This recipe for Homemade Apple Pie Spice Mix only has three ingredients but packs all the flavor! A professional pastry chef’s secret ratio for the perfect apple pie spice mix.
In my very organized, yet packed, spice cabinet you will always find little jars of my favorite custom spice mixes. In addition to apple pie spice I also have Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix, Speculaas Spice Mix and my custom taco seasoning. I recently added a jar of homemade blackening seasoning, which I am loving.
It's no secret that I sprinkle the sweet spice mixes on everything. I use them to roast vegetables, add a generous sprinkle to my oatmeal or overnight oats, or use them to make a quick fall flavored nut mix or popcorn. Strongly suggest pumpkin pie spice on kettle corn.
Plus all the little jars are so pretty! At the CLF film studio/office I have them in pretty little jars, but at home I put them in the smallest OXO pop containers and, honestly, the OCD organization of it all just makes me so happy.
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How to use Homemade Apple Pie Spice Mix
This spice mix is so versatile. I use it in both sweet and savory dishes, or to spice up my favorite snacks! These are just a few of the ways that you can use homemade apple pie spice mix.
- Spice up Breakfast: I add it to oatmeal along with diced apples, or I make my Apple Pie Overnight Oats in large batches to eat all week. Sprinkle some in your next French toast batter or in your waffle mix. Add it to streusel for an easy topping upgrade for banana bread or muffins. You could also whip up a batch of my Spiced Apple Scones!
- Apple Pie Spice Snacks: Sprinkle it on peanut butter toast along with a drizzle of maple syrup for a healthy snack or use it to make my Apple Crisp Energy Bites! Add it instead of other spices in muffins or energy bars. Mix it with melted butter and a little brown sugar to toss with popcorn or a sweet snack.
- A turn towards Savory: Apple Pie spice is delightful sprinkled on carrots or sweet potatoes before roasting. You could add it to any cooking grain like quinoa or farro for a subtle, warming side dish.
- Apple Spiced Desserts: Of course this apple pie spice mix is delightful in apple pie, apple crisp or baked pears. Use it to flavor apple or pear upside down cakes or replace the spices in any apple cake for a lovely spiced variation.
Ingredients for Homemade Apple Pie Spice Mix
- Cinnamon: I use Saigon cinnamon but any cinnamon will do.
- Nutmeg: This recipe is written for pre-ground nutmeg. If you use freshly ground, then you'll need to adjust the quantity by half or even ⅔rds. Fresh nutmeg has a completely different and wonderful flavor but it is stronger.
- Allspice: Allspice is a powerful spice. She will take over all the other spices if you let her. I always use allspice with a light hand. She pairs beautifully with apple and also, more surprisingly, is the secret ingredient in my hot crossed buns!
Frequently Asked Questions
Store apple pie spice mix in a tightly sealed container that is free from other lingering scents. I love to mix it up in a large batch and then store it in Rose Gold Mini Jars or OXO Mini Pop Containers. Spices are best used within a year of purchasing. While they won’t “go bad,” they do lose potency over time and will eventually just become a shadow of their former selves.
Pastry Chef Tip
Make a large batch and keep it on hand to spice up everything! I promise you won’t regret giving the pumpkin pie spice mix a competitor!
Apple Pie Spice Mix
- Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl with your favorite tiny whisk!
- Use or store in a tightly sealed container that is free from any other lingering scents.
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