How to Make Your Own Apple Pie Spice Substitute

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Photo credit: Will Dickey
Photo credit: Will Dickey

There's something truly magical about the warm, fragrant aroma of a freshly baked apple pie. And though the apples might be the star of the show, the spices are what really make it! But have you ever been ready to bake your apple pie and noticed you don't have any apple pie spice on hand? No worries! You can easily make your own apple pie spice substitute at home with some spices you likely already have.

Once you mix up your own spice blend, try using it in some of Ree Drummond's favorite apple pie recipes like Homemade Apple Pie, Ladd's favorite Spiced Apple Pie, Apple-Pear Lattice Pie, and this Apple-Cranberry Galette. Don't forget to make a few batches of Perfect Pie Crust to have on hand in the freezer, too! You can also use your DIY blend to make your own apple butter!

How can I make my own apple pie spice blend?

It's super easy to make your own apple pie spice substitute: Just combine 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon with 2 teaspoons each each ground nutmeg and allspice. You can make this mixture in bulk and store in a spice jar in your spice cabinet. Use your homemade blend as an even swap for apple pie spice in any recipe.

What is apple pie spice made of?

Most pre-made apple pie spices are made from a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but some also might contain cardamom and ginger, too, depending on the brand.

Can you use pumpkin pie spice instead of apple pie spice?

Yes! You can easily swap one of these spice blends for another. Just keep in mind that pumpkin pie spice contains some spices that aren't always found in apple pie spice, like cloves and ginger, so the end result won't be exactly the same.

Can you substitute nutmeg for apple pie spice?

Nutmeg is one of the main flavors in apple pie spice, but don't use it as a one-for-one swap for apple pie spice—straight nutmeg in large amounts will be much too strong. If you do only have one spice on hand, we recommend using cinnamon instead.