Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Learn how to make quick and easy homemade apple pie filling from scratch on the stovetop. Made with simple ingredients and ready in just 30 minutes.

This is my Grandma’s HOMEMADE apple pie filling recipe and it’s seriously the BEST apple pie filling ever.

It requires SIMPLE ingredients.

It’s also very FRESH and flavorful, making it perfect for Fall/Autumn when you go apple picking.

Canning apple pie filling was something my Grandma loved to do with this recipe.

However, I like to shamelessly eat it by the spoonfuls and rarely get a chance to can these days…lol.

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This homemade apple pie filling also FREEZES very well, meaning you can store any LEFTOVERS and enjoy it whenever the cravings hit!

Honestly, this filling can be enjoyed in SO MANY other desserts than just pies!


You can use homemade apple pie filling for:

  • Cake filling
  • Cupcake filling
  • Turnovers
  • Strudels
  • Cobblers
  • Apple crisp
  • Cookies
  • Dump cakes
  • Ice cream topping

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Can you freeze homemade apple pie filling? How to freeze apple pie filling?

Making a large batch of apple pie filling to freeze is a great idea! Yes, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Once your filling has cooled down completely, pour the mixture into freezer Ziploc bags and freeze. When you are ready to use it, just place the freezer bag on your countertop and let it come down to room temperature naturally OR you can leave the bag in the fridge overnight.

How to make apple pie filling on the stove? How do you make a pie filling?

The process is very SIMPLE. First, toss the apples and lemon together and keep it aside while you heat up a mixture of water, cornstarch, sugar and spices. Then, you add those apples and cook for about 15 minutes.

How to thicken apple pie filling? How do you make apple filling thick?

I like to use cornstarch to thicken the filling but people have their own preferences. I have seen recipes with tapioca, flour, gelatin, instant ClearJel and even pie filling enhancer. Cornstarch is just easily available at our homes and at stores too.

How to sweeten apple pie filling?

I like to make apple pie filling with brown sugar and granulated sugar together. However, you can sweeten it with honey, maple syrup, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.

What apples to use for apple pie filling?

I like to use Granny Smith apples since their texture and flavor is great in desserts but you can use whatever type of apples you like.

How do you make a homemade apple pie?

Line a pie pan with pie crust. Fill it will this homemade apple pie filling. Cover the top with another layer or pie crust. Bake until crust is fully cooked and enjoy.

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Here are some TIPS for making stovetop apple pie filling:

  • DON’T skip the cornstarch because apple pie filling without cornstarch is very thin and does not have the correct consistency.
  • To PREVENT apples from turning brown, mix together lemon juice and apples and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • ADJUST the quantities of spices, based on your preference.
  • DON’T replace granulated sugar for brown sugar or vice versa. Both sugars are required for the perfect sweetness.
  • DON’T overcook the apples or else they will become soft and “mushy.”
  • You can REPLACE apples with pears and make pear pie filling.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this cooked apple pie filling, you may like some of these other apple recipes too…

Old fashioned applesauce cake

Easy caramel apple coconut pie

Chocolate caramel apples

Apple pie cake

5 from 3 votes

Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Learn how to make quick and easy homemade apple pie filling from scratch on the stovetop. Made with simple ingredients and ready in just 30 minutes.

Servings: 4 cups
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 316 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz


  • 5 cups Apples cored, peeled and roughly sliced
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


  1. In a deep bowl, mix together the apples and lemon juice and keep aside. This prevents them from turning brown.

  2. In a saucepan, add water, cornstarch, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. 

  3. Cook on medium heat and bring to a boil, while constantly mixing (or else you will end up with lumps).

  4. Add the apples and bring to a boil again.

  5. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Your apples should be soft but not "mushy."

  6. Turn off the heat and allow the filling to cool down completely. It will thicken as it cools down.

  7. Pour this mixture into jars with sealed tops and refrigerate for up 1 week.

  8. If you are freezing this filling, pour it into freezer bags once it fully cools down. Seal it properly and freeze up to 3 months. Enjoy!

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

13 comments on “Homemade Apple Pie Filling”

  1. So perfect for fall baking coming up!

  2. Absolutely delicious! I’ve made this filling oever and over again. And everyone loves it!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  3. Excellent recipe, I also add a couple of tablespoons of butter and a smidge of vanilla extract,either way it is delicious and made a delicious Apple pie.

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