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An unbaked pie crust filled with homemade apple pie filling.

Apple Pie Filling

This homemade apple pie filling is made with sliced Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, spices and butter, all simmered together until thickened. The best pie filling that also works great for a variety of other desserts and pastries.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 166kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 4 cups apples peeled and thinly sliced, I used Granny Smith
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg freshly ground if possible
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Drizzle the lemon juice over the apple slices.
  • Place the water, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large pan. 
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until just thickened.
  • Add the apples to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Lower the heat to medium and cook until the apples have softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the butter to the pan and stir until it has melted.
  • Cool the apple filling for 10 minutes, then transfer it to containers and refrigerate or freeze until you're ready to use it.



Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.2mg