Apple Pie Filling Recipe! (Made on the stovetop!)

Easy Apple Pie Filling on the stove top!  This apple pie recipe replaces the usual canned apple pie filling and tastes so much better!

Quick Stovetop Apple Pie Filling!

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I looooove apple pie filling!  I also have a lot of recipes calling for canned apple pie filling..  and it’s kind of expensive…  not to mention, homemade always tastes 1000 x’s better!  This has to be one of my FAVORITES and if you’ve been looking for an easy Apple Pie Filling recipe.. you’ve found it!!

This recipe makes the equivalent of 1 can of apple pie filling and takes just about 10 minutes.  It’s much better than the store bought and quick and easy!  Choose a variety of apples that holds up well to cooking such as Granny Smith! We love this on it’s own or served over ice cream but this easy apple pie filling works perfectly in the recipes below!

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Items you’ll need for this recipe

* Apples * Cinnamon * Saucepan


Quick Stovetop Apple Pie Filling!

This easy recipe replaces 1 can of store bought apple pie filling!
  • 4 medium apples
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Peel, core and slice apples.
  2. Melt butter and cinnamon over medium heat. Stir in apples, sugar & 3 tablespoons water.
  3. Cover and cook stirring occasionally for 4-6 minutes or until very slightly softened.
  4. In a small dish combine cornstarch and water. Add to pan while stirring and continue to cook until apples are soft (not mushy) and filling is thickened. Let bubble 1 minute. Cool.
Some apples are juicier than others. If you would like your filling thicker, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water. Add a little at a time while the mixture is boiling until you reach desired consistency.

I’ve tried many apple pie filling recipes…  and this is definitely one of our favorites!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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  1. Sandra says

    I canned peach pie filling I would can this but omit the cornstarch and do that step when you actually go to use a jar…I’ve read in my. Canning books not to can using cornstarch…

  2. says

    Holly, I LOVE this and it’s so simple and looks delish! I am pinning, printing and sharing with the universe – aka featured on my fb page. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe at Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    • says

      I’ve only tried the recipe as written so I can’t say for sure. If you do try flour you will need more flour than you would cornstarch (approximately 3x) … you may have to play with the amount to get the right consistency.

  3. says

    Your Stovetop Apple Pie Filling looks awesome! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Your post has been pinned with the party!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Courtney says

      Hi there, I have successfully canned apple pie filling in the past , and it turns out awesome! Ive always used minit tapioca instead of cornstarch ( which i just substituted the same amount of tapioca for cornstarch ) Then pack the hot mixture into hot sterilized jars ( 20 min in a 225* oven ) seal, and water bath can for 15 min. Works every time, and when you want to make a dessert quick, just open a jar!

  4. Bee says

    Hi, Holly, I got your recipe for Apple Roll Ups in a Ziplist heading and knew I had to immediately make not only the roll ups but your homemade filling, too. OMG…it is a wonderous recipe, both the dessert and the filling!

    What I love so much about having the filling on hand is the ease in making just ONE of these little treats at a time! I double the filling, stuck it in the frig, and now my family can make however many of these that they want for a healthy treat.

    The only thing different that I did was to use Sunmaid Raisin Bread instead of white bread, simply because we’re obsessed with the joy of raisins. 😀

    Thanks for this quick, healthy and tasty snack!

    • says

      Thank you for stopping by Bee! I’m so glad you enjoyed the roll ups and the addition of raisin bread would be a treat my kiddos would love too!! Lucky you being surrounded by fresh fruit!! I do love the idea of mixing up the apples too.. one of my favorite fall treats for sure!

  5. Bee says

    Oh, and I also wanted to add, I used for different varieties of apples in my filling. We live in the middle of Michigan’s Fruit Belt and have road side stands everywhere, so using different types of apples is simple. Varieties chosen this time are Northern Spy, Wolf River, Cortland and Ida Red. 😀

  6. Joanne says

    Apple season is here! Iplan on going apple picking with some of the ladies, and since my home has downsized from 7people to 2. I can make this ahead of time and freeze some for later use. No wasted apples! Thanx!

  7. Pam says

    Fried apple pies would be delicious with this homemade pie filling! Use canned biscuits. Roll out, put filling in the middle, seal the edges and bake or fry. Gonna try this very soon!

  8. Ivey says


    I have an abundance of apples right now, so this seems very easy to make. How long will it last in the freezer? I am thinking about making a couple of batches.

  9. Kalea says

    Is there a specific kind of apple the recipe is meant to be done with? And if there is, is the recipe still good with other kinds(specifically granny smith apples as these are my favorite)?

  10. says

    I absolutely love this recipe!! Thanks!!! We’ve been waiting for snow to hit for a week here in GA and not being big bread eaters this is a great way to use it! My son loves rolling the bread out!

  11. Suzanne says

    Can I use this immediately after cooking?

    I’m trying this without peeling the apples to see how the consistency is. A lot of the nutrients are in the peel so we’ll see how this works out.

  12. Maryam says

    This was the BEST apple pie filling EVER. this came out so GOOD i cant stop eating it. please put out more recipes like it. LOVE IT

  13. bernie mclean says

    i’ve been looking for the recipe for the sauce to add to sliced apples and this is the closest found. I changed the regular sugar to light brown sugar and use cornstarch as a thickener …BUT only for pies NOT for canning.

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