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The Un-Pumpkin Pie Spice

Fall's favorite warming spice blend is much more flavorful when you make it yourself.
I love the flavor of pumpkin and I love spices, but I’d rather be maced in the face than eat the pumpkin pie spice blends sold down at the megamart.
This homemade version is so unlike those blends that I call it the Un-Pumpkin Pie spice. And I have to tell you, I actually use it for a lot more than pumpkin pie. I even brew my coffee with it during the cold months.
The key to this mix is quality spices — I get mine from TheSpiceHouse.com.
This recipe first appeared on altonbrown.com.
Pumpkin pie spice ingredients in a white, oval dish.
ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes


  • 3 dry allspice berries
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Specialized Hardware

  • Coffee/spice grinder


  • Grind the allspice berries and star anise pod in a pepper mill or spice grinder.
  • Combine the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg with the ground allspice berries and star anise in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Use within 1 month.