With the first turning of fall leaves and crisp afternoon air comes the welcome of fall’s quintessential flavor: pumpkin. Incorporated into everything from delicious baked goods to creamy lattes to savory Thanksgiving side dishes, nothing signifies the arrival of autumn more than pumpkin-spice flavor. We’ve rounded up our favorite pies centered around the seasonal staple, as well as breakfast goods like scones and muffins. We’ve even developed a decadent Pumpkin Spice Donut Milkshake that you’ll be craving all year long.
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But you don’t have to whip up an elaborate bread or splurge-worthy pie to enjoy pumpkin flavor. A dash of pumpkin pie spice can add delicious fall flavor to coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, and more. While you can buy premade pumpkin pie spice at the grocery store, the main ingredients can probably be found in your pantry. Made with cabinet staples like cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice is incredibly quick and easy to produce when a craving hits. And because you already have the ingredients on hand, it’s cheaper than buying the brand name stuff at the grocery store. Here’s what you’ll need:
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. nutmeg
1 ½ tsp. ground allspice
1 ½ tsp. ground cloves
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Store pumpkin pie spice in an airtight container. And that’s it: Seasonal, cost-efficient flavor comes together in a matter of minutes. Because you’re mixing the spice at home, you know exactly what’s in it, which means no unknown or unnatural additives.
Now you’re ready to start baking and enjoy pumpkin-flavored desserts you’ll want to serve guests all fall. A jar of homemade pumpkin pie spice will also make for a great hostess gift or party favor, either by itself or incorporated into a homemade pumpkin hand soap.