Ahhhhh, pumpkin spice! That heady mixture of cinnamon and other spices is the perfect embodiment of autumn goodness. Happily for non-pumpkin lovers, it contains none of that squash. I love using it not just for Thanksgiving pies, put in my coffee for a festive kick (a trick I learned from my mom!) or on pancakes to make them just a little yummier.
This spice blend is surprisingly easy to make and less expensive if you mix it on your own. A small 2-ounce jar will run you anywhere from two to four dollars whereas if you buy the spices in bulk, you can get the same spice mix for half the cost and you are guaranteed fresher ingredients. I like to make mine in small batches, but the beauty of this recipe is that it is easy to double or triple depending on your pumpkin spice needs.
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground clove
Mix ingredients together and store in a small spice jar. Makes about 1/4 cup. Enjoy!
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