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

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Apple Pie Filling is the perfect way to cook up your apples.  These tender sweet-tart apples take just minutes to prep and taste so  much better than the canned version!

They can be used in pies or tarts or in any recipe that calls for a can of apple pie filling!  We scoop them on ice cream or yogurt or even add them to Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal! Any variety of apple will work perfectly in this recipe!

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Easy Stove Top Pie Filling

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!!

How to Make Apple Pie Filling

You’ve heard the saying as easy as Apple Pie, this recipe is exactly that… apples are peeled and sliced and simply added to a pan with a bit of water, sugar and cinnamon.  Once tender, I add a bit of cornstarch to thicken up this apple pie filling. Any of the juices released from the apples to make the “saucy” part.  Voila.  It’s that easy!

This easy apple pie filling recipe makes the equivalent of 1 can of apple pie filling and takes just about 10 minutes.  It’s perfect to substitute for a can of apple pie filling (and tastes so much better than the store bought)!  Choose a variety of apples that holds up well to cooking such as Granny Smith!

How to Freeze Apple Pie Filling

This apple pie filling is delicious and can be used right away. We mainly make it to replace cans of pie filling in recipes, if I am making an actual apple pie from scratch, I don’t pre cook the filling. If you do make this filling you can of course freeze it.

Simply cook as directed and cool. Freeze in a freezer bag. Once ready to use, defrost overnight in the fridge and use as you would from fresh!

We love this on it’s own or served over ice cream but this easy apple pie filling works perfectly in the recipes below!

  • Apple Pie Egg Rolls: If you like the OLD McDonald’s apple pies (the fried ones!) you will LOVE these!!!
  • Apple Pie Tacos: Crispy Cinnamon Sugar Shells filled with Warm Apple Pie Filling!
  • Apple Pie Roll Ups: Easy baked apple pie roll ups rolled in cinnamon sugar and served warm!
  • Apple Pie Dumplings2 Ingredient Apple Pie Dumplings! This is the easiest dessert to put together!
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Apple Pie Filling Recipe! (Made on the stovetop!)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Quick Stovetop Apple Pie Filling! This easy recipe replaces 1 can of apple pie filling and is so much better than the store-bought filling!


  • 4 medium apples
  • cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

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  • Peel, core, and slice apples.
  • Melt butter and cinnamon over medium heat. Stir in apples, sugar & water.
  • Cover and cook stirring occasionally for 4-6 minutes or until very slightly softened.
  • In a small dish combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Add to the pan while stirring and continue to cook until apples are soft (not mushy) and filling is thickened. Let bubble 1 minute. Cool.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 109, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 26mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 135IU, Vitamin C: 4.2mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.1mg

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

Course Dessert, Pie
Cuisine American
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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. Struggled with watery apple pies. My family told me to stop making them, lol. I found this recipe!! Love it. I use this recipe all the time and finally my family loves my apples pies. Its a no fail recipe and it is delicious.

  2. I used this as a guide for making filling. I’d never done it before. I used granny smith apples, and added a tiny bit of lemon juice and vanilla, and it was so delicious, I think I almost DIED. Thank you for posting this!5 stars

  3. I made this tonight, it is a very good recipe! Thank you. I used it in an almond flour pie crust and it worked great! The almond flour is fragile so pre-cooking this filling worked great since I only cooked the pie for 35 minutes. I’m keeping this recipe. (: