“Must Have” Festive Fall Spices (and How to Use Them)

While we love pumpkin spice just as much as the next guy, there are tons of other fall flavors that we want you to try this season! Below, you’ll find a variety of different spices that fit perfectly with chilly weather, sweaters, and cozying up by the fire. Don’t worry… we still included pumpkin spice (it’s a classic). Don’t forget to go back and click the links included in this post, too. They’ll take you to some extra yummy recipes that use each spice listed below.


  • Cinnamon. With a slightly sweet yet spicy flavor, cinnamon is the perfect addition to desserts, warm drinks, oatmeal and cereal, and sometimes even savory dishes. These kid created cornbread muffins are a must-try this fall! Looking for more ideas? Click here!


  • Allspice. This versatile spice has a flavor similar to a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It can be used in sweet recipes (like these pancakes) or savory ones (like these kabobs). Because allspice is flexible in it’s uses, feel free to get creative with it in your cooking!


  • Pumpkin Spice. This spice is the poster child of fall. And for good reason! Over the years, it’s uses have expanded far past just pie. Nowadays, you can find pumpkin spiced coffee, ice cream, cookies, and even cream cheese! Check out some of these yummy recipes: Pumpkin Cupcakes, Creamy Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo.


  • Nutmeg. Nutmegs flavor profile is described as nutty, slightly sweet, and warm all at once. This spices aroma is intense and strong. Traditionally, it’s used in meat dishes, eggnog, and sweet desserts. However, one of our little cooks got creative in their kitchen and came up with this Veggie Bread Roll. We highly recommend it! Here are some more nutmeg recipes, too!


  • Clove. The flavor of this spice is strong, pungent, somewhat sweet, but also “hot”. We know what you’re thinking… that combination doesn’t sound very appetizing. But trust us! You’re going to love this spice after trying these flavorful fall dishes that use clove: Smoked Chicken, Cincinnati Style Chili, Indian Basmati Rice.


  • Ginger. With a citrusy, soapy and earthy flavor, this spice works well in anything from soups and pastas to salad dressings and braised meats. For an out-of-this-world dish that uses ginger, try out this kid-created Veggie and Bean Chili. Looking for even more inspiration? Click here!


  • Vanilla. Vanilla is essentially made by pulping vanilla beans in a mixture of alcohol and water. It’s flavor is sweet with a woody or smoky flavor. Looking for an easy way to use vanilla? Try out this Do It Yourself Granola. In the mood for dessert? How about this 4 Ingredient Ice Cream!


Now that your creative juices are flowing, which spices will you be using this fall? Show us your delicious dishes on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram!