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Apple Filling Recipe

The best apple filling recipe made with fresh Jonagold apples, apple cider, spices and honey! The perfect apple filling to use in pies, cakes and any apple dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 370kcal


  • apple corer


Spiced Apple Filling Recipe

  • 2 lbs apples or other starchy apple like granny smith or honeycrisp (about 4 apples)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 oz butter
  • 4 oz brown sugar or white sugar is fine
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 12 oz apple juice or water
  • 1 oz cornstarch
  • 2 oz water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract


  • Peel, core and chop apples into small, ½" cubes
  • Place apples in a large pan over medium heat
  • Add butter and stir until butter is melted. About 1 minute.
  • Add apple juice, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and sugar and stir to combine.
  • Stirring occasionally, cook until the apples have softened. They should still have a little bit of firmness, but not be mushy.
  • Whisk water and cornstarch together in a separate cup to make a slurry, then add to apples while gently stirring over medium-high heat.
  • Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture begins to bubble to make sure the cornstarch is fully cooked.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat.
  • Add in orange extract, vanilla, lemon juice, and honey. Stir to combine.
  • Pour into a cake pan or bowl and refrigerate to cool quickly. Store about 2 weeks in the fridge.



  1. The original recipe called for apple cider because its concentrated in flavor and unsweetened but so many people used apple cider VINEGAR instead that I changed the recipe. If you can find apple cider JUICE then I feel that tastes better. 
  2. If you don't have an apple corer, you can core your apples by hand with a sharp knife


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg