Stovetop Apple Pie Filling

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This Homemade Apple Pie Filling is quick and easy. You can make it right on your stovetop and  your favorite flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and more! Apple pie filling can be used for so many different desserts, or you can eat it straight from the saucepan! This is the BEST apple pie filling!

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The Best Homemade Apple Pie Filling

Fall is my favorite season with winter a close second. I am filled with memories of apple picking (Macintosh always!) as a child. I even took my husband back to the same orchard I went to growing up in Vermont.

Apple pie is always a favorite of ours and my husband devours it! This apple filling is the same filling that I used for my Cinnamon Apple Pie  and my Apple Crumble Pie with some minor tweaks.

Today I am sharing my recipe for Stovetop Apple Pie Filling. It’s packed with cinnamon and brown sugar with a touch of maple syrup. You don’t need to wait until the fall to enjoy this!

A small glass mason jar with a cinnamon apple pie filling

Quite a few of my recipes call for this apple pie filling because quite frankly, I am obsessed! I’ve actually been making this recipe since before I started blogging.

This filling is so easy! To make a stove top apple pie, you just need to peel some apple, add a few seasonings and cook on medium to low heat until the apples are fork tender. The apples are soft but not mushy and hold a nice shape. It’s nearly impossible not to sneak a bite. 

Do you want to know my secret for amazing apple pie filling??  I always use maple syrup in my apple filling, it’s a touch of sweetness and helps to caramelize the apples. Trust me, it’s worth it!

A close up of a pan of stovetop apple pie filling 

Recipe Ingredients

It’s super easy, only 6 ingredients needed to make this pie filling. It’s a little bit tart and a little bit sweet. This is a great replacement for a store-brought apple pie filling. 

  • Apples: I prefer to use green apple myself because they’re a little bit tart. 
  • Lemon juice: not only does this help prevent the apples from browning too quickly, but it gives the filling a little acidity. 
  • Maple syrup: This is my secret weapon! It’s adds a touch of sweetness and helps to caramelize the apples.
  • Light brown sugar: I love to use all brown sugar because I like the way it caramelizes. 
  • All-purpose flour: A little bit of flour is used to thicken the filling
  • Cinnamon: I use plenty of cinnamon for flavor. If you’d prefer to use apple pie filling seasoning you certainly can, but I think the cinnamon is enough for me! Feel free to add nutmeg or cloves for a little extra spice 

What type of apples should I use?

Personally, I prefer granny smith apples, because I like how tart they are, but also they aren’t the softest apple, so they don’t get mushy. If I am making a true apple pie recipe, I will use a combination of different types of apples like granny smith and gala apples. 

You can also use honey crisp or Fugi apples or macintosh.

An overhead glass bowl with diced apples, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon

How to Make Apple Pie Filling

  • Peel and dice your apples and immediately toss with lemon juice to keep them from browning too quickly. Apples should be about the size of a dime. 
  • Use your hands to generously coat the diced apples with the dry ingredients and then pour the maple syrup over last
  • Heat apples on the stove over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until soft, stirring frequently. As the apples cook, you may need to add 2 tablespoons of water to the sauce pan if they’re sticking. 
  • Do not cook over medium heat or the apples will cook too quickly
  • Set aside and allow to cool

My filling is sticking to the pan, what can I do?

Since every sauce pan is different, you might find that the filling sticks to the pan as the sugars caramelize. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time and keep stirring frequently, and reduce your heat a little bit.

Diced green apples sitting on a wooden cutting board

Can I make this in advance?

Yes, you can prepare this ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the refrigerate.  This can be very helpful if you need to prepare your desserts ahead of time.

Can I freeze apple pie filling?

I have froze this apple filling this in an airtight container, just be sure it’s completely cooled prior to freezing. Thaw to room temperature and then keep store in the refrigerator. 

An overhead shot of a pan of stovetop apple pie filling

What can I use this apple pie filling for? 

Below I have 15+ recipes on my blog that call for apple pie filling, but this can be used for as a filling cakes or cupcakes or cheesecakes. It also makes a great topping for vanilla ice cream or pancakes. 

No-Bake Apple Treats with Apple Pie Filling

Baked Treats with Apple Pie Filling:

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A small glass mason jar with a cinnamon apple pie filling

Stovetop Apple Pie Filling

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups


This Homemade Apple Pie Filling is quick and easy. You can make it right on your stove top and  your favorite flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and more! 


  • 3 Medium apples, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Slice apples into small pieces (about the size of a dime) and squeeze a lemon over top and stir to combine.
  2. Add brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon over top of apples. Stir to mix ingredients. Pour the maple syrup over the apple and gently stir.
  3. Heat apples on the stove over medium heat for 15-20 minutes until soft, add 2 tablespoons of water to the sauce pan. Stir occasionally. You want the apples to be soft. Set aside and allow to cool, refrigerating if necessary.


  • If you need a large batch, use 5 apples and double all the dry ingredients!
  • If the apples are sticking to the pan, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time
  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: Apple Pie Filling, Apple filling, Stovetop Apple Pie Filling, homemade apple pie filling, how to make apple pie filling


Some of recipes below are make with store bought pie filling,  but they can be easily subsisted with this stovetop apple pie filling. 

A collection of 15 recipes using Apple Pie Filling




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15 Responses
  1. Stephanie

    This recipe brought back fond memories. Many years ago, I stayed for 2 months in a youth hostel outside of Paris. We could use the kitchen’s stove top but no oven. I was able to make an apple pie with a cookie crumb crust . Cooked the apples in a pan, must like your recipe, filled the crust and voila – a taste of home for the Christmas holiday.

  2. Barbara Hall

    Can these recipes be canned for later use? I’m a novice when it comes to baking and canning, I’ve barely gotten the hang of cookies and am now trying new things. I’m learning how to do canning right now. I appreciate any advice you could give me.

  3. Teresa

    OK, first off….. Thank you so very much for not overloading your page with Adds. I was able to find exactly what I found from Pinterest without losing patience with the loading of the page. Bravo!
    Second off…. Your recipe for “Stovetop Apple Pie Filling is one that I will hand-write into my leather bound cookbook (with due credit) to keep. I’m very impressed. I have added some dry tapioca as my Grandmother has always done. The exact measurement is beyond me as my Grandmother has always “eye balled” it.

    Thank you.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Teresa- a leather bound cookbook?! That’s awesome and I am honored to be included! I’ve never tried dry tapioca but I’ve heard it is a common ingredient in pie filling! Thank you again and enjoy!

      1. Kylee

        I’m only giving this recipe 2 stars because, even though it’s tastes amazing, I had to add a full cup of water because even on low heat it started to stick and burn to my pot!

        1. Beyond Frosting

          Hi Kylee, thanks for sharing, I think every stovetop and pan is different, that sounds like a lot of liquid, but again, not sure what your equipment is or the temperature of the stovetop. Thanks!

  4. Melanie @ Gather for Bread

    Julianne, I love this post. I’m going apple picking tomorrow and i’m going to be in apple heaven in my kitchen.
    I’m especially loving those maple apple cheesecake bars. So many good ones to try!

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