Apple Pie Spice


DIY Apple Pie Spice |

DIY Apple Pie Spice |

DIY Apple Pie Spice |

*Sniff* As I was driving home last night from dinner with a friend, I thought we stayed out later than usual and it was already 8:30. Nope, it was only 715. The days are getting so short! It’s crazy how in a few weeks, it’ll be dark by the time dinnertime rolls around. No more recipe photographing in the evenings anymore!

Ok, so I love pumpkin recipes as much as the next person but seriously, it’s far too early for it. That’s personal opinion though. I mean, this is how I think of the Fall baking season. September: apples, October: pumpkin, November: cranberry & all things Thanksgiving, December: cookies and all things Christmas. I don’t like when things are rushed. The whole pumpkin spice lattes being released “early” by Starbucks was slight overkill because it’s still in the 90s here. Yes, I understand some people live in areas where it’s cooler but it’s not even near October! Can’t we hold off and savor each month? By the time pumpkin time really rolls around, we’ll all be sick of it and want to move onto something else. It’s just like when stores push Christmas in August. Pushing pumpkin in September is a no-no for me. Sorry, but I won’t be posting pumpkin recipes til October (but I’ve got some really good stuff coming – I promise), so we’ll get started on apple recipes, how’s that?

My apple recipes this week and next week require the use of apple pie spice. Sure, it’s easy to go to the store to buy a teeny tiny jar of it for $5 but I guarantee that you already have all the supplies in your pantry to make your own! I made my own pumpkin pie spice last year and it lasted me all Fall and into this year. Definitely saves a bunch of money and trips to the store since you’re making it in a big batch. Give it a try and I promise you’ll be making the switch to apple recipes this month instead of pumpkin :)

You could use this spice in a bunch of apple recipes. Rachel of Baked by Rachel is having her annual Apple A Day on over to get a list of ongoing recipe ideas and inspiration!

Apple Pie Spice
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Making apple pie spice in bulk at home saves you money and trips to the store!

Servings: 1
  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  1. In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients together.
  2. Store in an airtight jar for use year-round.
Recipe Notes

Source: Baking Bites



Posted on September 09, 2013

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  1. 09/09/2013 at 6:49 am

    Well said! Do we need a Facebook group for this petition? ;) Kidding, but whoa, yeah, I’m still enjoying fresh peaches, you know?

  2. 09/09/2013 at 7:59 am

    I couldn’t agree more – let’s celebrate apples for a few weeks before we all move onto pumpkin. There’ll be plenty of time for that next month! Love this simple homemade spice mix, it’s perfect for just about every apple dessert out there!

  3. 09/09/2013 at 8:12 am

    Hah! It is so crazy that store are already carrying Christmas items, I mean come on! Lets just enjoy Halloween first? I hate that store try and rush through all the Holiday’s. Not fun!

    Love apple pie spice and cannot wait to see what apple recipes you have coming!

  4. 09/09/2013 at 8:42 am

    Julie, I am with you about apples in September. Then, pumpkin in October or at least late September. I need to work with Honeycrisp apples and go apple picking before I can work with pumpkin and go to the pumpkin patch. It’s the way I prefer it, too. Great recipe for apple pie spice. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

  5. 09/09/2013 at 9:16 am

    Love this Julie! Pretty pics too :) xoxo

  6. 09/09/2013 at 9:24 am

    Love this post and totally agree with everything you said! I actually tweeted at DD last week about their pumpkin campaign. I mean come on. Where’s the apple love?! ;)

  7. 09/09/2013 at 9:24 am

    Julie, I respect the pumpkin hold out. I’m still trying to get my fill of summer tomatoes and eggplant! Also, I feel like every year I google “How to make your own apple pie spice.” Now I know where to go :)

  8. 09/09/2013 at 9:26 am

    I always like making my own spice blends!

  9. 09/09/2013 at 9:28 am

    This is a brilliant idea Julie! I have already started the fall baking and this will come in handy!

  10. 09/09/2013 at 9:30 am

    great idea! Believe it or not, I’ve never used apple pie spice – I’ve been missing out on a great flavor combination!

  11. 09/09/2013 at 9:34 am

    This makes me so excited for apple pie! Love homemade spice blends!

  12. 09/09/2013 at 9:41 am

    OK so I may or may not already have jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon this season :), but I am definitely all about the apples in September! Especially when apple pie is involved. Love how easy it is to put together my own spice mix (kinda really wishing I’d thought to do that years ago instead of buying it from the store, ugh. Live and learn).

  13. 09/09/2013 at 10:00 am

    Im with you!! Trying not to rush apple season at all! Im not ready for pumpkin yet!! This is great to have!

  14. 09/09/2013 at 10:20 am

    Great recipe to have – thanks for sharing! :)

  15. 09/09/2013 at 10:25 am

    Amen, sister! I am refusing the whole “it’s fall!” thing until it really is fall. I’ve skipped any blog posts that contain pumpkin. Way, way too early! So glad you posted this DIY apple pie spice. I make my own pumpkin spice, but not apple yet. Now I need to bake a pie!

  16. 09/09/2013 at 10:51 am

    I can’t wait to mix up some of this. Fall is my favorite time of year.

  17. 09/09/2013 at 10:56 am

    A must for this time of year!

  18. 09/09/2013 at 11:38 am

    Ohh I love this apple pie spice. Not to mention how easy it is.

  19. 09/09/2013 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for this spice recipe, would love to incorporate it in some upcoming baking dishes I’m making! This recipe reminds me of pumpkin pie spice.. but I won’t bring that up or my obsession/love with Fall starting now! (Sorry, I’m a Fall baby!) ;) ;)

  20. 09/09/2013 at 11:56 am

    This is so useful and so easy!!!

  21. 09/09/2013 at 12:58 pm

    I love apple desserts, this spice is perfect for my apple recipes!

  22. 09/09/2013 at 1:34 pm

    This is so useful! I’m going to make this and put it in allthethings.

  23. 09/09/2013 at 1:39 pm

    I hear ya! too early for pumpkin – BRING ON THE APPLES

  24. 09/09/2013 at 2:30 pm

    Oooohh….totally digging this apple spice mix! And you’re right, pumpkin does get more attention. Apples need to feel the love too:)

  25. 09/09/2013 at 3:33 pm

    The perfect spice blend for my favorite season!

  26. 09/09/2013 at 4:53 pm

    Totally agree with you and your schedule. I mean, technically, I think it’s okay for people to make things at any time, but pumpkin when it’s August is way too early! I bet they’re going to play Christmas songs next month. Bleh.

  27. 09/09/2013 at 4:54 pm

    Some of my favorite flavors! I can’t wait for fall baking!

  28. 09/09/2013 at 7:16 pm

    This looks like it smells ahhhmazing!!

  29. 09/09/2013 at 9:14 pm

    Really enjoyed reading about your trip and was excited to hear that they usually can the same day the fruit is picked!

    I would say our favorite peach recipe is our olive oil peach cake:)

  30. 09/09/2013 at 9:26 pm

    This has me SO excited for fall!

  31. 09/09/2013 at 11:53 pm

    Double sniff! I seriously feel like it was just yesterday we were overjoyed with sunset being so late and now it’s like 7 something, when did that even happen?!

  32. 09/10/2013 at 12:06 am

    This is perfect – I hate digging through my spice cabinet for all the individual bottles – I loving having my own ready.

  33. 09/10/2013 at 2:12 pm

    you got it right with the order of food seasons! no need to rush it for those of us still living in summertime temps. besides i love apple recipes and would hate to skimp on them :)

  34. 09/11/2013 at 8:21 am

    Love it, Julie! Can’t wait to see what recipes you’ll add these spices to!

  35. I use this spice all the time, don’t know why I’ve never thought to make my own! Such a great idea!

  36. 09/23/2013 at 10:00 am

    I am RIGHT there with you. I’m making this today for my next blog post adventure. Thanks for the inspiration friend :) xoxo

    • 09/23/2013 at 10:54 am

      Yay! You’re so welcome friend :)

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