How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice

I read and hear the debates every year at this time: Pumpkin Spice Coffee, or no?

Pumpkin Spice MIx

I promise to love you no matter your preference in this matter, but I have to admit that when it comes to Pumpkin Spice in my coffee: I heartily vote no!

Not that I’ve actually ever tried it. I’m sorry. I’m a coffee-with-cream girl and I’ve already made up my mind about Pumpkin Spice Lattes before I’ve tried a sip. Can I pretend to be a 5-year old and say, “I don’t like that” even though I’ve never actually tried it?

I’ll try all the new vegetables put in front of me. I’ll give most foods a fair chance. But when it comes to my beloved coffee combined with the fun, seasonal pumpkin spice, that is where I must draw the line.

I do love eating a pumpkin spice treat with my coffee. But to stir the pumpkin spice directly into my coffee, on purpose, with a spoon? Now why would I want to go and ruin my morning like that? Why?

I’d love to hear how all of you feel about the infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes. It’s possible that some of you love them so much that you are convinced that they were served at The First Thanksgiving. With a dollop of cool whip. And topped with a candy corn.

I can’t even.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Mix

Now the cinnamon-nutmeg-clove pumpkin spice combination itself – this is the essence of fall. When making a pumpkin treat of any kind, I have always pulled out the variety of spices needed and added them each separately. But in the name of simplicity, this year I decided to shake together my own little jar of Pumpkin Spice perfection.

This year as I make all of our fun pumpkin muffins, pies, pancakes, and cookies, I’ll save myself a bit of time and effort and get out my cute jar of Pumpkin Spice.

Think of all the precious seconds I’ll save because of this new jar of Pumpkin Spice I have finally added to my kitchen. Thanks to this, I’ll actually have time to tie my shoes before running out the door.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice
Serves: ½ cup
  • ¼ cup ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon ground allspice
  1. Mix all ingredients and store the spice blend in an airtight container.

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Spice Mix

What to Make with Pumpkin Spice

From now on, I’ll sub my Pumpkin Spice in all my Pumpkin Recipes!

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Here are some of our featured Pumpkin Recipes!

Be on the lookout this fall for several new recipes we can use with Pumpkin Spice. I’ve been experimenting and to be sure, my house smells wonderfully pumpkin spicy all the time right now!

If you’d like to shake some Pumpkin Spice into your coffee, please go right ahead. I’ll even sit with you while you drink it. We can still be friends.

Do tell. Are you a Pumpkin Spice Latte lover?


  1. Jennifer says

    I respect your food preferences, and you are completely free to never try pumpkin spice coffee, but I would suggest sprinkling a little cinnamon on your next cup of coffee. It adds a nice little bit of something that is reminiscent of fall and just changes things up slightly :) I understand not wanting to pay $5 for extra sugar and artificial flavors in a PSL from Starbucks, but if you never try adding spices to your coffee, you might miss out on something good!


  2. Suzi says

    Laura, trying to print but just get a blank page. It is me? Thank you for the recipe!


    Laura Reply:

    Hmm, I just tested and it is working for me. Hope your computer will cooperate. (Maybe it doesn’t like pumpkin spice?!)


  3. Laura A says

    I don’t stir it into my coffee, but I have been known to sprinkle some on the grounds before I brew it. I also have made my own pumpkin spice blend for years. I added cardamom to my spice mix. It adds another dimension!


  4. Shelley says

    I’m like you. I just tried pumpkin spiced coffee last Sunday and didn’t care for it. I’d rather have some pumpkin pie or pumpkin muffins with my plain coffee (with a little cream of course). Thanks for the recipe!


  5. Laura S says

    You are so funny! Yes, I’m sure the pilgrims hurried to build the first Starbucks right after they saved all their leftovers in Tupperware and baggies.
    Then they put away the tables and folding chairs they borrowed from the local church, lol.

    I am good either way. My coffee with real cream and stevia is delicious and I don’t like to mess with it. But if I go out with friends during the “pumpkin spice” season, I will get a PSL.


  6. Tracy says

    I love to add cinnamon to my coffee grounds before brewing. However, I just tried my first PSL from Starbucks, and I’m not a fan. I only made it maybe a third of the way through the smallest size and it made me physically ill. Too much sugar!! And I even admit to having a sweet tooth. Don’t know how people drink that stuff.


  7. Birdie says

    Hi Laura;

    I tried a home made version of pumpkin spice coffee. I joy and thrill in the blessings of food, but not with this. I’ll stick with everything pumpkin and spice but not with this, 8-)


    Birdie Reply:

    I tried a Pumpkin Blizzard and mmmmm! Totally different yum experience!


  8. Rebecca says

    Interestingly, in Australia we have a product called Mixed Spice. You buy it in the herbs & spices aisle of any supermarket. I think it is the same thing – it contains the same ingredients as your Pumpkin Spice. Never thought about putting it in my coffee – but I do love a chai latte, so maybe I’ll give it a try!


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