Reader question… “I’ve noticed that a lot of recipes list pumpkin pie spice mix as an ingredient. I almost bought a jar of it when I was grocery shopping but I don’t think I will be using it very much, it was expensive, and I wondered was it something I could make myself. I already make your Italian Seasoning mix. Would you perhaps have a recipe for making pumpkin pie spice?” –Lilith P.

I have also noticed that many newer recipes are listing pumpkin pie spice as an ingredient instead of so many individual spices… and yes, it is a very easy spice mix to make. Most of the commercial pumpkin pie spice mixes are just a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Many add a sulfiting agent as a preservative and to retain color.

Pumpkin pie spice mix is usually made with 4 parts ground cinnamon, 2 parts ground ginger, 1 part ground allspice berries, and 1 part ground nutmeg. Using these proportions, you can make as much or as little of the spice mix as you want.

These are the amounts I use:

2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground allspice berries
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Mix thoroughly. This makes 4 teaspoons of the pumpkin pie spice mix, which is usually more than enough for any recipe. I store any excess in a washed and labeled recycled spice jar. The blend will keep (AND without any sulfiting agents!) as long as the individual spices would, but if you want to make a smaller amount, use a 1/4 teaspoon or a 1/8 teaspoon as your base measurement.