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Easy Homemade Apple Pie Spice

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Are you ready to add a dash of apple spice to your baking? Look no further than homemade apple pie spice. This incredible blend of warm and comforting flavors can take your fall recipes to the next level. 

Whether you’re whipping up a traditional apple pie or experimenting with new treats, this essential spice blend is a game-changer, and you don’t have to buy a special mix for your spice cabinet.

You can make your own spice blend. Discover how simple it is to create this aromatic blend from scratch and learn the secrets of enhancing your favorite fall-inspired treats. So, let’s get started!

Why Make Homemade Apple Pie Spice?

There are plenty of reasons to opt for homemade apple pie spice instead of store-bought versions. Firstly, making your own homemade spices allows you to have full control over the ingredients and their quality. You no longer have to worry about any artificial additives or preservatives. By hand-picking each spice, you can ensure a fresher and more natural flavor profile.

Additionally, crafting your own apple pie spice gives you the freedom to customize the blend to your personal preferences. Not a fan of nutmeg? Feel free to adjust the ratios or even swap out certain spices altogether. You can experiment with different combinations until you find the perfect balance of warmth and sweetness that suits your taste buds.

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Another advantage of homemade apple pie spice is its versatility. While it is most commonly associated with apple pie, this aromatic blend can elevate a wide range of recipes beyond the classic dessert. From muffins and pancakes to oatmeal and roasted vegetables, a sprinkle of homemade apple pie spice can infuse a cozy and autumnal flavor into your cooking.

By making your own apple pie spice, you also ensure a steady supply whenever you need it. No more last-minute trips to the grocery store only to find an empty shelf where the spice should be. With a well-stocked pantry of homemade apple pie spice, you can indulge in the comforting flavors of fall all year round.

Apple Pie Spice Vs Pumpkin Pie Spice

So, what’s the difference between apple pie spice and its close cousin – pumpkin pie spice? While both spices contain warm, aromatic flavors that perfectly complement the cozy vibes of fall, they have distinct flavors that set them apart.

Apple pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger. This combination lends a delightful sweetness to apple desserts and brings out the natural flavors of the fruit. With its warm and comforting aroma, apple pie spice adds a touch of nostalgia to any recipe it graces.

On the other hand, pumpkin pie spice shares some similarities with its apple counterpart but has its own unique profile. This spice blend typically includes cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. You can find my recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice here! (It’s perfect for those fall pumpkin spice lattes and all of that pumpkin pie!)

Apple Pie Spice Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own homemade spice blend. Try to use spices that are as fresh as possible, as these will give you the best results no matter what spice mixes you’re making at home. 

apple pie spice ingredients

How to Make Apple Pie Spice

To make your own apple pie spice mix, you will need these four or five ingredients in their ground form or freshly ground. 

  1. First, gather your ingredients and a glass spice jar you’re planning to store it in. 
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, and cloves if you’re using them.. Use a small whisk to fully incorporate the spices in the diy blend. If you want stronger flavors of any of the spices, go ahead and more of them at this point. 
  3. Transfer the homemade apple pie spice blend to an airtight container, such as a small jar or a spice tin, using a funnel or piece of paper rolled up. 
  4. Label your spice jar accordingly, and be sure to store out of direct sunlight. 

Now that you have your homemade apple pie spice blend ready, you’re just a step away from transforming your ordinary apple recipes into a masterpiece of flavors. Let’s explore the numerous ways you can use this aromatic spice blend to enhance not only your apple pie but also other delightful treats. Get ready to elevate your baking game with the irresistible allure of apple pie spice.

Ways to Use Apple Pie Spice

  • Apple Pie Filling- One classic use for apple pie spice is, of course, in your homemade apple pie filling. Sprinkle a generous amount of the spice blend over your sliced apples, along with some sugar, flour, and a touch of lemon juice, for a warm and comforting filling that will tantalize your taste buds. The combination of spices will give your pie that signature fall flavor. 
  • Fall Fruit Crisp: Incorporate it into your apple crisps, pear crisps or any other fall fruit recipes. (See my recipe for Easy Pear Crisp.) 
  • Crumble or Streusel Toppings: Also use it for a crumble topping for an extra layer of warmth and complexity. 
  • Fall Breakfasts: You can even mix apple pie spice into your pancake or waffle batter for a cozy breakfast treat that will make your mornings feel extra special.
  • Air Fried Apples: ​If you’re cutting back on the sweets, thinly slice apples and place in air fryer basket. Sprinkle with apple pie spice and air fry until soft and delicious. 
  • Apple Muffins: Take apple muffins to the next level or substitute this apple pie spice in for the spices in my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins for a distinct flavor difference. 
  • Fall Drinks: Beyond desserts, apple pie spice can also turn ordinary beverages into something extraordinary. Add a teaspoon of the spice blend to your morning coffee grounds for a cozy and aromatic cup of joe. Dust a little on top of your hot chocolate or latte for a seasonal twist. You can even infuse your favorite tea with apple pie spice by steeping a small amount in hot water before enjoying the comforting flavors.

Homemade apple pie spice is the secret ingredient that will take your fall baking to new heights. By creating this essential blend from scratch, you can infuse your favorite recipes with a comforting warmth that will delight your taste buds. Whether you’re indulging in a slice of apple pie or adding a sprinkle to your morning oatmeal, this versatile spice blend will elevate your dishes and impress your loved ones. 

So why wait? Start experimenting with homemade apple pie spice today and discover the magic it brings to your fall-inspired treats!

Yield: 1/4 cup

Easy Apple Pie Spice

Easy apple pie spice recipe

Make this easy homemade apple pie spice to use in all of your favorite fall recipes including apple pie, muffins, pancakes, apple crisp, and more!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg (I use whole nutmeg that I grate fresh when I need to use it.)
  • 1 tsp Cardamom (also delicious in tea!)
  • 1 tsp ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Clove (optional)

Instructions

  1. First, gather your ingredients and a glass spice jar you're planning to store it in. 
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, and cloves if you're using them.. Use a small whisk to fully incorporate the spices in the diy blend. If you want stronger flavors of any of the spices, go ahead and more of them at this point. 
  3. Transfer the homemade apple pie spice blend to an airtight container, such as a small jar or a spice tin, using a funnel or piece of paper rolled up. 
  4. Label your spice jar accordingly, and be sure to store out of direct sunlight. 

Notes

Ways to use apple pie spice:

  • Apple Pie Filling- One classic use for apple pie spice is, of course, in your homemade apple pie filling. Sprinkle a generous amount of the spice blend over your sliced apples, along with some sugar, flour, and a touch of lemon juice, for a warm and comforting filling that will tantalize your taste buds. The combination of spices will give your pie that signature fall flavor. 
  • Fall Fruit Crisp: Incorporate it into your apple crisps, pear crisps or any other fall fruit recipes. (See my recipe for Easy Pear Crisp.) 
  • Crumble or Struesel Toppings: Also use it for a crumble topping for an extra layer of warmth and complexity. 
  • Fall Breakfasts: You can even mix apple pie spice into your pancake or waffle batter for a cozy breakfast treat that will make your mornings feel extra special.
  • Air Fried Apples: ​If you're cutting back on the sweets, thinly slice apples and place in air fryer basket. Sprinkle with apple pie spice and air fry until soft and delicious. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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