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Easy Homemade Apple Pie Filling

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Pie season is here, which means it’s time to share our family favorite recipe for easy homemade apple pie filling. Bonus: it’s delicious and you can freeze pie filling!

homemade apple pie filling in glass jar next to two apples

Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe

I grew up around a lot of canning. My mom canned all summer long and we got to eat that deliciousness all winter long. It was awesome, and this apple pie filling totally reminds me of her.

We take everything for granted as kids and then suddenly you’re an adult and you’re trying to get down everything you can about your parents, their recipes, their advice etc. While I don’t can like my mom does (though I really should because nothing is quite like her fresh canned green beans), I do freeze quite a bit. This apple pie filling is great to use freshly picked fall apples.

I’ll have to get you her applesauce recipe too. It’s my favorite applesauce around and store-bought doesn’t really compare. It’s like a garden fresh tomato versus store-bought. Just not the same thing.

Apple Pie Filling Ingredients 

To make the best apple pie filling, here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Good quality apples
  • Spices
  • Butter
  • Cornstarch
  • Water 
  • Granulated sugar 

When it comes to making homemade apple pie filling, simple ingredients really are best! 

What Are the Best Apples for Apple Pie Filling?

To make homemade apple pie filling, you’ll want to choose good apples. You don’t want anything too mushy, but rather a crisp snap when you bite in. This will ensure that the apples cook down properly without turning to applesauce. We prefer to use two Granny Smith and two Honeycrisp apples. Not only do both have great texture, but the sour of the Granny and sweet from the Honey Crisp also give a perfectly balanced flavor to the apple pie filling. 

homemade apple pie filling in glass jar

How to Make Apple Pie Filling

This truly is such an easy apple pie filling to make. If you can peel and dice apples, you can handle this recipe! Here’s a quick rundown of how to make apple pie filling from scratch: 

  1. Peel, core, and dice the apples. 
  2. Melt the butter and spices in a non-stick skillet. 
  3. Stir in the apples, sugar, and a little water. 
  4. Cover and cook until the apples soften slightly. 
  5. Stir together cornstarch and some more water in a small bowl. 
  6. Pour the cornstarch slurry over the apples and continue cooking until the apples are soft and the filling has thickened.  

Can You Freeze Apple Pie Filling?

Yes! In fact, we often make apple pie filling to freeze for later. To freeze apple pie filling, you need to let it cool down completely. We stick the filling in the fridge and then straight into freezer storage bags, and we press all of the air out of as we seal it. The homemade apple pie filling is good for 1-2 months in the freezer, just be sure to defrost before serving.

Ways to Use Apple Pie Filling

Besides the obvious way to use this apple pie filling (in a delicious apple pie, of course!), there are so many ways you can enjoy this recipe. Here are a few of our favorite ways to repurpose this easy apple pie filling: 

Tips for the Best Apple Pie Filling

First of all, it’s really important that you cook your apples slowly, as a high heat will burn the sugar and the apples. The apples need a good 10 to 15 minutes to cook down fully, so be patient and remember to stir the filling occasionally. 

Also, feel free to play around with the spices in this apple pie filling recipe. If you prefer a more spiced filling, add more cinnamon and nutmeg. You could even add in other warming spices like allspice, ginger, or cardamom. Just be careful not to add too many spices, because you want to taste those wonderful apples! 

Finally, I’m sure you could can this apple pie filling, but we prefer to freeze it. This filling will also last up to 2 weeks in the fridge, so you don’t have to freeze or can it if you don’t want to.

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Easy Homemade Apple Pie Filling

4.41 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 Liter Jar
Pie season is here, which means it's time to share our family favorite recipe for easy homemade apple pie filling. Bonus: it’s delicious and you can freeze pie filling!


  • 4 Medium Apples
  • 3 Tablespoons Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch + 2 teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Peel, core and chop or slice the apples.
  • Melt butter and cinnamon, and nutmeg over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Stir in the apples, sugar and 3 tablespoons of water.
  • Cover and cook stirring occasionally for 4-6 minutes or until very slightly softened.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water.
  • While stirring, drizzle in the cornstarch and continue to cook until apples are soft and filling is thickened. Let bubble for one minute. Cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for 2 weeks in the fridge or one month in the freezer.


Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks, or freeze for 1 month.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Apple Pie Filling
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 cup)
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 24g27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Very Good!

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    • Thanks, Aaron!!

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  • This was great. It tasted amazing. I will 100% use this recipe again.

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    • Thank you so much!

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  • This was delicious! The apples ere perfect and the seasoning was just right! Thank you for this amazing recipe.

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    • Yay! Thank you so much!

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  • I just stared using this recipe for my cupcakes and everyone loves them. A big hit. Very good recipe.

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    • Yay! Thank you so much!

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  • How long do I cook the pie using the filling

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  • It was very quick and delicious. Made a good treat in pies, cupcakes and to just eat by itself.

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    • I like to use any excuse to eat this pie filling! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  • this was so easy to do. And very tasty thank you for sharing this

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  • How many tsp of cornstarch?

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    • The recipe card has all the info you need! 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp of cornstarch! Enjoy!! Thank you Amanda!

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  • Is  corn starch the same as Australias cornflower

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    • Yes! Same thing!

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  • Hi, I’m gonna be using this for cupcake about how many ounces is it

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    • This recipe makes about 24-30 ounces of apple pie filling.

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  • Does this recipe do well canned in jars in a water bath?

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    • Yes absolutely!!

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  • On this step – While stirring, drizzle in the cornstarch and continue to cook until apples are soft  and filling is thickened. 

    How long is this step?  Just a few minutes?

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    • Sadly cornstarch isn’t a weird ingredient that if something gets extra got it might thicken quickly while other times it has taken a good 5-10 minutes so it’s best to watch how thick it’s getting.

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  • I’m excited to try your pie filling recipe! I have one question: how many pies will this fill? If I am making 2 pies should I double the amount I make? Thank you!

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    • Hi Sarbina, Yes, double it for two. 🙂

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