Save some money this Fall by making this Apple Pie Spice recipe. It comes in handy for more than just apple pie!

This recipe makes twenty-four servings for about $3.21. The recipe costs around $0.13 per serving.

A measuring spoon picking up some of the finished Apple Pie Spice recipe.

Apple Pie Spice is everything Fall should be: warm and comforting flavors. It combines rich cinnamon with fresh and earthy nutmeg with a touch of sweetness from the other spices. You can skip the store brand and make it yourself following my simple recipe.

My recipe calls for the perfect blend of spices to create a delicious homemade Apple Pie Spice that will elevate whatever you add the it to.

What You’ll Love About Apple Pie Spice:

  • Cost-Effective: In the long run, making your spice blends is less expensive than buying them pre-made in the store. 
  • Quality Ingredients: When you make your spice blends, you get to choose the high-quality ingredients you use with no additives or preservatives. 
  • Fresh Taste: Freshly ground nutmeg creates a better, more vibrant taste. 

Before we get into everything pumpkin, I love to cook and bake with Apple Pie Spice! Today I’m sharing my homemade, Apple Pie Spice recipe!

A jar full of Apple Pie Spice.

Ingredients and Estimated Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.13

Recipe Cost: $3.21

  • ⅓ cup cinnamon – $0.91
  • 2 ½ teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg – $1.57
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice – $0.21
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger – $0.24
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom – $0.28

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in August 2023.

All of the ingredients needed to make this recipe.

How To Make Apple Pie Spice

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

  1. First, add all of the ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Stir until combined. 
  3. Then, transfer to an air-tight glass jar and begin using as desired. 

A picture collage showing how to make this recipe.

10 Uses For Apple Pie Spice

  1. Snickerdoodles. Instead of rolling the cookie dough in cinnamon & sugar, swap out the cinnamon for this Apple Pie Spice recipe. Amazing! Check out my Snickerdoodles recipe!
  2. Oatmeal. Sprinkle the spice mix on your oatmeal in the morning, and instead of using water in your oatmeal, use apple juice or apple cider. Yum!
  3. Spiced Nuts. Make sweet spiced nuts and use Apple Pie Spice instead of the spices the recipe calls for. BONUS: I like to add some of these nuts as a topping to apple crisp!
  4. Pasta. One of my favorite quick & easy dinners for fall is Buttered Pasta with a little Apple Pie Spice and Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top. If you’re feeling adventurous, add some roasted Brussels sprouts to the pasta & brown the butter instead of melting it. BAM, perfect autumn pasta!
  5. Rice Krispie Treats. Add a little to your Rice Krispie Treats and instantly have a fall dessert the kids will love. BONUS: Add some melted pumpkin spice candy melts to the top, and you’ve got a quick, easy, AH-mazing fall dessert!
  6. Smoothies. I like making a vanilla protein smoothie and adding a little Apple Pie Spice. Instant fall in a cup. Plus, it’s healthy, too.
  7. Whipped Cream. Add a sprinkle to your freshly whipped cream, and top off your favorite fall pie. Di-vine!
  8. Sugar Scrub. Make a sugar scrub. Add one teaspoon of this spice mix for every cup of sugar in your recipe. Put it in a jar, wrap it with a bow, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous hostess gift.
  9. Popcorn. Sprinkle a little on freshly popped and buttered popcorn. It makes a great snack.
  10. French Toast. Swap out the cinnamon in the recipe for this spice mix. You’ll thank me later.

Serving and Storing Tips

STORE: Proper storage is essential to keep your homemade apple pie spice fresh and flavorful. Here’s how you should store it:

  1. Choose an airtight container: Store the spice blend in an airtight container to prevent moisture and air from getting in, which can cause the spices to lose their potency.
  2. Keep away from heat and light: Store the container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. A pantry or cupboard is the best location.
  3. Label the container: Make sure to label the container with the name of the spice blend and the date of preparation. This helps you keep track of its freshness.
  4. Use within a reasonable timeframe: While spices don’t necessarily spoil, they do lose their flavor over time. For optimal flavor, use your homemade apple pie spice within six months to a year. 

FREEZE: If you make a larger batch of homemade apple pie spice or want to extend its shelf life, freezing can be a viable option. Follow these steps:

  1. Airtight packaging: Place the spice blend in an airtight, freezer-safe container or a resealable plastic bag.
  2. Label and date: Label each container or bag with the spice blend name and the date you prepared it. This helps you keep track of its freshness.
  3. Freeze: Place the container or bag in the freezer. The cold temperature will help preserve the spice mix for up to two years. 

Recipe FAQs

What’s the difference between pumpkin pie spice and apple pie spice?

The two are popular options during the fall season but have a key difference. Pumpkin Spice is made with cloves, and Apple Pie Spice is not. Another difference is that my recipe is made with cardamom.

What is pie spice made of?

My recipe calls for five simple ingredients: cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cardamom. 

A spoon scooping up some of the Apple Pie Spices.

Uses For Apple Pie Spice:

An overhead picture of the finished Apple Pie Spice with a measuring spoon in it.
5 from 9 votes

Apple Pie Spice

Recipe Cost $ $3.21
Serving Cost $ $0.13
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
24 servings
Save some money this fall by making this Apple Pie Spice recipe. It comes in handy for more than just Apple Pie!


  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • fork
  • storage jar


  • cup cinnamon
  • 2 ½ teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom


  • Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl.
  • Mix all the ingredients a fork until evenly mixed.
  • Transfer the spices to an air-tight glass jar.


    • highly recommend you use freshly ground nutmeg as this Apple Pie Spice recipe calls for below. I like the taste better. It only takes a little extra effort.
    • I have found the best-priced spices at Target and World Market (especially if you’re going to grind your nutmeg). I would stay away from the grocery store unless you have a wicked coupon deal.


Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 3kcal | Potassium: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg

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  1. KC the Kitchen Chopper says:

    Lot’s of creative uses for this toasty tasty spice blend. I will try in my oatmeal and smoothies for sure. I’m thinking of making a pumpkin pie using this blend. I will be similar but just a bit different. Pumpkin Pie is the only dessert I bake so I need to switch it up occasionally. The Hubby will love this.

  2. Debra @ Bowl Me Over says:

    YUM!! The autumn pasta really caught my eye. I’ve never made my own apple pie spice – time to change that. Pinning!

  3. April J Harris (@apriljharris) says:

    What a lovely apple pie spice recipe – the flavours sound fantastic. I love your suggestions for how to use it too – especially the one for spiced nuts!

  4. Joanne/WineLady Cooks says:

    I love the flavors of Apple Pie Spice, it’s so comforting and thanks for adding your 10 uses for the spice. Just in time for Fall — it’ll be here soon, I think!

  5. Kathy Lee says:

    This combination sounds delicious. There is nothing that smells better then a apple pie baking.

  6. Sara Welch says:

    This is such a great spice that can be used with so many dishes! Quick, easy and delicious! Definitely, a new favorite recipe!

  7. This turned out great and was super easy to make! Thanks!

  8. Sandhya S says:

    The aroma of Apple Pie Spice added enchanting warmth to the latte. Love it.

  9. Catherine says:

    Love warm fall spice mixes. This and pumpkin pie spice is interchangeable I’d imagine so it’s perfect to have this blend on hand for all my baking needs this holiday season!

  10. Your Apple Pie Spice post truly captured the essence of a classic favorite. The clarity and simplicity in your explanation made it a breeze to follow. It’s evident you have a knack for making even the most traditional recipes shine anew.