You know that pumpkin spice has hit peak popularity when you start to see it not just in lattes but also in lip balm and cough drops. Contrary to its name, pumpkin spice—also known as pumpkin pie spice—doesn’t actually contain any of fall’s favorite squash. Rather, it refers to the mix of various warm spices—think cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and more—that are typically found in recipes for pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin spice is sold at just about any supermarket, but if you have all of the stand-alone ingredients, it’s just as easy to make at home. Learn how to make pumpkin spice using the go-to recipe from the Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice
- 3 Tbs. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
1. In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients until uniformly combined. Use as desired. The remaining spice blend will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 months.
Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen
What to Do with Pumpkin Spice
Once you’ve made pumpkin spice, here are some fun ways to use it beyond pumpkin pie.
- Try one of our 30 Ways with Pumpkin Spice recipes.
- Sprinkle it on top of oats along with some pumpkin puree for an infusion of fall flavor.
- Use 2 tablespoons of it in place of the spices in our Spiced Pumpkin Seed Granola.
- Before brewing, mix it into freshly-ground coffee beans for a warming cup of coffee.
- Elevate any of your favorite pumpkin desserts with an extra dash of the stuff.
- Add a pinch of it to your next batch of pumpkin ravioli.
- Stir it into your morning cup of Greek yogurt.
- Add it to a chocolate-banana smoothie.