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Make-Ahead Apple Pie Filling

EASY make-ahead apple pie filling keeps your pie crust well baked (not soggy) for holiday baking! If you want to make the best apple pie, you need this homemade apple pie filling recipe! Perfect for holiday baking. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday pie filling, homemade pie filling, large batch apple pie filling
Servings: 10 mini-pies
Calories: 225kcal


For the Apple Pie Filling:

  • 6 large Granny Smith apples cored and cut into medium 1/2" size pieces
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


mix apple filling

  • Rinse, cut apples (remove/discard the core) into 1/2 pieces. 
  • In a large pot, add water, lemon juice, granulated sugar, cornstarch, kosher salt, cinnamon, and ground nutmeg to a boil. Stir using a metal whisk.

cook the apples

  • With the heat on high, bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes and keep stirring (don’t walk away) then add apples. Stir to combine and coat the apples.
  • Cover, medium simmer 10 minutes.
  • Turn off heat, cover,  and cool for 30-45 minutes. It will get really thick, this will prevent the pie crust from getting soggy!
  • Once the apple filling is cool, use or store in zip-top bags in the freezer.


Put pie portions in zip-top bags, date and freeze. This is a freezer recipe for pies, hand-pies, tarts, and crumbles.

How Much Pie Filling Do you Need Per Apple Pie?

For a standard 9-inch pie dish, you will need 5 to 6 cups of apple pie filling per apple pie.

How Many Pies Will This Filling Make?

This recipe makes approximately 12 cups of pie filling and will make 2 standard 9" apple pies. If you make a deep dish apple pie,( or pile it up higher), then you will have enough filling for approximately 1 deep dish pie, and some extra for hand pies or mini pies. 

How Far in Advance Can I Make an Apple Pie?

Apple pie stays fresh for quite a long time after baking! A freshly baked pie can stay fresh for up to five days: up to two days on the counter, or up to five days in the fridge. Make sure to loosely cover it with plastic wrap to keep it fresh as long as possible.
If you want to make it much earlier than five days before your event, see my section above on freezing an apple pie that has already been baked.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg