Apple Pie Spice

Apple Pie Spice

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Apple pie spice, like pumpkin pie spice and several others, can be made from spices that you already have on hand. While it is easier to buy it, making your own not only saves you money, but you can also customize the spice ratios to your liking. This apple pie spice comes together in less than 5 minutes, and will definitely make enough to get you through the fall baking season!

What can be used in place of apple pie spice?

If you don’t have nutmeg or allspice on hand, you can just substitute 1:1 with cinnamon, since apple pie spice largely consists of cinnamon.

Is apple pie spice the same as pumpkin pie spice?

No! If you read the ingredient labels of store-bought apple pie spice, the ingredients are cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, in that order. Whereas for store-bought pumpkin pie spice, the ingredients are cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and sulfiting agents (YUCK!), in that order. Occasionally, homemade recipes will also add in cardamom and cloves. So basically the differentiating spice between the two, is the addition of ginger (and sometimes cardamom and cloves) to pumpkin pie spice.

Can I use apple pie spice instead of pumpkin pie spice?

Sure! I would just make sure to add in ginger, and also cloves and cardamom if you have them. For 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice, I would add to it 1/4 teaspoon ginger, one pinch of cloves, and one smidgen of cardamom. The cardamom isn’t critical and can be omitted, and the cloves can be as well, because the taste of it is captured by allspice.

How do you make allspice?

If you were to smell allspice, it would smell like a combination of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper. Despite the many recipes online for making homemade allspice, its actually not a mixture of spices at all. According to this article by The Spruce Eats, “…allspice is a spice made from the dried berries of a plant known as Pimenta dioica.” The berries resemble black peppercorns! To make the ground allspice that is sold in stores, the berries are picked from the tree before they are ripe, dried, and ground up. This is a spice I recommend everyone having on hand in their spice cabinet, as you can use it to make other homemade spice mixtures. However, if you ever find yourself without it, you can always make a mixture that mimics the taste by combining equal parts ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. I might also toss in a very small amount of finely ground black pepper.

How to Make Apple Pie Spice

1. In a small storage container (I used a mason jar), measure out all of the spices into the jar. Secure the lid and shake to mix everything together. Store until the earliest expiration date of the spices used.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in a small glass jar on a wood plank background, Apple pie spice in a small glass jar on a wood plank background, In the upper left is the lid.

Apple Pie Spice

This apple pie spice recipe comes together in under 5 minutes! It saves you money, and you can also customize the spice ratio to your liking.

Course Homemade Mixes
Cuisine American
Keyword apple pie spice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 teaspoons
Calories 7 kcal
Author The Panicked Foodie

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/8 teaspoon allspice

Instructions

  1. In a small storage container (I used a mason jar), measure out all of the spices into the jar. Secure the lid and shake to mix everything together. Store until the earliest expiration date of the spices used.

Recipe Notes

Credit: The Panicked Foodie

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