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Pumpkin Spice for Passover

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Pumpkin Spice for Passover is a very simple, 3-ingredient spice blend that gives pumpkin pie and cakes their distinctive flavor. Made of the perfect combination of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves that can turn plain Kosher for Passover cakes and desserts into much more!

pumpkin spice in a beige bowl with spices on the side on a white wood table

The taste that makes pumpkin pie so distinctive, is the spice blend. Pumpkin Spice for Passover is the basic flavor, but you can also enhance with brown sugar or vanilla.

A typical serving of Pumpkin Spice for Passover would be 3 1/2 teaspoons for a pumpkin pie recipe using a 29 ounce can of pure pumpkin (puree). This is a good comparison to keep in mind if you would like to enhance any of your Passover desserts with this wonderful flavor.

Pumpkin Spice for Passover can be used for baking, hot drinks, or anything you like.

People think that pumpkin spice coffee or latte has some pumpkin in it, but that is not so. It’s the pumpkin spice. So, why wait for Autumn to have that delicious flavor and aroma when you can make it right at home any time…even during the week of Passover?

When using Pumpkin Spice for Passover, make sure to add a little at a time to taste after you have already added the other ingredients.

I would not use it in any recipe that already has an overpowering flavor (such as cocoa), because the spice will get lost.

Personally, I find that baking is so much simpler when I have whatever I need within reach and don’t have to run out to the store whenever I want to bake something. For this reason, I make sure to have everything I use regularly in my Passover pantry.

If you do as well, putting together Pumpkin Spice for Passover would be right at your fingertips!

Baking and dessert necessities for Passover

I like to make sure I can bake anything with very short notice.  To that end, I keep a variety of supplies and ingredients in the house that will allow me to do just that. 

I can’t tell you how many times I was glad to have whatever I needed within reach for the last minute visitor or for when one of my kids went to a friend or had a school event without much prior notice.

I have slowly collected things over the years as I needed them (or if I found a good sale) and like to keep more than one of the smaller items, in case I don’t want to wash dishes in the middle of baking.

My basic “equipment” includes:

  • a hand mixer (you probably don’t need a stand mixer for Passover)
  • a small scale
  • baking pans
  • mixing bowls (or just large bowls)
  • cookie sheets 
  • dry measuring cups
  • liquid measuring cups
  • whisks
  • rubber spatulas (really good for when you don’t want to leave anything in the bowl)
  • baking (or parchment) paper

While you can certainly manage without the above (such as a whisk, where you can use a fork in a pinch), if you tend to do a lot of Passover baking, these are good to have around.

In addition to the equipment, there are several basic baking ingredients that are used regularly if you are going to want to bake and may be helpful to have at the beginning of the holiday.

Just make absolutely certain that they have a Kosher for Passover certification or don’t require one. When in doubt, ask an orthodox rabbi (there are also some orthodox organizations that post Passover information online).

Some of the items on this list, however, are not basic, but rather are only used for specific recipes. Regarding these, you might not want to invest in them in advance, but only if you need them.

Unless you have been making Passover at home and know which is which, you might want to plan ahead, at least until you get used to what your yearly baking needs are.

  • matzo cake meal
  • potato starch
  • white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder (leavens chemically, so it just needs to be certified Kosher for Passover)
  • baking soda (leavens chemically, so it just needs to be certified Kosher for Passover)
  • cocoa powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground cloves
  • ground nutmeg
  • baking chocolate
  • chocolate chips
  • vanilla/vanilla sugar
  • oil
  • margarine or butter
  • eggs
  • extracts (real or imitation)
  • whipping cream (get non-dairy, for dairy free desserts)

Having other kosher for Passover spices in your pantry can also be helpful. Just make certain that everything is certified Kosher for Passover.

In addition, whipping cream, powdered pudding mix, and powdered sugar can allow you to be able to make a variety of fillings, frostings, and toppings.

Lastly, it’s not a bad idea to have toppings, such as chopped walnuts, raisins, and, if you can find them kosher for Passover, especially if you have kids, the oh-so-important container of sprinkles.

While some of these can easily be found in the average grocery store that carries kosher for Passover items for the holiday, stores that carry only kosher foods should have all or most of it.

I always save the leftover closed items for the following years, especially if they are not easy to find, and just pack them away in a suitable place.

Yield: 6 servings

Pumpkin Spice for Passover

pumpkin spice in a beige bowl with spices on the side on a white wood table

3-ingredient pumpkin spice: cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, kosher for Passover.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon, kosher for Passover
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger, kosher for Passover
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves, kosher for Passover


  1. Pour cinnamon, ginger, and cloves into a bowl.
  2. Combine well.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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