Cinnamon is a common ingredient in many recipes. This flavorful spice adds a distinctive kick to many of our favorite foods, but it's also one that's very easy to replace.
Probably the best, most common substitute for cinnamon is allspice. Also known as Jamaica pepper or pimento, allspice is a common ingredient in many desserts and Jamaican dishes. Allspice has a taste akin to cinnamon mixed with cloves and nutmeg. In fact, the best substitute for allspice is cinnamon with -- you guessed it -- cloves and nutmeg [source: Joachim].
If you're out of cinnamon and don't have any allspice handy, try using cardamom (a spice closely related to ginger). Of course, cloves and nutmeg also work well.