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The Best Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

The Best Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

 Pumpkin pie spice is a quintessential spice blend for all things autumn and especially thanksgiving dessert. In the fall, pumpkin spice is craved in pumpkin spice lattes and is also delicious in new recipes like this pumpkin pie ice cream. When you’re in the middle of a recipe and realize you’re all out, don’t worry, this signature fall flavor can be recreated using a few of the spices you have on your spice rack.


The Best Substitute: Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice

Some people prefer to make their own pumpkin pie spice so they can tweak the measurements and create a flavor that’s unique and perfectly crafted for a certain recipe. You can make your own pumpkin pie spice and store in a sealed jar for up to 6 months to use whenever you please. To make ¼ cup of pumpkin spice, use the following measurements.

Common Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitution Questions

What If I Don’t Have All of the Above Spices?

If you’re missing a couple of the spices above to create the most accurate version of pumpkin pie spice, don’t worry, you’re not out of luck yet. You can achieve similar results by using cinnamon and whichever of the other spices above you happen to have. To get 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, use ¾ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon ginger, allspice, cloves or nutmeg, whatever you have! If you have two of the above spices, use ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of whichever two spices you do have.

Can I Just Use Cinnamon?

Since pumpkin pie spice is composed mostly of cinnamon, if that’s all you have, just use that! Although your recipe will be missing some of the spice and flavor complexity, you’ll still get a similar autumn feeling as you would with the complete spice blend.

What if I Don’t Have Cinnamon?

If you don’t have ground cinnamon, you can use ginger or allspice in place of pumpkin pie spice. Just use half of the amount called for since ginger and allspice have stronger flavors than cinnamon.

What’s the Difference Between Pumpkin Pie Spice and Apple Pie Spice?

Both of these spice blends have similar ingredients, but the most common difference is that apple pie spice contains ground cardamom that balances out the sweetness of apples. Pumpkin pie spice also usually contains cloves, which is not normally in apple pie spice. Despite these differences though, you can still use these spice blends interchangeably.




Dave Trayford on November 22th, 2023

Thanks for the information about marjoram; virtually impossible to find here in Lexington, North Carolina. I will try a recommended substitution. Good to have your site in case I want to buy this or other spices!

Gastritis Girl on June 28th, 2023

My favorite substitution for pumpkin pie spice is cinnamon, anise, and cloves. It tastes kind of different (a tiny kick of black licorice taste), but it’s easier on the stomach if you’re sensitive.

Spice House on November 23th, 2021

Hi Susan,

You can substitute an equal amount of pumpkin spice for the total amount of spices called for in a recipe. In your case, you would use 1.5 tablespoons of pumpkin spice.

Susan Olson on November 23th, 2021

I have a pumpkin recipe that calls for 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg. I would like to use the Pumpkin Spice – what would be the equivalent measurement if I want to substitute Pumpkin Spice for 1/2 tsp of the three listed spices?
Thank you.

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