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How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

'Tis the season for all things pumpkin pie spiced. When I went to pick up some  pumpkin pie spice recently I was surprised how expensive it was. Pumpkin pie spice is just a blend of spices you probably already have in the pantry so it's just as easy and a lot cheaper to make your own.

What's in it?

This aromatic spice blend is made of  ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. Some brands also include cloves and mace. If you're looking for a traditional recipe  with the four spices, this one is for you:

Pumpkin Pie Spice I

Pumpkin Pie Spice I

Photo by CC♥'s2bake

Pumpkin Pie Spice II

If you prefer your pumpkin spice with the addition of cloves you'll love this one:

Pumpkin Pie Spice II

Pumpkin Pie Spice II | Photo by Dianne

Why make it at home?

Making your own is a great idea. It's cheaper, especially if you have all the ingredients. Also you can make it to your own taste. You can add a little mace if that's your thing, or add some extra cloves.

What new recipes can I make with it?

Besides the obvious -- pumpkin pie, there are lots of ways to use this awesome spice. Add it cakes, desserts, and even breakfast granola to keep those fall vibes going all day long. Here are some new and different recipes to try.

Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Granola

Make every morning feel like a fall morning.

Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Granola

Photo by tahoegirl

Pumpkin Cannoli

The Italian classic gets a seasonal makeover.

Carrot Cake with Bourbon Cheesecake Swirl

Add it to carrot cake to give it an extra lift.

Carrot Cake with Bourbon Cheesecake Swirl

Photo by Stasty Cook

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.