This Is What Is in Apple Pie Spice (and How to Make It at Home)

Ever wondered what is in apple pie spice? We're going to teach you the core ingredients so you can make your own blend at home.

There are certain fall spices, like cinnamon and cloves, that are ideal for baking. They warm your heart, keep your tummy happy and taste incredible—especially when combined. And while you can take the time to measure out each of your spices every time you bake, there’s a blend that combines all your favorite flavors: apple pie spice.

What is in apple pie spice?

It’s a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. You can also add cardamom, cloves or ginger, depending on your palate, to create a custom blend.

How to Make Apple Pie Spice

For this recipe, you’ll want a mini jar to store your blend. You’ll make a good amount, so don’t waste any!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons allspice

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, then use a small whisk or fork to blend spices together. Transfer to a mini jar and store tightly covered. Use in your favorite apple pie recipes!

Make the Apple Pie Spice Blend Your Own

If you prefer one spice over the others, feel free to experiment with your apple pie spice recipe. Adjust the ratios to ensure you’re hitting your favorite flavor combo, and if you’re interested in introducing other spices into the mix, consider adjusting the recipe as follows:

Infuse it with ginger

Ginger has a very distinct taste that can elevate your bake. Add 1/2 teaspoon to your apple pie spice to add a flowery note.

Add a hint of cloves

Cloves are incredibly powerful—one whiff and you’ll be transported to the holiday season. Use this spice lightly; it can easily overpower your blend. Add 1/8 teaspoon to the recipe above for a powerful kick.

Sprinkle in some cardamom

Cardamom is not as aromatic as cinnamon, but it still packs a flavorful punch. It’s a milder spice that can still bring a lot to the table, adding a slightly earthy taste to your blend. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to your blend, depending on your taste.

How to Use Apple Pie Spice in Your Recipes

You’ve got your apple pie spice blend, a blue-ribbon snickerdoodle recipe and a can-do attitude—now what? You can use apple pie spice in place of warm spices in all kinds of recipes. You can do a 1-for-1 substitution while baking. If the recipe calls for a tablespoon of cinnamon, use a tablespoon of your blend. If it calls for a teaspoon of cinnamon and a 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, use 1-1/2 teaspoons of your blend.

Don’t forget to experiment! Half the fun of creating a new spice blend is testing how many recipes you can use it in. This apple pie spice is great for cookies, crumbles and—obviously—pies, but try using it in other recipes that are cinnamon- or nutmeg-heavy, like a hearty batch of cinnamon rolls or a bowl of oatmeal.

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Kate Ellsworth
Kate is an avid baker, knitter and writer. Her passions include Star Wars, stress baking and—of course—chocolate. When she's not chasing her partner around the house asking him to try her latest recipe, Kate is probably knitting (another) sweater.