Pumpkin spice is all the rave right now. From pancakes, cupcakes, and muffins to hot chocolate and lattes. Pumpkin spice is a part of just about every dessert. Not only sweet, but it is also a part of many savory dishes like the Greek savory pumpkin pie with feta cheese. It’s a special fall ingredient that is loved all around the world, and in our opinion is oh-so amazing.

So what really is pumpkin spice, and is it even made from pumpkins? Read on to find out!

Pumpkin pie spice is actually a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. And actually does not contain any pumpkin! The reason it’s called pumpkin spice is that the spice was originally used in cakes and pies that contained pumpkin.

It was around the 1950s when spice manufacturers like McCormick began selling the blend of spices that made the pumpkin pie spice. Before that consumers had to acquire each spice separately and mix them together to make the pumpkin spice that they added to their cakes and pies. With time, new recipes started to incorporate pumpkin spice in dishes that contained no pumpkins.

Following are few simple at-home recipes using pumpkin spice that will keep you cosy and warm this winter. So let’s get right into them!

Pumpkin spice latte

Ingredients:

Milk 2 cups
Pumpkin puree 2 tbsp
Sugar 3 tbsp
Vanilla extract 1 tbsp
Pumpkin pie spice ½ tsp
Coffee ½ cup
Whipped cream, for serving

Directions:

Heat the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spices, and vanilla extract on the stove. You can substitute the regular milk for coconut or almond milk depending on your preference. Add coffee to the pumpkin spice milk, and add whipped cream. Sprinkle a little pumpkin spice for decoration. Enjoy!

No-bake Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

Cream cheese 8 ounces
Brown sugar ½ cup
Pumpkin puree 1 cup
Vanilla extract ½ tsp
Pumpkin spice 1 tbsp
Whipped topping 2 ½ cups
Graham cracker crust 9 inch
Whipped cream.

Directions:

Beat together cream cheese, brown sugar, pumpkin purée, vanilla extract, and pumpkin spice. Fold in whipped topping and then spread the mixture evenly onto the graham cracker crust. Cover the pie and chill for 2-3 hours before serving. Serve with whipped cream and dig in!

Pumpkin spice pancakes

Ingredients:

All-purpose flour 1 ½ cups
Brown sugar 6 tbsp
Pumpkin spice 1 tbsp
Puréed pumpkin 1 cup
Milk 1 ½ cup
Vanilla extract ½ tsp
Baking powder
Baking soda
Eggs 2
Vegetable oil 3 tsp
Vegetable oil for cooking

Directions:

In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, add pureed pumpkin, milk, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla and mix well. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together well. Add a small amount of mixture to a frying pan making sure to flip at the right time. Serve the pancakes with fresh whipped cream and caramel/maple sauce!

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients

All-purpose flour 1 ½ cup
Baking powder 2 tsp
Salt a pinch
Pumpkin pie spice 1 tbsp
Butter ¾ cup
Brown sugar 1 ¼ cup
Sugar ¾ cup
Vanilla extract 2 tsp
Eggs 2
Puréed pumpkin 1 cup
Chocolate chips

Instructions

In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients except sugars. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat again. Slowly add the flour moisture and continue mixing. Now add the puréed pumpkin and mix entirely. Add the chocolate chips now. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours before using.

To bake the cookies preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the tray with baking sheet and place small dough balls at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 13-15 minutes until completely baked. Let them cool down and then enjoy!

These simple recipes are quick and fun, and will be your go-to recipes this winter when you’re craving some comfort food. Happy winters!

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