How to Make Pumpkin Spice for All Your Favorite Fall Foods

Look, nobody’s proud of it. It’s something associated with teenage girls and Ugg boots, or middle-aged mothers and the Hobby Lobby. At this time of year, every “Karen” in the country walks around singing their praises and decorates every nook and cranny of their home accordingly with plastic gourds and faux foliage. But the sad truth is that pumpkin spice is delicious.

It is like that, and there is nothing we can do about it. So we say, if you can’t beat them, join them. Put on some flannel and embrace your inner base brother. Stand up and proudly declare your passion for pumpkin spice. And we dare say, take it a step further by making your own mix at home. Because this time of year, adding this easy-to-prepare spice blend to just about anything will get you in the leaf-hopping, apple-picking, and hay-making mood. And we are here for that.

Almost every food and beverage brand has jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon over the past few years. Of course, the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is the leader of the pack, selling the popular drink millions each fall. Brands like Nespresso and Swiss Miss have also benefited from the trend. Our favorites are the most unusual pairings – Pumpkin Spice Oreos, anyone? Or how about cracking open a Cold Pumpkin Spice Seltzer courtesy of Bud Light? Regardless of the reach of these brands, there seem to be customers who just can’t live without this popular spice in their favorite foods and beverages.

The good news is that with this simple recipe, you too can give anything you desire a pumpkin spice kick. Simply sprinkle your coffee beans a little for a little fall flavor in your brew. Sprinkle some toast or pancakes on those chilly fall mornings. Add a little to your vanilla milkshake if you’re still in the heat of summer and can’t wait for fall to begin! And of course, use it in all your favorite pumpkin spice recipes, like pies and cakes.

Pumpkin Spice Recipe


This recipe is ridiculously easy to make. No cooking required – just mix up a few things you probably already have in the cupboard, and bam. Homemade pumpkin spice. Pro tip: Prepare a big batch, find some pretty jars and give them as gifts. Your charm meter just skyrocketed.

Maybe make a few extras, tag them with your number, and hand them out in front of Starbucks? Sounds like a brilliant plan to us.


  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Store in a tightly closed jar.

That’s it! You are now ready to put pumpkin spice on… well, just about anything!

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