If there is one flavor that reigns supreme during the fall months, it’s got to be pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice is a blend of ground spices, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, and used in so many pumpkin-inspired foods. Its namesake has us turn to the famous pumpkin pie, but after a few teaspoons are used up—what else can you do with the rest of the container? Plenty, it turns out!
How to Make Pumpkin Spice
While pumpkin spice blends are easy to come by, you can also make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 4 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground cloves, and 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (or mace). Double or triple the basic recipe and store for up to 6 months in an airtight jar. And feel free to tweak the basic formula according to your personal taste.
Mini Weck Jar, $2.99 from The Container Store
Perfect for storing a homemade spice blend.
Now, how to use it all before autumn’s over…
The Best Pumpkin Spice Recipes
From the classic to the delightfully newfangled, enjoy these all fall.
Forget the grande, make this classic latte at home! Inspired by everyone’s favorite coffee shop, our Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is all the flavor without the pumped-up price tag—and less sugar too.
Why settle for a cinnamon roll when you can have this babka (like a cinnamon roll in loaf form)? Swirled with sweet pumpkin pie spice filling and crunchy pecans with a maple glaze, this Pumpkin-Pecan Babka with Cinnamon-Maple Glaze recipe is the perfect thing for a super autumnal Rosh Hashanah—or any fall morning, noon, or night.
For a tangier twist, try this Pumpkin Spice and Cranberry Babka recipe (swapping in 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice for the individually listed spices).
Every fall table should have a bowl of spiced nuts on it at all times, but even better if they’re tossed in this particular blend of seasonings. Crunchy, sweet, and delicately spiced—these nuts bring all the flavors of fall into one crunchy package. Get the Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts recipe. Note: Use about 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice in place of the individually listed spices.
Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice into your pancake batter (use about 1 1/2 teaspoons in place of the individually listed spices here) for a supremely satisfying morning. We fold in toasted pecans, but you can skip them if you prefer. Extra points for pumpkin flavored syrup drizzled on top! Get our Pumpkin Spice Pancake recipe. (Don’t forget to try pumpkin spice waffles too.)
Maple Craft Foods Organic Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup, $8.14+ from Etsy
You can buy or DIY.
Pumpkin spice isn’t just for sweets—the spice blend brings winter squash to its ultimate height of flavor in this roasted butternut squash soup. It’s totally ideal for dipping chunks of hearty bread and you will never miss any dairy in this ultra-creamy dish. Get the Sweet Spiced Butternut Squash Soup recipe.
It’s time to turn on your favorite horror movie (or maybe keep it G-rated with “Hocus Pocus”) and much on fall’s favorite snack: pumpkin spice popcorn—bonus points if it’s drizzled with decadent white chocolate. Get comfy with a bowl of this Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn recipe on the couch, or pack a little in some lucky kid’s school lunch.
Homemade granola is easier than you think, and easy to switch up with the seasons too. Fresh pecans, hearty pumpkin seeds, and a generous pinch of salt turn regular ol’ oats into a warm and cozy breakfast or snack. Feel free to change up the type of nuts, or omit altogether. Get the Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola recipe.
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OK, so cinnamon rolls are a lot easier than babka. But skip the tube—these cinnamon rolls, swirled with delicious pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar filling, are miles more delicious than anything you’ll find in the refrigerator case, and would be perfect for your fall-themed brunch. Top with rich and tangy cream cheese frosting for extra decadence. Get the Pumpkin Pie Spice Cinnamon Roll recipe.
Jazz up ordinary cupcakes by mixing pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into both the batter and the cream cheese frosting for the ultimate fall-flavored snack. Get our Pumpkin Spice Cupcake recipe. Note: Substitute cupcake spices for 5 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, and 1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin spice in the frosting in place of listed spices.
Yes, you can sip on your favorite fall flavor even if you’re not a pumpkin spice latte fan. Our Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur recipe calls for steeping whole spices in aged rum (along with pumpkin and brown sugar), but if you’re looking for a way to use up your pumpkin spice blend, sprinkle a few teaspoons—or more if you want—into the mix instead. Use it in fall cocktails, or to make our Spiked Pumpkin Spice Coffee recipe.
This rich and creamy marbled pumpkin cheesecake would be the perfect thing for a Thanksgiving table, but the pumpkin spice and gingersnap crust make it ideal all fall too. Get our Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake recipe. Note: Use about 1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin spice in place of the cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg called for here.
Pumpkin pie spice is totally applicable to dinnertime! Warm spice and hot chile heat balance perfectly in this Spicy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili recipe. The pumpkin puree makes a super smooth texture and the pumpkin pie spice definitely contributes a rich depth of flavor.
Related Reading: More Secret Ingredients for Your Chili
For another example of how seamlessly pumpkin spice can meld with savory ingredients, try this Pumpkin Tortelloni recipe with pumpkin seeds and fresh sage. Use 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice in place of the cinnamon and nutmeg called for.
Or for an easier option, make this Pumpkin Pasta with Poblano and Shrimp from Nikki Dinki, but use about 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice in place of the pinches of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Every Instagrammer’s favorite things include pumpkin spice and tacos. If you put the two together, you get this incredible Pumpkin Pie Spice Pork Taco recipe with creamy chipotle slaw.
The polar opposite of a warm PSL, this cold and creamy pumpkin pie-inspired ice cream is nonetheless full of warm spices for a cozy flavor despite its chill. Get our Pumpkin Ice Cream recipe. Note: Use 1 teaspoon of your pumpkin spice blend instead of the cinnamon and ginger called for.
If you like the thought of a frosty fall treat but don’t have an ice cream maker, try our Pumpkin Spice Shake recipe. It combines store-bought vanilla ice cream with pumpkin spice (use 1 teaspoon in place of the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg listed), plus a little pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and just enough milk to give it the perfect texture.
Check out all the best of pumpkins on Chowhound, and the rest of our pumpkin spice recipes too.
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Rachel Johnson wrote the original version of this story in 2017. It has been updated with additional images, links, and text.
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