Make your house smell like Christmas when you toss together this gingerbread spice mix. With strong notes of cinnamon and ginger and a touch of clove, nutmeg, and allspice, this mix is aromatic and flavor-filled!
You can use it in baking to make delicious crunchy gingerbread cookies, in hot and cold beverages like a pumpkin spice latte, or as a gift for your loved ones.
And if you love this recipe, don’t forget to check out more homemade spice mixes on my website. You can also find some delicious recipes to add to your holiday baking repertoire! You can try my Mini Christmas Pancakes or this refreshing Christmas Smoothie.
Why I Love This Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix Recipes
In the fast-paced world we live in today, it’s difficult to manage time and still commit to making homemade goods. And that’s exactly why I developed this amazing homemade gingerbread spice mix. There are many reasons to love this gingerbread spice blend, but here are arguably the best ones.
This Is A Delicious And Versatile Gingerbread Spice Recipe
The first reason may not be valid, but I’m saying it anyway: Who doesn’t love gingerbread spice mixes?
This spice mix recipe is the go-to autumn and winter spice mix and has been for centuries! You can use it in thousands of ways, and the fact that it is so easy to use brings convenience to your kitchen. I have a few delicious recipes that will give you the feeling of fall, such as Pumpkin Waffles, Fried Apple Rings, or Domino Cinnamon Twists.
It adds a complex flavor profile to your recipes with a warm, earthy, and slightly spicy undertone. And with this recipe, you can easily adjust the amount of spice mix you add to adjust the intensity it creates.
My Ginger Bread Spice Mix Is Easy And Quick To Make
Secondly, who doesn’t love a quick, easy, and straightforward spice mix? While many of the gingerbread spice mix recipes out there contain hundreds of ingredients, mine only has ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground allspice, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg.
Why so little? Because it’s truly all you need. The winter spices ratio makes this homemade gingerbread spice mix work.
It Has A Warm Aroma And Rich Gingerbread Flavor
You know how you sometimes bite into gingerbread and it tastes nothing like gingerbread?
With this spice mix, you won’t have that problem. Again, my recipe calls for the basic gingerbread spices only, which creates the most authentic and traditional flavor. This allows you to create even more gingerbread recipes using this single-spice blend.
Gingerbread Spice Ingredients
Cinnamon: Cinnamon, known for its warm and aromatic qualities, is a cornerstone of our Gingerbread Spice Mix.
Ground Ginger: Ground Ginger adds a zingy and slightly peppery element to our spice mix.
Allspice: Allspice, with its unique blend of flavors reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, brings complexity to our Gingerbread Spice Mix.
Ground Cloves: Ground Cloves offer a bold, rich, and slightly sweet dimension to our spice mix.
Nutmeg: Nutmeg imparts a gentle, nutty warmth to our Gingerbread Spice Mix, enriching it with a subtle earthiness and a touch of sweetness.
How to make Gingerbread Spice Mix
1. Begin by gently mingling all the specified ingredients in a petite mixing bowl, ensuring a thorough blend of flavors and aromas.
2. Safeguard the exquisite Gingerbread Spice Mix within an airtight container or a hermetically sealed jar.
What Does Gingerbread Spice Mix Taste Like?
Mixing Gingerbread spice blends tastes warm, fragrant, and slightly spicy. This has definitely ginger overtones — not a surprise! The spice blend is tricky because it has a complex flavor.
Different Ways To Use Gingerbread Spice
First, let’s get the obvious one out of the way, you can use this homemade spice to make, you guessed it, gingerbread!
All you have to do is substitute all the spices in the recipe with a teaspoon or two of my gingerbread spice mix. You can add up the spices in that recipe to determine exactly how much you need to replace.
Use In Other Baked Goods
You can also use spice blends like these to make gingerbread-flavored goodies, like gingerbread cookies, cakes, quick breads, banana bread, pancakes, and muffins.
Use In Beverages
I also love using this gingerbread spice mix in hot and cold beverages in a similar manner you would use pumpkin pie spice. For this use, I often have to play around with the amount of ground cloves and ground nutmeg I use, just because those flavors can become a bit overpowering in beverages.
Give As A Gift
And finally, for more creative use of my gingerbread spice mix, you can gift it as a hostess gift in a glass jar.
Variations For This Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix Recipe
As you will see from my recipe below, I only use pre-ground gingerbread spices. I do this for all of my spice mix recipes because it makes prep super easy and quick.
Add More Spices To Your Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mixture
For this recipe, the main spice is definitely ground cinnamon and ground ginger. These are supported with a lesser quantity of ground allspice and ground cloves. Finally, you have to add some ground nutmeg, but do so with a light hand as nutmeg has an exceptionally prominent flavor.
Now, to create a more complex, deep flavor for this blend of spices, you can add a little bit of cardamom or ground anise. Anise is different from star anise, so make sure you buy the right spice.
Many people also love adding some black pepper to the gingerbread mix. Be very careful though because black pepper adds a slight spiciness to the gingerbread spice blend.
Use Whole Spices For Your Homemade Spice Mixes (Especially This Gingerbread One)
By using whole spices instead of ground ones, you can ensure that your homemade spice blends have the best, freshest flavor. You only need a spice grinder to help transform them into a fine, usable powder.
Experiment With Ratios For Your Gingerbread Spice Mixture
Another fantastic advantage when you make gingerbread spice from scratch is that you have control over the ratios of ingredients you use.
Again, this gingerbread spice only has 5 spices: ground cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg.
Start with the basics in a small bowl. Add the cinnamon and ginger. Then, slowly adjust the other spices until you have the perfect blend of flavors.
The reason you have to start with cinnamon and ginger for a gingerbread spice recipe is that they are the primary spices you need. You’ll notice the same in other recipes as well.
Making minor adjustments is the only way to achieve the best flavor for your needs.
How To Store This Gingerbread Spice Mix
Once your spices have been mixed in a small mixing bowl, you should keep them in a sealed jar. An airtight container will help extend the shelf life of gingerbread spice and protect that delicious gingerbread flavor just in time for holiday baking.
You can store your spices for up to a year in a cool, dry, and dark space. That being said, I recommend using it within 6 months to ensure you get the best results.
Tips And Tricks For Making Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix
- If you cannot find any of these ground spices, replace them with their whole counterparts instead. Nutmeg can be especially hard to find, but it remains a key ingredient, so don’t leave it out.
- I wouldn’t freeze or refrigerate your gingerbread spice mix as the moisture will ruin it. A spice mix should always be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry, and dark place. Once the spices become moist, they will clump and bacteria will start growing soon.
- The great thing about making a homemade gingerbread spice recipe is that you can adjust it to suit your preferences. If you would like one spice to be a little more prominent, add some extra until it’s just right for you.
Gingerbread Spice Mix
- 3 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp Ground Ginger
- 1 ½ tsp Allspice mix, preferably Moroccan allspice
- 1 ½ tsp Ground Cloves
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, ground cloves, and nutmeg until evenly blended.
- Transfer the spice blend to a sealed jar or an airtight container.
- Keep in a cool, dry location for a maximum of 6 months.