Here’s how to make a quick apple pie spice mix at home.
During the fall baking season, apple pie spice is a wonderfully convenient spice blend to keep on hand.
Instead of digging a bunch of rarely-used spices out of the back of your spice drawer each time you want to make an apple dessert, you can reach for a single jar of premade apple pie spice.
But in my experience, unlike pumpkin pie spice, apple spice isn’t something a ton of people keep stocked in their kitchen. So today I’m going to show you how to mix up a batch at home.
Homemade Apple Pie Spice Substitute
And if you’re here because you’re making a recipe that calls for apple spice and don’t have any mixed up, here are the ratios for a couple different measurements you might need.
For 1 tablespoon
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
For 1 teaspoon
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ lightly heaping teaspoon ground nutmeg
Generous pinch ground allspice
Generous pinch ground cardamom
What is apple pie spice made of?
- Ground cinnamon: Cinnamon is the base flavor for apple pie spice, so you can’t really substitute for or omit it.
- Ground nutmeg: People tend to have strong feelings about nutmeg. If you don’t like nutmeg in your apple pie, you can reduce the amount in your blend by half or omit it completely.
- Allspice: Allspice has a warming, peppery kick to it. It really boosts the flavors of the other spices, but if you don’t have any, you can omit it. You can also replace the allspice with cloves if you prefer.
- Cardamom: Cardamom has an herbal, citrusy flavor that pairs exceptionally well with apples, but again, if you don’t have any, you can omit it.
How to Make Apple Pie Spice
1. Mix: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together until well-mixed.
2. Store: Store in an airtight container (recycled spice jars work GREAT for this) in a cool, dry place for up to 4 months.
3. Use: Use in recipes that call for apple pie spice or your favorite apple recipes when you want to spice things up a little.
Apple Recipes to Spice Up
What is a substitute for apple pie spice?
Aside from making a homemade substitute with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom, in a pinch, you can simply substitute cinnamon for apple pie spice. The dessert won’t have the same depth or complexity of flavor, but apple pie spice is mostly cinnamon, so using cinnamon alone will get the job done.
If you have pumpkin pie spice on hand, you can also substitute it for apple pie spice because they contain similar ingredients.
What is the difference between apple pie spice in pumpkin pie spice?
Pumpkin pie spice is usually made with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice or ground cloves. Apple pie spice is typically cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom. They can be used somewhat interchangeably.
Pumpkin pie spice works well in most apple desserts, but some people might not like the citrusy herbal flavor of cardamom in pumpkin desserts, so you’ll want to really consider the flavor you’re going for before substituting apple pie spice that contains cardamom for pumpkin pie spice.
More Kitchen Staples
- Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Cinnamon Sugar
- How to Make Whipped Cream
- What to Do With Leftover Pumpkin Puree
Apple Pie Spice
- 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together until well-mixed.
- Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 4 months.
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