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!

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

How to Make Apple Pie Filling Recipe! (Made on the stovetop!)

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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!!

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 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! 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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4.77 from 26 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Quick Stovetop Apple Pie Filling!
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
12 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 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
  • 1/3 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.
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, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 26mg, Potassium: 97mg, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 2.7%, Vitamin C: 5.1%, Calcium: 0.8%, Iron: 0.6%

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

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


Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

212 comments on “Apple Pie Filling Recipe! (Made on the stovetop!)”

  1. Thank you, we make this often at our house. We roll it up in puff pastry for an easy and delicious strudel.

  2. This looks great! Can flour be used in place of corn starch? 

    • 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. I tried to look through the comments to see if anyone else posted this question but I couldn’t find it. This is exactly what I’m looking for but I want to use with other fruits, ie. blueberries, cherries, etc. Do you know what the amount of fruit would be to replace 4 med apples? I’m thinking 4 cups?! Thanks for posting this!

  4. Can this be frozen? Sounds absolutely yummy, I’ve got lots of apples to use up from apple tree and this could be a good way of using them if it can be frozen.

  5. Just made some using frozen sliced apples. Came out a bit soft, but oh well. The best part is that, as good as it smelled, it tasted even better. Being made into tarts.

  6. Amazing recipe. I never thought this would be so easy. I’m a type 2 diabetic so I try to limit the carbs and I usually use Walmart sugar-free canned apple pie filling and use actual egg roll wrappers for a great dessert. I will substitute liquid Splenda concentrate for the sugar and use Xanthan Gum as the thickener to lower the carbs quite a bit. IF you have an air fryer, try that. It only takes a spritzing of olive oil for egg roll wrappers to cook up very crispy in the air fryer.THANK YOU for sharing this! Michigan has marvelous apples and I am certain this will make a much better tasting egg roll filling!

  7. I haven’t made the recipe, but I’m wondering if there was a substitute for the cinnamon? 

    • You can leave it out or add any warm type of spice such as pumpkin pie spice, a tiny bit of nutmeg or even a pinch of dried ground ginger.

  8. This is Fantabolous! I didn’t want to use a can and was happy to find this quick recipe. You won’t be disappointed. I only had Empire Apples and they were delish!
    I used this recipe with cinnabons.
    Tonite we are scoping some vanilla ice cream on them.
    Thx again

  9. This is great! I needed a 19 oz. Can of Apple Pie Filling for a Large Fridge Recipe Muffin Recipe and I usually only have lots of fresh apples in my house, tonight I made this for the recipe! Awesome, Thanks for Sharing!

  10. It was so easy to make the apple pie filling and it tasted great! Waiting for crust to defrost and can’t wait to put it all together and see how it taste and look!

  11. Really easy. Definitely a keeper.

  12. This is a really great recipe! I make it often. Keeps well in ref. Also freezes well. Great to have on hand.

    I add it to bread pudding. Also make quick apple turnovers. A real find!!

  13. Was making my quickie pork chop dinner tonight (chops, stuffing, apple pie filling in a casserole dish)…45 minutes till dinnertime; Oh no! No apple pie filling in the pantry! Did a quick Google search for stove top apple pie filling and this is what popped up. Perfect! Dinner is saved! It’s delicious and as easy as…well, you know ;). May never buy the canned stuff again. This is a keeper!

  14. This was so simple. I used a 3 -lb bag of green Yellow Delicious Apples and doubled the recipe. I do like cinnamon so I used 2 & 1/2 tsp. This tastes so much better than any canned apple pie filling I have tried. 
    I’m using this recipe to make Apple Pie Enchiladas. 
    What I didn’t use I put in a mason jar a froze. After a week I thawed it in the refrigerator, heated it and then ate it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream(Schwans). 
    Delicious both ways!

  15. Just made it for breakfast! Turned out great

  16. Great recipe I brought to a party and it was a BIG HIT!!!!

  17. Try 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and scant 1/8 tsp cloves……makes a world of difference

  18. I had some apples to use up and on a whim tried this recipe. It became a favorite. I keep some in my freezer for convenience. (For freezing, don’t cook apples too soft)

  19. This such an easy recipe. I added a 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Turned out great.

  20. Ho-lee-crap! So easy and so totally fantastic!!!

  21. I needed a last minute apple filling recipe for Thanksgiving and I just found this on Pinterest and tried it. It’s perfect! It was super simple to make and tastes great. Thank you!

  22. I make this filling every year and it never disappoints. It reminds me of my moms apple pie and that’s no easy feat! Thank you for an easy apple pie filling that tastes amazing! 

  23. This worked out beautifully, best filling I’ve ever made. The only difference is that I had covered my apple slices with a bit of lemon juice to keep them from going brown while I was getting everything else ready. I ended up leaving some of that juice in instead of adding the 3 tablespoons of water. This recipe is going into my recipe arsenal.

  24. Wondering if you could use apple cider or apple juice in place of the water to add a little more flavor? Plan on trying this recipe soon.

  25. How long will the bottles of Apple pie filling keep. Should it be refrigerated?

    • I store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. Any longer than that, I suggest that you freeze it. It will keep for three or more months in the freezer.

  26. I made this and used it as a filling for spice cupcakes, it wad awesome!

  27. This was the easiest and best tasting apple pie filling I have ever made. I’m definitely saving and making more!!!!!

  28. This is the BEST apple pie filling i ever made. It is easy simple that i think nyone could bo it. Thank you soooo much. Love it!!!!!!

  29. awesome filling!!

  30. So good
    Greetings from Denmark

  31. Thanks for the pie filling recipe.   Of course, since I’m a scratch cook, I had to mess with it.  Picked apples, delicious and wine sap are the trees I have so I added a tbsp of lemmon juice. Not a big cinnamon guy so I put in half nutmeg.  Awesome. Thanks again.

  32. Quick and easy, taste great – love it!

  33. Made this yesterday because i list my recipe and it is amazing. Thank you for a great recipe i am making more for more pies and desserts.

  34. delicious and simple

  35. I just made this today! I hope there is some left when I get home to bake a pie with….I can’t keep the family out of it. Thank You for sharing this….it is so delicious!!!!

  36. some vanilla or rum extract can be added for flavor. also, rum soaked raisins, bread crumbs and chopped roasted walnuts.

  37. It was easy and taste great.

  38. Great recipe. I added the juice of half a lemon to cut the sweetness because I like my filling a little more tart.

  39. Love apple pie. I am doung this right now. Thanks!

  40. Holly, this looks wonderful and simple! Do you think this would world with puff pastry cups (like little individual tarts) and do you have a recipe for a crumble topping by any chance?

    • Yes, I think this would be delicious in puff pastry cups!

      This is a very simple streusel topping I use:
      3⁄4 cup sugar
      3⁄4 cup flour
      1 tablespoon water
      1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
      1⁄4 cup butter, softened
      optional: lemon zest

      Just mix until crumbly and top your dessert before baking.

  41. Thank you so much for this quick and easy recipe. I searched all over and this one is what I am looking for.

  42. I used brown sugar instead of white and it still came out nice.

  43. I made this filling this weekend and it was divine! Used it for apple crisp! It was perfect.

  44. I’d like to make this filling in bulk for a big party.
    Question 1: will this recipe fill a pie?
    Question 2: can I make it 3 days ahead and keep it in fridge?

    Thank you!
    Rachel Campbell

    • Yes, each pie filling will fill one pie. I store it in the fridge 3-4 days, so you should be good!

  45. How long will this apple pie feeling keep?

  46. This is delicious! I used some Gala apples that were getting old and it still came out very tasty. I use all organic ingredients by the way. Thank you for this awesome recipe. :-)

  47. If you’re using flour instead of cornstarch do you use plain or self-rising? Do you also use 3X as much water?

  48. How many cups of sliced apples does your recipe

  49. I followed the recipe & stored it in jar in fridge to use it later..took it out & discovered not enough liquid like a “canned pie filling” What should I add to give it more filling?..I didn’t want to add water for fear it would water down the flavor.

  50. Holly I am wondering if you could use apple cider instead of the water – to give it a really stupendous apple flavor – what do you think? and maybe use just one cup of sugar.

  51. I love this easy filling Also, it freezes well, so double the ingredients. This one is definitely a keeper.

  52. Really good tasting, quick recipe. Used on slices to cover a tart that had a previously baked crust. I used sweet envy apples and then halved the sugar, but it was still great. Thanks!

  53. Made this recipe today for Thanksgiving 2016. Clear instructions, easy to follow and it turned out great. I made 1.5 times the recipe. And like most home cooks, I tweaked it to fit my style – using apple cider instead of water. I thought about using Calvados as well. Maybe next time – and there will be a next time. Thank you so much.

  54. Do you just put this in a jar and store in pantry? How long will it last?

  55. Overall I love it! Easy to do. I added some salt, nutmeg and all spice – but that’s just me. I also had trouble with my apples falling apart but I think that is the variety I used. Paula Reds (were given to me by a friend who didn’t like them for eating) I am not a fan for eating either but perfect for something like this. Next time I’ll be careful not to over cook. The house smells luscious – I’m a happy camper!

  56. What spice could be used in place of cinnamon? I am allergic to it I have a problem making recipes that use it. This Apple Pie Filling looks easy and delicious.

  57. Just made this recipe! Came out perfectly!!

  58. It looks great! My question is what would you substitute for the cornstarch? I have an allergy to corn.

  59. If looking to store in a jar what size would uou use? Pint? Quart?

  60. I can cook you almost anything but fail dramatically in the pastry department. I’m becoming a fan of Holly’s site really fast! It’s becoming easier and easier following the EXACT guidelines given. Try the Apple pie filling… it’s scrumptious and delish.. Keep them coming Holly :)

    Jeff Sheffield ENGLAND UK

  61. Hi, could this apple filling be canned? I really would like to know, since I have boxes of apples to process and a full freezer, lol!

  62. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I just made this filling in the amount of time you say! Oh my is it good! I used macintosh apples! The macintosh didn’t really hold shape! I could see why you would use granny Smith!

  63. Hi Holly! Just found your recipe for Quick Stovetop Apple Pie filling on Pinterest. I’ve been making apple pies for decades, and always dealt with apple soup – yummy, but soupy. We pick apples every year, and I send in half a dozen pies with my husband to his office. I tried your recipe this year, and happy to report that it was not only delicious but no more soup!!! I deleted all my other apple pie pins, and wrote all over the printed version of yours THIS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WORKS! so I don’t ever go searching for the perfect pie filling. I found it, and this is it! Thanks a bunch for sharing!!

  64. Wondering if I would be able to freeze this filling in glass canning jars? Is that ok? I freeze left overs in Pyrex dishes with lids. Hmmm help please!

    • I don’t think I would freeze this in glass jars. You could maybe find freezer jars or even portion it and freeze it in Freezer Ziploc Bags.

    • Veronica, It is safe to use good quality canning jars in the freezer, if you make sure to leave plenty of head space when freezing your items! Head space is the empty area between the top of the contents in your jar, and the top of the lid when it is screwed on with the cap. You need to leave at least an inch and a half to two inches of head space in your jars when freezing them so your contents have plenty of room to expand when changing from liquid to a frozen solid, otherwise the jars could explode due to the pressure build-up of the confined contents that have nowhere to expand! The reason pyrex bowls with lids work well is that their lids are not really secured air tight and if the contents are expanded to the point that they over flow from the base the lid will simply move aside, or slightly lift up and allow the pressure to escape as it isn’t an air-tight seal! I have several Jars in my freezer right now and they work just fine, you just have to be careful about leaving enough head-space, and I admit I have lost a few jars to cracks when I got in a hurry and didn’t pay attention to what I was doing when filling my jars!

  65. Can I use rice flour in this recipe,instead of the usual thickners?

  66. I just made this filling and it was delicious. I did add a teaspoon of vanilla and an eighth of a teaspoon of salt. I made my own pie crust. I did not pre-bake the crust, I just added the filling and baked it for an hour. It came out perfect and delicious!

  67. HI Holly,
    I have just done your apple pie filling .
    I want to make small apple tarts as I find
    There is less waste,I just can’t throughout
    Any food,
    1,how long do I bake it for
    2,how long will the filling last in the fridge
    3or can I freeze the filling.

    Regards Hilda

    • 1. As the filling is already cooked, you’ll just need to cook long enough to ensure your tart pastry is cooked through.
      2. This should last 3-4 days in the fridge
      3. Yes, this recipe can be frozen.


  68. Gotta love this old school classic, great recipe, thanks for sharing.


  69. Yum to all the dumplings. Thank you

  70. Definitely gonna try this recipe. Sounds perfect and delicious.

  71. What if I don’t have corn starch

    • Flour can be used as a substitute to corn starch, but you will need to use about 3 times the amount that is recommended. I hope this helps!

  72. Hi. I have a couple of questions, 1) can another apple be used (my family doesn’t like granny smith’s) & if so, what kind? And, 2) how long will this keep in the freezer?


    • Yes, any apple can be used. You may need to adjust the cooking time so the apples don’t get mushy depending on what variety you use. This should keep 3-4 months in the freezer if it is well sealed.

  73. Should my pie crust be baked before? Or can I just cook it all together?

  74. Thanks Holly! Can’t wait to try this filling for a pi day pie!

  75. I have a question…..I peeled some granny smith apples,to make a pie.I got sleepy and decided to put them in the fridge.Will they keep until tomorrow, or do i need to do something to them????

  76. Luv this recipe…made a few times so far but today just doubled the recipe. We especially enjoy these soft apples in thin crêpes…yum yum

    thanks for posting.

  77. One word.

  78. Was looking to make something quick that was soft and delicious for my daughter when she had her wisdom teeth pulled, she was in so much pain! This was quick, soft and amazing! Will make this again. Couldn’t believe how good it was for being so easy.

  79. Ok I already used cornstarch with the plan to can these, and give them as gifts. I’m wondering if it would work to freeze it, and then thaw it out and put it in a jar just for looks to give with the instructions to use right away (that it’s not actually canned).

    I’ll use a different method for the other batches, but with this double batch I’m doing right now, will that work? Or will it look weird thawed out, and I should just give up on this double batch being for other people…

    • To be completely honest thawed “cornstarch” recipes sometimes don’t thaw very pretty. If you do decide do try it that way, you might like to test it well beforehand to make sure it had the look you were hoping for.

  80. this was yummy! I made it with my apple pie croissant pie and I was amazing! Thanks!

  81. This recipe is absolutely the best apple pie recipe EVER!!! All my family and friends agree!!

  82. 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.

  83. 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

  84. I NEEDED this!

  85. 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.

  86. 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!

  87. How thick should the apples be cut?

  88. 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)?

  89. I have never cooked with apples before — could you do this with Macintosh or Red Delicious apples?

  90. Should it need additional sugar or is it personal taste and kind of apples used?

  91. Made it,loved it, and I am making it again today! Thanks so much for posting.

  92. Hey,

    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.

  93. Hi, In place of sugar, can you use Splenda?

  94. Just made taste great will diffently keep on recipe file.

  95. 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!

  96. Could you use refrigerated croissant roll?

  97. 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!

  98. 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. :D

  99. 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. :D

    Thanks for this quick, healthy and tasty snack!

    • 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!

  100. Your recipe and the directions have different amounts of water. How much should we be using?

  101. Is this enough for one pie, or should I double it? Also, how long will it last in a ziploc bag in the freezer?

  102. how can i can this recipe..

    • I have not canned this recipe so I can’t say for sure.

    • 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!

  103. Delicious apple pie filling, love that you made it in stove top. thanks for shairng with Hearth and Soul blog hop. Pinning.

  104. Sounds quick and easy…

  105. This looks delicious and I think it would make such a cute gift to give to someone. Thanks for sharing!

  106. This looks delicious. I am definitely pinning so I can try it out for my fall party.

  107. 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

  108. Just the other day I was thinking about a homemade apple pie filling, pinned. Followed you here from Motivation Monday link up.

  109. Can I use flour or something else in place of cornstarch? Thanks

    • 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.

  110. Great share, thank you for visiting us at the #WWDParty.

  111. This looks amazing! Im going to have to whip up a batch to have on hand! YUM

  112. 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

  113. This looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to use the apple pie filling for many different fall desserts! Visiting from the ultimate linky wonderful Wednesday party :)

  114. Yummers! This looks delicious, Holly! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!

  115. 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…

  116. what is best way to store this…freeze…can…fridge?

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