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Homemade Gingerbread Spice

easy homemade gingerbread spice mixture
5 ingredient homemade gingerbread spice mix

I love the time of year when everything switches from ‘pumpkin spice’ to ‘gingerbread’ flavors, don’t get me wrong I am a basic white girl that enjoys a good pumpkin spice latte BUT I will take gingerbread flavors over pumpkin flavors any day. The funny thing is the two flavors are very closely related, only different concentrations of spices is what sets them apart but I love the addition of smokey molasses when mixed with the gingerbread spices. The flavors are a little bit more robust with gingerbread but still so easy to make, so today I am sharing with you Homemade Gingerbread Spice.

You can use this in cookies, pancakes, lattes, waffles, muffins, coffee, you name it. I recommend paring the spice mixture with molasses in order to achieve the true gingerbread flavors you love. 

In the upcoming weeks I will be sharing a few recipes that use this delicious Homemade Gingerbread Spice mixture so grab yourself a jar and get measuring because trust me you are going to want to make them!

The Ingredients 

5 simple spices you probably already have on hand. 

Ginger. Known to be one of the most healthiest spices on the planet ginger is most well known for fighting nausea. High in anti-inflammatory powers this plant is native to southern Asia and can be seen fresh in many Asian dishes and dried for in baked goods. 

Allspice. Amply named because it derives smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves Allspice comes from a Pimenta tree native to Southern Mexico and Central America. Allspice is actually the dried fruit of the tree and is picked when green and is traditionally dried in the sun. From savory dishes like jerk chicken to sweet baked goods the allspice is a versatile spice commonly found in Caribbean cuisine,the United States, and Great Britain.

Cloves. Cloves are the flowering bud of a tree native to Indonesia. Picked when flowering and dried in the sun you generally don’t need to use a lot of cloves to have a big impact on flavors of a dish. Did you also know that cloves can be used as an ant repellant?! Who knew. 

Nutmeg. The seed of a nutmeg tree is ground up to create the spice. Did you know that the spice Mace also comes from the same nutmeg tree? Mace is actually the seed covering of the nutmeg seed, that is why mace has a very similar taste to nutmeg. 

Cinnamon. Another healthy spice cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory powers, and can lower blood sugars. Such a popular spice that in 2016, 223,575 tonnes were produced. That is a lot of cinnamon. 

the spices need for homemade gingerbread spice mixture

The Method 

Let’s be real, there isn’t much a method here. Mix the spices together and keep it in an airtight container. 

I have come accustomed to grinding a lot of these spices from the whole varieties with my Microplane Spice Mill. I find that especially with nutmeg you can get a fresher tasting spice.

5 spices on a plate to make gingerbread spice

a spoonful of homemade gingerbread spice mix

a jar of homemade gingerbread spice


• For a full gingerbread flavor in whatever you are making also use molasses along with this homemade gingerbread spice. Remember though a little molasses goes a long way.

5 spices on a plate to make gingerbread spice

Homemade Gingerbread Spice Recipe

Yield: 1/4 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

with only 5 spices you can make homemade gingerbread spice, perfect for muffins, lattes, cookies, and more


  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Add all of the spices to an airtight container, stir or shake with lid to mix together.


Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Total Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Peace & Love

Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

P.S. Looking for more holiday season recipes like homemade gingerbread spice? Check out my Crockpot Christmas Wassail or my Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

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Sunday 15th of December 2019

Question: does this need ground black pepper?

Lauren Schmidt

Sunday 15th of December 2019

My version does not have black ground pepper. Some versions do have a little but not everyone loves that flavor in their gingerbread so I left it out, feel free to add a little if you wish.

Emeline Hoblick

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

Can’t wait to test this out in a latte! I love gingerbread spice!

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