Pumpkin Pie Spice

This time of year so many recipes call for pumpkin pie spice, but what spices actually make up this popular blend? The answer really depends on which brand you use, so lets take a look at some common brands.

McCormick: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and sulfiting agents
Penzey's: China cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, mace, cloves
Simply Organic: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves
Spice Hunter: cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, Chinese 5 spice
Trader Joes: ground cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom

Just for fun, lets also take a look at some vintage pumpkin pie spice combinations I found using Google Image Search.

Ann Page: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, sweet orange peel
Ben-Hur: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, mace
Farmer's Pride: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and salt 
French's: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg
Jack Sprat: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves
Schilling: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice

You may have noticed that these blends can vary widely depending on the brand and this is likely why your pumpkin pie never tastes quite like your grandmother's. Feel free to use my recipe as a jumping off point and experiment until you find your perfect combination. I'll admit, I'm intrigued by some of the additions listed in the vintage brands and fully plan on trying some additional combinations once I run out of my current batch of spice mix.Pumpkin Pie Spice 
makes approximately 25 servings

Ingredients

4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons ground nutmeg 
4 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons ground allspice
2 teaspoons ground cloves

optional

cardamom
Chinese five spice
lemon peel
mace
salt
sweet orange peel

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine together cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves and any optional ingredients. Mix well and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Recipe Inspiration

Pumpkin Pie Spice I - Allrecipes.com