I was talking about!)
Alternatively, select some cute 4 oz spice jars.
You’ll want a good set of measuring spoons. For measuring spices this set of long rectangle measuring spoons is what I own and they are great for fitting into small jar openings. This dual-sided set from Amazon would be a good choice too.
Small Funnel (optional)
If you are using jars with a small opening, have a funnel on hand to make them easier to fill. The mason jars have a wide enough opening that they can be filled with a spoon.
Finally, don’t forget to print a set of my Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix gift tags. There is a small hang tag and a larger size that fits the top of the 4 oz mason jars.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
Alright, let’s make some spice mix!
Gather your five spices: ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
Measure the quantities of each spice listed in the recipe into a bowl. Note that in addition to the recipe card I’ve provided a quick cheat sheet for making 1 ounce, 2 ounce, and 4 ounce portions of the mix.
Stir all the spices together thoroughly.
Use a funnel and a spoon to pour the mixture into a spice jar or if using a mason jar, you can just spoon it right in.
Seal the jar with an airtight lid. If gifting, print your labels, cut out, and attach them to the jar.
How to Substitute Pumpkin Pie Spice
If you’ve ever been making a pumpkin recipe and it called for pumpkin pie spice mix and you didn’t have it, this simple recipe will help you quickly substitute. Though it includes cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves you can certainly adjust the spice mix to your liking as I noted earlier.
For recipes that call for “pumpkin spice mix” or pumpkin pie spice mix”, you can replace it with this homemade version using the same quantity called for in your recipe.
OR, if your recipe calls for some or all of the ingredients in this spice mix separately, simplify it by just adding together the quantities and using your homemade pumpkin spice mix instead of locating each individual spice and measuring it out.
If you aren’t sure how much pumpkin spice substitute to mix up, check my chart after the recipe card. If you just need the pumpkin pie spice one time, make the 1 ounce quantity (2 tablespoons) so you aren’t left with too much leftover. Or, you can make the 2 or 4 ounce quantity and save the rest in a cute jar.
Other Gifts to Pair with This Spice Mix
You might create a festive “pumpkin spice” gift basket and include your favorite recipe that calls for pumpkin spice. Add in a box of tea or instant coffee to pair with the tasty sweets your recipient can make with this flavorful fall spice mix.
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How Much to Make?
If you need a small amount of pumpkin pie spice for a recipe, I suggest you mix up the 1 ounce quantity (2 tablespoons) with the measurements found below, measure out what you need, and save the rest for the next time you need some.
For gifting, I like to make about 1/4 cup of spice mix or about 1/2 cup of spice mix. These quantities will fit into a 2 ounce jar or a 4 ounce jar respectively.
Here are a few conversions (U.S. fluid ounces–understand more about these conversions here) to help you out:
1 ounce = 2 tablespoons (1/8 cup)
2 ounces = 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup)
4 ounces = 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup)
Quantities for 1 oz, 2 oz, and 4 oz Jars
Note: in order to maintain correct ratios, each quantity does make slightly more than you need to fill the appropriate sized jar.
|1 ounce jar||2 ounce jar||4 ounce Mason Jar|
|Cinnamon||1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon||2.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon||5 tablespoons ground cinnamon|
|Ginger||3/4 teaspoon ground ginger||1.5 teaspoons ground ginger||1 tablespoon ground ginger|
|Nutmeg||3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg||1.5 teaspoons ground nutmeg||1 tablespoon ground nutmeg|
|Allspice||1/2 teaspoon ground allspice||1 teaspoon ground allspice||2 teaspoons ground allspice|
|Cloves||1/2 teaspoon ground cloves||1 teaspoon ground cloves||2 teaspoons ground cloves|
Pumpkin Spice Mix in a Jar
- 5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- Measure out the ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves into a bowl. Reference the cheat sheet for 1 ounce, 2 ounce, and 4 ounce portions of the mix.
- Stir all the spices together thoroughly.
- Use a funnel and a spoon to pour the mixture into a 4 oz spice jar. If using a mason jar, you can just spoon it right in.
- Seal the jar with an airtight lid.
- For gifting, print the labels I've included in this post, cut them out, and attach them to the jar.