Apple Pie Filling Recipe

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It’s almost apple season here and this apple pie filling recipe is the perfect way to enjoy this season. This apple topping is great for apple pies, but you can also use it on top of pancakes, waffles, and my favorite funnel cakes.

Apple Pie Filling in a Mason Jar
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I’m a huge fan of all things apple! As soon as fall is right around the corner I start with baking apple goodies. Having this apple topping ready to enjoy is the perfect way to start the fall season.

Apple Pie Filling Ingredients

  • apples
  • water
  • lemon juice
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cornstarch
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • cloves

Where to use Apple Topping

  • pancakes
  • waffles
  • funnel cakes
  • ice cream
  • pie filling

Making Apple Pie Filling

This apple topping recipe is super easy to put together. You can pick your favorite apple(s). I love to a combo of apples, something tart and something sweet. For this recipe I used half Granny Smith and half Fuji apples.

Cut up applies

You’ll squeeze some lemon juice over the top to keep them from browning.

The rest of this recipe is super easy, just adding the rest of the ingredients into a deep skillet.

Ingredients for apple topping

You’ll heat the ingredients up while whisking them together, then it’s time to add the apples.

Simmering apple topping

You’ll let the apples simmer for about 20 minutes and that’s it… luscious apple goodness!!!

Apple Pie Filling in a Mason Jar

You can keep the filling in a jar in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can follow canning directions to keep it longer. In our house, it doesn’t last a week!

Apple Pie Filling

This delicious apple pie filling is great for pie but also makes a great topping on pancakes, ice cream, etc.
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Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:45 mins


  • 6 cups apples I used 2 Granny Smith and 2 Fuji apples
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves


  • Peel the apples and cut them up into bite-sized pieces. Drizzle the lemon juice on top and toss to coat.
  • Add the water and white sugar to a large skillet. Turn the heat onto medium.
    Water and Sugar in a pan
  • Add the brown sugar to the skillet.
    Adding brown sugar
  • Pour in the cornstarch.
    Add cornstarch
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into the skillet. Whisk everything together.
    Adding cinnamon
  • Once the mixture starts to bubble, add the apples and let it simmer for 20 minutes on low heat. Stir occasionally.
    Apples simmering
  • Add to a pie crush and bake or save in a mason jar in refrigerator to use within a week.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, pie
Servings: 1 pie

I hope you get a chance to try this apple pie filling recipe soon.

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  1. This would make such a cute Christmas gift for my neighbors too! Pinning but have a questions. I’m guessing I put the nutmeg and cloves in when we add the cinnamon? Can you tell I can’t bake or cook? Looks delicious!

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