Whenever fall rolls around, I make a beeline to the kitchen to whip up my favorite apple pie spice. Loaded with classic spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger, it’s a super-comforting blend that works in everything from apple pie to muffins, pancakes, and warm bowls of oatmeal.
It’s incredibly fragrant, and my family always knows when I’ve come home with a bushel of apples as the waft of glorious spices just floats through the house.
Trust me, it’s dreamy!
When I couldn’t find apple pie spice at the store one fateful fall evening, I decided to take things into my own hands. I also put cardamon into the blend a few years ago as it has a slight spiciness that you’ll often find in Indian cooking. It gives the blend a depth of flavor that you won’t find anywhere else.
Although I love using this blend for apple pie, it works with virtually any apple-based dessert during the fall. And if you’re really creative, you can even use it in a DIY beauty scrub for beautifully exfoliated skin. It’s just that versatile!
If the taste and ease of use weren’t enough to convince you to give this recipe a whirl, perhaps the fact that it’s almost a one-step recipe will! All you need to do is measure out your spices, stir them in a small bowl, and place the finished mix into a mason jar in the pantry.
Not only will your mix be fresh and on hand for those last-minute apple pies, but it saves you trawling through the grocery aisles for their elusive apple pie spice. Oh, and it’ll save you tons of money in the long run too!
Why You’ll Love This Apple Pie Spice
- It’s ridiculously easy to make!
- It stores incredibly well and won’t spoil for years.
- It’s far cheaper than buying store-bought varieties (and often tastes better too!).
- It’s packed with warming and comforting fall flavors.
- It will lift any apple dessert to new heights!
How to Make Apple Pie Spice
- Step One: Add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Step Two: Store in a mason jar in your pantry.
Yep – that’s it, this recipe is a total breeze to make!
Making this apple pie spice couldn’t be easier. You just need a few pieces of equipment to bring things to life!
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What to Make with Apple Pie Spice
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- You can easily scale the recipe up or down depending on how much apple pie spice you need to make. Just adjust the measurements accordingly.
- It’s important to seal your spice blend properly to keep it fresh. Storing it in a mason jar should help your spices keep their aromatic flavors.
- Double-check your base spices before throwing them in the mix. Overly lumpy spice bottles may have expired and won’t give you the perfectly smooth spice mix you’re looking for!
Variations and Substitutions
- The spices used in this recipe are pretty classic, but you can leave out the ginger and cardamom if you don’t want the added warmth.
- To make this spice blend even warmer, add half a teaspoon of clove!
- If you don’t want to include the cardamom, it’s best to double the allspice measurement.
Store your apple pie spice in airtight mason jars in a cool and dry place. It’s also best to keep your mixture out of direct sunlight to make it last longer! It should stay safe to eat for up to 2 years, but I doubt it’ll last that long.
Can I Freeze?
There’s no need to as it’ll stay fresh in the cupboard!
Just remember that your ground spices might lose their flavor over time, so don’t leave it too long before enjoying them.
- Nobby Apple Cake – You can’t beat this old-school vintage cake recipe on those chilly fall days. Loaded with walnuts, apple chunks, and classic spices, it’s a dessert for the books!
- Apple Spice Cake – This delicious apple spice cake is packed with apples, raisins, and spices to create the perfect fall bite. Oh, and don’t forget about the orange glaze!
- Baked Apple Cider Donuts – If you’d like something apple-flavored that’s tender, sweet, and soft, then you’ll adore these apple cider donuts.
- Apple Upside-Down Cake – I love a good upside-down cake and this glorious fall dessert is the perfect excuse to use your apple pie spice! It’s tart but has plenty of sweetness, making it a great choice for the whole family.
- Maple Apple Pudding – To round off a fall dinner, why not try this wonderful maple apple pudding? The apples and cinnamon are standout ingredients, and you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a touch of indulgence.
You’ll also like this pumpkin pie spice.
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- 3 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cardamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Store in a mason jar in your pantry.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1/3 cup Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 14gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g