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Baking Collection

Choose between 6 or 13 beautiful spices for bakers. Ships free.

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  • Single origin spices sourced directly from small farms
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Choose between 6 or 13 beautiful spices selected for bakers. Add depth, warmth, and complexity into cookies and cakes, puddings and pies, scones and muffins, crisps and cobblers. Packed in a beautiful box and ships for free within the US.

At Burlap & Barrel we have our own resident staff baker, and she put together a selection of spices that are essential to any baker's pantry. But rest assured, these spices are great for enthusiastic budding bakers and experienced pastry chefs alike.

Available in a 6-pack Baker's Half Dozen, or a 13-pack Baker's Dozen, with a bonus set of our cotton kitchen towels.

The Baker's Half Dozen includes these 6 spices:

  1. Royal Cinnamon
  2. Wild Mesquite
  3. King Caraway
  4. Cloud Forest Cardamom (Ground Pods)
  5. Stone Nutmeg
  6. Buffalo Ginger

The Baker's Dozen includes everything in the 6-pack, a bonus set of our cotton kitchen towels, plus:

  1. Ground Pemba Cloves
  2. Sweet Allspice
  3. Cinnamon Verum
  4. Smoked Star Anise
  5. Nyanza Vanilla Extract Kit
  6. Al Baraka Nigella Seed
  7. Lucknow Fennel

Royal Cinnamon

Our Royal Cinnamon is an heirloom variety not widely harvested or exported, and it exemplifies the intense sweetness and spiciness for which Vietnamese cinnamon is prized. Use it in place of Saigon or other cinnamons in pastries and baked goods, or sprinkle into rich, savory meat or tomato-based dishes.

Tasting notes: Brown Butter • Buckwheat Honey • Orange Peel


  • Beautiful in baked goods, spice cookies, oatmeal and desserts
  • Brew with your favorite coffee or tea

Wild Mesquite

Our sweet, nutty Wild Mesquite Powder is made from the inner fruit of wild mesquite pods, and its flavor reminds us of hot chocolate and cinnamon toast. Most mesquite flour is made of seeds and pulp, so our powder has a more intense and complex flavor. Mesquite trees regenerate ecosystems and provide sustainable livelihoods for rural communities, and their fruit has a rich, comforting flavor.

Tasting notes: Milk Chocolate • Vanilla • Cinnamon Toast


King Caraway

Our King Caraway is an heirloom variety of white-flowered caraway from the lush oasis of Fayoum in central Egypt, where it's been grown for millennia. Called "king" caraway because of its plump seeds and bold flavor, it also has an herbal brightness and sweetness unlike any other we've tasted. Perfect for homemade rye bread.

Tasting notes: Dried Mint • Red Radish • Fresh Bread


  • Add to dough for bread, rolls and other baked goodies
  • Toss a small handful into pickles and other ferments

Cloud Forest Cardamom (Ground Pods)

Our Cloud Forest Cardamom is sweet and tart, reminiscent of summer fruits, fresh herbs and cut grass. It comes straight from a single-estate regenerative farm in the high-altitude cloud forests of Guatemala. The fruit turns yellow as it ripens on the vine and has a softer and sweeter flavor that makes it a perfect upgrade to standard green cardamom.

Tasting notes: Ginger • Apricots • Jungle Flowers


  • Use in cakes, muffins, pastries and other desserts 
  • Sprinkle over oatmeal or into smoothies

Stone Nutmeg

Our stone nutmeg is hand-picked at peak ripeness from a single orchard in Zanzibar. Nutmeg is the inner pit of a yellow stone fruit that splits open when the valuable pit is ripe. This is truly some of the best nutmeg in the world, harvested by hand and dried in the sun. Grate or grind into pasta sauce, cream sauces and desserts.

Tasting notes: Citrus Peel • Eucalyptus • Tropical Warmth


  • Combine with other warm spices like cinnamon and cloves to make a blend for all your baked goods 
  • Grate and sprinkle over baked fruit

Buffalo Ginger

Our ground Buffalo Ginger is an heirloom ginger variety grown by a group of farmers in the mountains of northern Vietnam. Known for its fruity, floral aroma and powerful heat, this is a complex and flavorful ginger powder that will elevate baked goods, stews and curries, and beverages from hot drinks to cocktails.

Tasting notes: Pineapple • Fresh Herbs • Bright Heat


  • Add to apple pies, cookies, cakes and other baked goods
  • Use in place of fresh ginger in soups, stir-fries and braises

Ground Pemba Cloves

Our cloves are grown, harvested and ground by our partner farmers on the small island of Pemba, which is famous for its cloves. They’re hand-picked at the last possible moment before flowering, ensuring the largest size and most mature flavor, and then dried in the tropical sun. They have a bright, sweet intensity with a rich warmth and a numbing menthol buzz.

Tasting notes: Brown Sugar • Pineapple • Tingly Sweetness


  • Mix into a gingerbread dough
  • Add to mulling cider or wine

Sweet Allspice

Our rich Sweet Allspice grows in cloud forests of Guatemala. Its warming, nuanced flavor is reminiscent of toasted almonds and baked fruit. Used widely in Caribbean and Mexican cuisines, it’s a perfect addition to spiced holiday desserts like pumpkin or apple pie; it adds depth and complexity to beverages like cocktails, chai masala or hot chocolate.

Tasting notes: Baked Apple • Toasted Almond • Smoke


  • Sprinkle into hot chocolate or other warm drinks
  • Add to gingerbread cookies, fruit compotes, and apple or pumpkin pies

Smoked Star Anise

Our Smoked Star Anise is picked by hand in the mountains near the border between Vietnam and China. The cold, cloudy weather during the winter harvest means the star anise fruits need to be dried on racks near a wood fire, and they pick up a beautiful hint of smokiness. Grind the petals up for desserts and baked goods.

Tasting notes: Licorice • Woodsmoke • Tart Fruit


  • Add to your mulling spice mix for wine, pears, cocktails and teas
  • Grind and add to spice cookies, holiday cakes and homemade frosting or whipped cream

Nyanza Vanilla Extract Kit

Our Nyanza Vanilla is grown in the hills around Nyanza (aka Lake Victoria) in Tanzania, where the altitude, rich soil and temperate climate produce an especially rich, sweet vanilla. Each jar contains 10 grams of chopped vanilla, with room to add 100ml of your favorite spirit for a single fold vanilla extract.

Tasting notes: Toasted Hazelnut  • Dates • Tannins


  • Add 100ml of your favorite spirit directly to the jar and let it infuse for at least a month (the longer the better!) 
  • Top off frequently, and use as you'd use any other vanilla extract

Al Baraka Nigella Seeds

Our Al Baraka Nigella Seeds are grown by a family of farmers in Fayoum, an ancient agricultural community in central Egypt. Nigella (a member of the buttercup family) has been used for flavor and health for all of recorded history. Perfect for baking and cheesemaking, nigella adds a savory, roasty flavor and aroma. Sprinkle on breads and savory pastries.

Tasting notes: Charred Onion • Tahini • Brick Oven


  • Sprinkle on top of breads or pastries
  • Incorporate into bread doughs and batters for added flavor and crunchy texture

Lucknow Fennel

Lucknow Fennel is a sweet, grassy variety known for having bright green, small, ridged seeds that can be applied to savory and sweet dishes alike. Ours is grown in the hot, arid northern state of Rajasthan in India on the family farm of our partner farmer, Negi. We love these seeds crushed and rolled into a shortbread dough.

Tasting notes: Licorice • Hazelnut • Dried Mint


  • Add to cookie doughs and pies
  • Fold into cake and muffin batter

Cinnamon Verum

Our Cinnamon Verum (aka Ceylon cinnamon or "true" cinnamon) is complex, herbal and a little savory, with notes of pine, citrus peel and sea salt. It comes from Zanzibar, where our partner farmers harvest the inner bark of the cinnamon tree, then dry and grind it.

Ingredient: True Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)


  • Sprinkle over yogurt and oatmeal, and add to smoothies
  • Stir into your favorite coffee, tea or hot chocolate
  • Adorn the top of baked goods and pastries
"An excellent starter kit that includes, among other things, cinnamon that will blow your mind.”
"This set is packed with the upper echelon of baking spices."
how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?



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