Homemade Apple Pie Filling has all the flavors of fresh apples and cinnamon spice!

Everyone knows that the best apple pie filling is usually made from scratch. With this easy recipe any baker, no matter how inexperienced, can make the most delicious pie filling right at home. It’s super easy! So put that can opener away, because nothing compares to the crisp texture and spicy cinnamon & nutmeg flavor of apples cooked fresh on the stove top. 

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Homemade Apple Pie Filling


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There are just so many things to love about this recipe!

  • Just 7 staples ingredients mean that this recipe can be made with ingredients found in the pantry.
  • Easy to customize and it’s great to replace this filling into any apple dessert that strikes your fancy. Try the easiest and tastiest Cinnamon Apple Crescent Rolls ever, or make a tasty Crock Pot Apple Cobbler or Crisp recipe.
  • Fresh taste without preservatives or extra sugar, and no high fructose corn syrup. 
  • Just the right balance of spices & sugar to fruit. There’s no “too much” of anything. 

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Ingredients & Variations

APPLES Granny Smith is the go-to apple for baking. They are crisp and tart, even slightly sour—a pleasant pairing that goes with sugary pastries. Other tart apple varieties include Pink Lady, Braeburn, or McIntosh. 

SPICES Cinnamon & nutmeg are all that’s called for, to keep it simple. Feel free to make a signature spice mix by adding ginger, allspice, or even a pinch of cloves. 

EXTRAS Raisins, currants, or other fruits like rhubarb, cranberries, or pears can be added to make a rich, rounded fruit filling. 

BUTTER Butter adds a creamy & savory flavor that makes the filling taste almost like caramel. So delicious! 

How to Make Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Even with the busiest schedule, making this pie filling is no hassle at all. Add it to a quick cobbler, or apple crisp!

  1. Melt butter with spices, stir in prepared apples, sugar, & water.
  2. Cook (per the recipe below), then add the thickener.
  3. Once apples are soft and filling has thickened, cool completely, then store or use.

Homemade Apple Pie Filling cooking in a pan

Recipe Notes 

  • A fun tip for that end of the summer bounty: make apple pie popsicles by pouring some apple pie filling into popsicle molds, about halfway to the top. Fill the rest with apple juice or cider and freeze for a fun summer or autumn treat!
  • Keep homemade apple pie filling in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. The sugar will preserve it, as long as it’s kept cool. 
  • One of the greatest things about this recipe is that it’s so easy to freeze for use in future desserts. Add to freezer-safe containers or zippered bags and for best results use within 6 months.  

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Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Use this stove top apple pie filling in a cobbler or a tasty apple crisp.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly


  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg


  • Peel and core the apples cutting them into small pieces.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan with cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in the apples, sugar, and water.
  • Cook for 5-8 minutes or until the apples are tender. Stir together 1 Tablespoon cornstarch and 1Tablespoon water, then stir into the apple mixture.
  • Continue to cook apples until they are soft and the filling has thickened. Cool completely.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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