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Easy Freezer Apple Pie Filling

Our freezer apple pie filling will help you get to that cozy smell of apples and cinnamon baking.

Now I know you could just light up your favourite scented candle to get that wonderful smell, but we can’t eat candles!

You want the real deal, like some cozy apple crisp, an apple cobbler, or maybe even a freshly baked loaf of apple bread!

Some of the best apple dessert recipes are so easy to make, but it’s preparing the apples, usually the apple filling that takes time.

And sometimes we’re just not feeling it right?

closeup of freezer apple pie filling in freezer bags

But what if you could just defrost a bag of homemade apple pie filling – that you made yourself months ago?

And there is no cooking involved. Just peeling, slicing and mixing.

Sound good?

It’s a whole different story.

Apple pie filling can go so many places.

Like into delicious bakery style apple muffins that are perfect for breakfast. Or create a simple French Apple Tart with puff pastry.

We’ve got some of the best apple dessert recipes that you can use your amazing apple pie filling in!

This recipe for apple pie filling takes away all that mess and prep time!

You will not only save time with our method of making apple pie filling, but you will save money too!

Apple Pie Filling Ingredients

display of ingredients for freezer apple pie filling includes apples in a red colander on a printed tea towel, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, corn starch & freezer bags

People ask if the apples go mushy or soft. I have had great success with this filling in everything from muffins to pies to cobblers.


Apples are one of the easiest fruits to freeze IMHO. I accidentally realized this when I was preparing apples for my apple pie muffins.

I had peeled all of the apples left in the crisper to use them up but had too many. What to do?

I bagged up the leftovers – about 1 ½ cups for the next time I baked those yummy muffins.

And then forgot about them!

Until I decided to make Apple Pie Bread. We had just visited the Big Apple in Colborne, Ontario and brought home some of their yummy breads, so I wanted to recreate that sweetness.

I took out the frozen apples and they tasted so good inside this yummy quick bread that’s not only full of apples, but cinnamon and brown sugar too.

Freezer Apple Pie Filling FAQs

Got questions about making this recipe? We’ve got answers!

How do you know if apple pie filling is bad?

I’ve never had anything in my freezer long enough, but this filling should keep up to one year. That’s also why we write the date on the freezer bags. I think if there is freezer burn inside the bag, then you should really throw it out.

What are the best apples for apple pie?

The age old question! Some cooks and bakers think only cooking apples are what you should use, but I think whatever you have on hand is perfectly fine.

I find that Paula Red Apples are usually on sale at our grocery store, so that’s what I buy. Granny Smiths are firmer so they are great in pies too.

McIntosh are a great eating apple, but that sweetness is so good in a baked apple dessert!

Is it better to freeze an apple pie cooked or uncooked?

I’ve done both successfully! A cooked apple pie just needs to be thawed and reheated, while an unbaked frozen apple pie will need to be baked. Some bakers go from freezer right to the oven, many frozen pies in your grocer are like that..

What’s the best way to peel and core apples?

Good question! I have always used a vegetable peeler until quite recently when I switched to an apple slicer.

You know the kind where you push down on the apple and it slices and cores at the same time?

I like this way because you end up with nice and thick apple slices which are great for any type of apple dessert. I have tried to use an apple peeler, like the old fashioned ones that sit on your counter and you crank away, but I just end up with a mess.

I’m sure that’s just me. If you have any tips for me I’d love to hear them!

I’ve included links to some of the products I’ve used in the recipe card.

Preparing a batch of freezer apple pie filling is the perfect way to spend a wintry afternoon. Put on some of your favourite tunes, make a yummy hot drink (spiced apple cider?) and peel away.

You’ll be done in no time. And then the next time your family asks for your famous apple dessert you’ll be happy to oblige, with no fuss at all.

Enjoy.

green and red apples in red colander on a printed tea towel with ingredients ready to make apple pie filling
Yield: 8 to 10 cups

Freezer Apple Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 lb apples (about 8 cups of peeled & cored apples)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • medium sized freezer bags

Instructions

Grab your leftover apples from the crisper and get them ready. Once you've peeled and cored them, place in a large bowl.

Mix in the white and brown sugar, corn starch, cinnamon together in a small bowl.

Mix the sugar mixture with apples, making sure they are well coated.

Put 1 1/2 to 2 cups of apple mixture into a freezer bag, that you can label with today's date and freeze

That's it!

Just take your freezer apple pie filling out of the freezer a couple of hours before you are going to bake and you're all set.

Notes

Don't worry if you have more apples than the recipe calls for. You can either increase or decrease the sugar and cinnamon to taste, and if there are more apples, increase the cornstarch as well.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 cups

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 87gFiber: 8gSugar: 71gProtein: 1g

This makes 8 cups approx. of apple pie filling.

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And here are some of those amazing apple dessert recipes I was telling you about!

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Hi there, I'm Judy, it's awesome to meet you! I'm a writer, master pie baker and I've been helping people reach their personal and career goals for over 30 years.   I believe everyone should experience the joy of creating old fashioned recipes, just like Mom or Grandma used to make. And I also help you to create those memories for you and your family with Simple, Delicious, Wholesome recipes that you can learn to make. We also help you discover that Simple Living isn't just a concept.  It's a state of mind. Comforting food and Simple Living. It's all here. You can read more on my About page!

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