Homemade Apple Pie Filling

4.63 from 45 votes

Homemade Apple Pie Filling – this easy recipe takes just a few minutes and tastes so much better than canned pie filling! Keep it in your freezer for when you want pie filling ASAP!

You never need to buy the can of pie filling again – just whip up this easy recipe to use for your pies or an easy side dish.


Homemade Apple Pie Filling - this easy recipe takes just a few minutes and tastes so much better than canned pie filling! Keep it in your freezer for when you want pie filling ASAP!

Every week I have a list of things I’m going to bake or cook. At the beginning of the week, usually on Mondays, I make a list of what I have to bake/photograph/video for the week, do an inventory of my pantry, and make a shopping list. Then, as is also normal, by Wednesday when I’m actually doing the recipes, I change my mind 10 times or add a few new recipes to the mix. Last week was no exception to my rule: I decided I needed apple pie filling for a recipe (coming Sunday!)

I never buy apple pie filling unless it’s for a recipe, because in all honesty, I don’t really like canned pie filling very much. Sure, I use it, because it’s easy and makes things like dump cake or slab pie even easier than normal, and you all love easy recipes. So of course, on a random Wednesday when I decide to make an apple recipe using pie filling, I don’t have any in my pantry. And because, by Wednesdays, I’ve been to the store usually 3 times already, I don’t want to go again.

But then I realized something: I can make my own apple pie filling. It will taste better, be fresher, and I can use it in so many recipes (like the best apple strudel recipe or crockpot apple dump).

I don’t know why it’s taken me 7 years to make my own pie filling, but I’m glad I finally came around to the other side of things. Homemade apple pie filling is better tasting and better for you, I’m sure. Plus, it’s good in so many recipes!

Homemade Apple Pie Filling is an easy apple recipe that tastes better than from a can!

Remember back in the day when we’d eat TV dinners? My dessert half the time was cinnamon apples. I never liked them much, but it dawned on me that homemade apple pie filling is really just the same thing as those cinnamon apples. (Also: those TV dinner makers were so cheap, they were giving us apple pie filling but didn’t want to spend a few extra pennies for a crust?)

This easy recipe is a cooked apple pie filling, made on the stovetop, and is perfect to use immediately, eat over the week, or freeze for later. Normally we make crockpot applesauce after we go apple picking, but this year we’re also going to make more apple pie filling too!

Homemade Apple Pie Filling is an easy recipe that is better than canned and goes so well in so many fall recipes.

Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe

Tips for perfect apple pie filling:

  1. I like to slice my apples in chunks. I don’t know about you, but the canned filling you get at the store has apples that are too big to eat! Chop them how you like to eat them.
  2. The good thing about making this homemade is that you can add or reduce spices as you like. Love cinnamon? Add a touch more, or reduce it if you prefer it plainer.
  3. You can also use your favorite kind of apples. I used a combination of Granny Smith and Fuji because it was what I had in my fridge.
  4. I know some people prefer making apple pie filling without cornstarch, but find it’s the easiest way to make it and you probably have everything already on hand.
  5. Them mixture thickens as it cools so even though it looks loose after it’s done, it’ll thicken up quite a bit.

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Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Homemade Apple Pie Filling - this easy recipe takes just a few minutes and tastes so much better than canned pie filling! Keep it in your freezer for when you want pie filling ASAP!
4.63 from 45 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 cups
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 4 cups apples peeled, cored, and diced
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Place apples in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice.
  • Place water, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine then bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Once the mixture boils, boil it for two minutes. Add the apples, turn to a simmer, and cover. Cook, stirring often, until the apples soften, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Pour into jars to cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate. The mixture will thicken more as it cools.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Sodium: 50mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, pie

If you’re looking for other things to make with Homemade Apple Pie filling be sure to check out more of my recipes below, plus Apple Pie Dumplings, Deep Fried Apple Pie Bars, and Apple Pie Poke Cake from my fellow bloggers!

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  1. Tasted good but was too liquidy. Cornstarch was not expired. Added a little more cornstarch, maybe it will be better. Added it into an apple crumble cake and it worked out ok.

    1. That is strange – it should have thickened before you even finished cooking it. Chances are you needed to cook it longer – and was your cornstarch expired by chance?

  2. I want to try this but in an actual pie. If I make the filling according to your recipe then put it into an uncooked crust, how long should I cook the pie? I assume someone has put this into a pie 🙂

    1. For baking it, make your crust, fill it with the pie filling, top it as desired (a second crust or crumble). I bake it at 425 for 10 minutes then lower the oven temp to 350 and you’ll need to bake it probably 40 more minutes or so. Brush the top crust with egg wash to make it brown better.