Apple Pie Spice

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This easy-to-make Apple Pie Spice combines cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and cloves to create a comforting blend that can be used in so many recipes!

This post includes a recipe for making homemade apple pie spice, how to use your homemade spice blend, and ideas for giving this spice blend as a gift (with free printables!)

Image of Apple Pie Spice in a container.

I use a ridiculous amount of apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice come fall time. It was getting a little crazy paying $4-$5 for a few tablespoons of a blend, so after reading the labels of my favorite apple pie spice blend and playing around with quantities a bit, I’m excited to share this recipe with you.

There are so many ways to use this spice blend! In fact, it can transform an unexciting jar of overnight oats into something you’re looking forward to eating in the morning. Spices are beautiful things and taking several and tossing them together in a blend? I think you’re going to love this! 

Image of Apple Pie Spice recipe in a bowl with all the ingredients.

FAQs

What is apple pie spice?

Apple pie spice is essentially a blend of spices that are often called for in baked goods with apples.

What is in Apple Pie Spice?

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cardamom
  • Allspice
  • Cloves

You can purchase apple pie spice in the store, but ounce for ounce, it’s pricier than the same quantity of a single spice. And while it initially costs a bit more to buy five jars of individual spices, when you get it all blended and turned into your own Apple Pie Spice, you’ll have five bottles’ worth of of it. Now that’s saving some money!

This spice blend is cheaper to make from home and you can also customize your spice blend exactly how you like it. Spice blends vary from brand to brand, but generally all include cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Often blends will include cardamom and ground cloves. My recipe blend has all five spices and we love it!

Feel free to tweak and adjust your spice blend to meet your personal preferences.

What’s the difference between pumpkin pie spice and apple pie spice?

I have a homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe too, which I use the most in my home! The two spice blends are similar, but they both have slightly different spices and different proportions of the spices. My pumpkin pie spice blend has ginger and no cardamom. 

Image of the bowl showing what is in Apple Pie Spice

How to use Apple Pie Spice

There are so many ways to use this spice blend! Below are some ideas:

  • Add to homemade applesauce, your morning bowl of oatmeal, into apple pancakes, waffles, or French toast, or your morning apple smoothie.
  • Use in these apple muffins or this apple fritter bread.
  • Add to this apple crumble, your favorite apple pie recipe, or this caramel apple cheesecake.
  • Use in coffee cake, apple cookies, or any other apple-filled treats.
  • Aim to use about 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Apple Pie Spice blend per 6 medium-sized apples.

Storing Apple Pie Spice

Store your homemade spice blend in an airtight container out of any direct sunlight. I like buying re-usable spice jars (here are my favorite spice containers; affiliate link). Really, though, you can use any small glass jars, like WECK or mason jars or any small bottle with a lid.

Gifting homemade spices

I’m all about gifting these cute spice blends to friends, family members, or co-workers. Add a homemade label (Download FREE printable labels here) on brown Kraft sticker paper and stick on the top or side of a small glass mason jar. Here’s the exact label paper I use; it can be found here.

The free printable also includes a few extra designed labels in case you want to gift a whole basket of spices. 

You can print the labels on paper, cut them out, and attach with glue or double sided tape of some sort. If you’d rather, you can use label stickers. Grab some jars or spice containers, tie on some twine and gift away!

Image of the spice in a container ready to be used.

  • The recipe is easily scaled up or down depending on what you need.
  • For 1 tablespoon of apple pie spice: Whisk together 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoons of nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom.

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Apple Pie Spice

5 from 2 votes
This easy-to-make apple pie spice combines cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and cloves to create a comforting blend that can be used in so many recipes!
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Apple Pie Spice

5 from 2 votes
This easy-to-make apple pie spice combines cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and cloves to create a comforting blend that can be used in so many recipes!
Course Spice
Cuisine American
Keyword apple pie spice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 spice container
Calories 30kcal
Cost $0.85

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • Pinch ground cloves

Instructions

  • Mix all of the spices together. Store in an airtight container out of direct sunlight.
  • To make 1 tablespoon apple pie spice: Whisk together 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoons of nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom

Recipe Notes

For ways to use your homemade apple pie spice, check out the post!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 30kcal

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These calories are for the whole container of apple pie spice. There are no significant calories in each individual serving.

Nutrition facts in apple pie spice

 

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14 Comments

  1. We had an unconventional Thanksgiving too. We went to the beach for the first time! Had a blast though.

    Glad you had a great holiday. And you can’t ever go wrong with pancakes, right?

    Love this simple gift. I’m sure it would be welcomed by whoever receives it.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  2. 5 stars
    I made the pumpkin pie spice to use in all the pumpkin recipes I was making for a bridal shower. I doubled the recipe and ended up using almost the entire thing in one weekend of baking! I love the taste of fresh ground nutmeg in it–it makes a huge difference! You can buy whole nutmeg in the spice section, and then grate it as needed with a zester. It’s a little expensive compared to ground nutmeg, but it’ll last a REALLY long time and is SO much better!

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