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Stovetop Apple Pie Filling

Julia | The Yummy Bowl
Make a delicious apple pie with this easy stovetop apple pie filling recipe! This recipe will ensure the apples are full of flavor, cooked until perfection, and hold their shape and flavor. Or simply enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, either way, these taste incredible.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Sauces & Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 103 kcal


For Apple Pie Filling

  • 4 medium cups apples cored and thinly sliced, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 ½ cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon all spice
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ vanilla paste
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon or more if you love the flavor

Cornstarch slurry

  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon water


  • Place the cut apple sliced into a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice.
  • In a large heavy bottom, pot combine water, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, salt. Simmer over medium to low heat, constantly stirring.
  • Meanwhile, in a smaller bowl mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and pour into the pot.
  • Stir to combine until the mixture thickens.
  • Once thickened, lower the heat and add the apples, stir to coat, and simmer until apples are softened. Add vanilla and melt the butter in the pot.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Use in your favorite apple pie, cookies, dumplings, and so on. Enjoy!


  • What kind of apples make the best pie filling?
    It would be great if you had a combination or just one type of the following you should end up with guaranteed the best possible result: Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala, or Pink Lady. These apples are crisp and hold up exceptionally well during cooking. I have been also recommended to use Jonagolds, Winesap, Braeburn for cooking/baking (especially apple pies and crumbles) but have never tried it yet myself. Let me know if you do use these and how it will turn out!
  • Storing and Freezing instructions. You can keep the ready-made stovetop apple pie filling sealed and in an airtight container, jar in the fridge for 3-5 days. Freeze for up to 2-3 months.



Calories: 103kcal
Keyword easy apple pie filling, stovetop apple pie filling
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