Homemade Apple Pie Spice

Homemade apple pie spice

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Yield: 1/4 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
4 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 6mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Save money and make your own apple pie spice mix. This easy homemade apple pie spice is a fabulous shortcut to spice up apple pie, cobbler, and the like, but it has uses beyond baked goods. Once you start adding it to transform various things into autumn-worthy treats, you'll come up with many more ways to enjoy it.

The apple pie spice recipe is made with four common ground spices you may already have on hand. It's similar to pumpkin pie spice, which uses ginger rather than cardamom. The apple version also focuses a bit more on the nutmeg, and there are simple ways to customize the flavor. The recipe makes 1/4 cup of apple pie spice. It's easy to scale up or down to suit your needs, and an empty, clean herb jar or a small canning jar is a great way to store the bulk spice blend.

Use the spice in apple pie, spice cake or cupcakes, cookies, and pumpkin or other fruit pie recipes. Generally, you can add 1 tablespoon to many baked goods. Or use it to replace all of the spices in a recipe; add them up and use the total amount when measuring the apple pie spice. It's also an excellent substitute in recipes that call for ground cinnamon alone and can be used as an equal measure.

There are other uses for the apple pie spice as well. For instance, add 1/2 teaspoon to a cup of cream to make spiced whipped cream. Sprinkle it over the top of yogurt, oatmeal, or ice cream, or use it instead of cinnamon for your French toast or pancakes. Blend it into smoothies for an interesting take on the pumpkin spice smoothie, or turn your favorite PSL recipe into an equally delicious apple spice latte with this blend and an apple purée. It's also a handy substitute for mulling spice when making mulled cider or wine.


  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for pie spice
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  2. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

    Combine ingredients in small bowl
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  3. Store the apple pie spice it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

    Pie spice mix
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  • The recipe is easily scaled down for a small amount. For 1 tablespoon of apple pie spice, combine 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon with 3/4 teaspoons of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace the allspice and cardamom with ground ginger for an extra kick.
  • Replace the cardamom with ground cloves if you want a festive twist.