Don’t Have Pumpkin Pie Spice? Try This Mixture Instead


Don't Have Pumpkin Pie Spice? Try This Mixture Instead


What’s a busy cook to do when a recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice and you don’t have it in your supply?  Try substituting this handy mixture that uses spices you probably do have in your stash.



1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine the above ingredients.  This equals one teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.

I had planned on using this pumpkin pie spice substitution when trying a a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. There was a yummy sounding  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on the $5 Dinners website that I thought would be perfect for using up the rest of my homemade pumpkin puree.

I was busy mixing my ingredients – and then I screwed up. In the midst of some sort of brain fog, I added almost twice as much pumpkin to the recipe as I should have. Oops and darn it.

I made a few more adjustments and ended up with what I called my Accidental Pumpkin Bars.  They were actually pretty good, but just a smidge too funky to share the recipe on the blog.

Oh well.  I still had fun feeling smart and resourceful with my pumpkin pie spice substitution!


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