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Fall Spice Blend

This simple and delicious Fall Spice Blend is such an easy fall baking hack. Just mix it up, and it’s ready whenever you get those fall baking cravings!

homemade fall spice blend in a glass jar

Fall Spice Blend

So much of fall baking is about fall spices. Who can resist baked goods flavored with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger on a cool fall day? I often find myself using the same spices again and again in my fall baking, so I like to make up a small batch of my favorite blend to use all season.

Having my Fall Spice Blend ready to measure is a simple way to streamline the baking prep process. And you’ll have fewer measuring spoons to clean, too!

You can easily scale this blend to make more or less to suit your needs. Most any container that seals well will work to hold the spices. I often use a Weck jar, as shown in the top photo. If you have an empty spice jar, that’s a simple way to repurpose those. And if some of you have some design talent, then you can even make a pretty label for your jar of fall spices to keep for yourself or for a lovely homemade gift.

overhead view of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cardamom on a small white tray

Fall Spices

Here is a list of spices you’ll need to make this Fall Spice Blend. Be sure to scroll down to the printable recipe to get the exact measurements.

  • Cinnamon: I prefer to use Ceylon cinnamon, which is a mild, delicate cinnamon.
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg: I often use fresh nutmeg because I prefer the flavor. If you do that, just keep in mind that you’ll need to use less than if you were using ground nutmeg. I’ve noted that in the recipe below, too.
  • Allspice
  • Cardamom

Can I Use This for Apple Pie Spice?

Yes! This is a great apple pie spice. Those generally range from simpler combinations of just cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to a more complex blend like this one.

You could also use this as a pumpkin pie spice, although those usually contain cloves. To make that, just add the same amount of cloves as the allspice.

How to Tell if Your Spices Are Fresh

We’re all guilty of sticking spices in a drawer or cabinet and, well, just leaving them there. Spices lose their flavor over time, so making sure yours are fresh is key to flavorful dishes.

If you’re not sure if your spices are fresh, simply give them a smell. If they don’t have a strong smell, then they’re likely past their prime. Take it a step further and take a little taste. If the flavor isn’t coming through in that sampling, then it won’t show up in your baking, either.

Ground spices like the ones you’ll use in this spice blend will usually stay fresh for about a year. If it’s been longer than that since you stuck that jar of nutmeg in the back of the cabinet, it’s probably time for a new jar.

If you prefer to use whole spices, they’ll usually keep for 2 or 3 years. You can grind them as needed with a mortar and pestle or with a spice grinder.

Ideas for Variations

For those of you who enjoy pumpkin spice, be aware that those spice blends usually contain cloves, which I don’t include in this blend. If you want to include cloves, just add them in the same ratio as the allspice and cardamom.

And if you like a little more ginger or maybe a little less nutmeg, then simply adjust this fall spice blend to your tastes. You’ll even find that I alter it a bit sometimes in my recipes to change things up a bit. You can even simplify by just using cinnamon, nutmeg, and one of the other spices you prefer.

This is my favorite blend, but you should make whatever adjustments you want to make it suit your preferences. I think you’ll find that having a premixed spice blend ready to measure is such a nice baking shortcut.

How to Substitute Fall Spice Blend in Recipes

To use your Fall Spice Blend, simply substitute it for a list of the same or similar spices in a recipe. You can even use it in many recipes that only have cinnamon. Just keep the total amount of spices roughly the same.

Fall Spice Dessert Recipes

Here are some recipes on BoB that would be great candidates for using this Fall Spice Blend:

Fall Spice Blend

Yield about 1/3 cup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

This simple and delicious Fall Spice Blend is great for your fall baking adventures!

homemade fall spice blend in a glass jar


  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg*
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom


  1. Mix together all the ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
  2. Use in baking recipes with the same or similar spices.


*If using fresh nutmeg, I recommend using 1/2 tablespoon.

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    5 Comments on “Fall Spice Blend”

  1. Nice…this is best for fall season and more easy to make, i will try it soon, Thanks for sharing….!

  2. Thank you! This wonderful. I will probably make two, one with cloves, one as written. And, finally, cardamom! 

  3. Hi,

    Just curious why you use Allspice and not just cloves when Allspice is a blend of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves??? I see this quite often and wonder why…. ??? lol (Maybe I think too much. 😉 )

    • Hi, Irene. While the name may be misleading, allspice is made from just one spice that comes from the berries of a specific tree. It has a pretty complex flavor with hints of cinnamon, cloves, star anise, fennel, black pepper, and nutmeg. I hope that helps!

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