This homemade gingerbread spice will bring all baking and cooking to the next level, in both flavor and aroma!

It takes only 5 ingredients that are probably already in the pantry – cinnamon, sugar, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. The right combination of these ingredients makes a spice mix that is sure to perk up cookies, vegetables, and so many baked goods and beverages. Simply mix them together in a bowl and store in a jar or container until ready to use. Give them a little shake and add to a variety of holiday favorites. 

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Homemade Gingerbread Spice

  • Like pumpkin spice but the ratios are different, gingerbread spice has a decidedly more pungent flavor and aroma.
  • This spice mix is so quick and easy to make and adds a shot of aromatic spice to cakes, cookies, muffins, and even pies.
  • Swirl it into coffee, hot cocoa, or eggnog, or make your own version of Captain Morgan’s popular Gingerbread Spiced Rum
  • Make in larger batches (see recipe below) and use all year long!

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Ingredients and Variations

SPICES: cinnamon, ginger, ground allspice, cloves, and nutmeg can be accented with a little white pepper for a shaper flavor or ground cardamom for fragrance.

How to Make Gingerbread Spice

  1. Whisk ingredients in a bowl, or add them to a jar, and shake until there are no lumps left.

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Ways to Use Gingerbread Spice

Add gingerbread spice to a bakery-style pear upside-down cake or even sprinkled on grilled pineapple, use as a replacement for cinnamon in zucchini chocolate muffins, or add a dash to add a savory flavor to pumpkin soup.

PRO TIP: Sprinkle a little homemade spice mix inside the lid on a carved-out jack-o-lantern and let the heat source (candle, LED light) heat up the inside of the pumpkin for a rich and spicy holiday aroma!

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Storing Gingerbread Spice

Keep this spicy mixture in a covered container in the pantry away from direct heat or humidity. Shake before using.

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Try This Tasty Spice Mix In….

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Gingerbread Spice

Spice up so many recipes with this easy gingerbread spice mix!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Candace



  • Add ingredients to a medium bowl, and stir well. Sift to remove any lumps (optional).
  • Store in an air tight container or a mason jar with a tight fitting lid.


Makes 4 teaspoons. Each serving is ½ teaspoon.
To make a bulk batch – about ½ cup (8 Tablespoons):
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons ground allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅜ teaspoon white pepper
To make a bulk batch – 1 cup (16 Tablespoons):
  • 4 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons ginger
  • 4 Tablespoons ground allspice
  • 2 Tablespoon cloves
  • 2 Tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon white pepper
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 3 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.05g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 0.5mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Seasonings
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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