Freezer Apple Pie Filling is the simple and delicious solution to all of your dessert needs! This apple pie filling takes classic baking apples, sugar, spices, and a bit of butter and turns them into the ideal pie filling to use in dozens of recipes.
Freezer Apple Pie Filling
I originally made this recipe to share how I used my Food Saver to store more than just meat in the freezer.
Over the years, it has become a favorite way to use up those apples I pick up during apple picking season.
This freezable filling can be stored for months, which makes it a perfect way to plan ahead for holiday gatherings.
Apple pie is a classic summer dessert topped with ice cream, but I also love using this to make mini pies, cookies, cupcakes, apple cakes, and even cobblers or coffee cakes.
It’s so versatile that it is the perfect freezer pie filling recipe to have on hand all the time.
Make sure you mix up a batch of my homemade apple pie spice for use in this recipe.
What are the Best Apples for Freezer Pie Filling?
In this recipe, I use Granny Smith apples. While I have tried a variety of apples over the years in many recipes, this is the standard for apple pie filling.
Not many of our local orchards have Granny Smith picking days, but I can also use Jonagold or Macintosh for this recipe with equal success.
The secret is you want an apple that will hold some of its texture when baking, but also soften easily. Granny Smith are ideal for this, plus they offer a slight tartness that compliments the sugar in the recipe.
How Long Does this Apple Pie Filling to Freeze Last?
If you are asking how long it is good for, then I have kept this in food saver bags for up to 6 months in the freezer with great results. In a regular Ziploc freezer storage bag, I would use within 3-4 months for best results.
If you are asking how long it will last before I need to make more? Well, that depends entirely upon how often I indulge my cravings for apple desserts!
Can You Freeze Apple Pie?
Yes! In fact, an apple pie is one of the easiest baked goods to freeze for future use. It can be frozen both unbaked and completely baked.
While this recipe isn’t low-carb, you can make my low-carb pie crust as a gluten-free option if needed.
How to Freeze Apple Pie
If you want to freeze the apple pie “raw” to be baked at a later date, you can definitely do so easily.
For freezing an unbaked apple pie, follow these steps.
- Place a pie crust in the bottom of a disposable pie plate.
- Top with pie filling that has cooled completely, filling just to the edge of the pie plate (don’t overfill).
- Top with a full pie crust, lattice strips, or whatever topping pattern you prefer.
- Lightly cover your pie with plastic wrap, and place on a flat shelf in your freezer for at least one hour. Once the pie has “flash frozen’, you can wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then slide inside a freezer storage bag that has been labeled and dated.
- Always store flat on its bottom in your freezer so it does not break or crumble.
- This can be placed from freezer to oven and baked, or can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator before putting into the oven to bake.
For freezing a baked apple pie, you will follow these steps.
- Once the pie has baked, allow it to cool completely before wrapping to place in the freezer.
- Wrap completely with plastic wrap, then slide into a labeled and dated freezer storage bag.
- Place on a flat shelf in the freezer so that it does not break or crumble.
- When ready to serve, pull the pie from the freezer and allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave or oven.
What Other Recipes Can I Use This In?
Other than just eating the pie filling by itself or in a traditional pie, you can use it in tons of different ways!
- Top vanilla ice cream with hot apple pie filling
- Use in place of fresh apples in my apple dessert pizza
- Mix some into the No Bake Take 5 Apple Pie
- Place in wonton cups or mini pie shells for individual portion tarts
- Mix into a spice cake mix to add extra texture
- Top with pie crust as a cobbler
- Mix into cupcake or cake batter
- Add to my pumpkin apple bread recipe
- Mix into slow cooker oatmeal
- 3 pounds (7-8) baking apples, like Golden Delicious
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
- 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
- 1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Peel, core, halve the apples and slice each half into 4 wedges. Place in a large bowl with the lemon juice. Fold apples so each is evenly coated with lemon juice.
Add sugar and fold into apples.
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
Add the apples and cook until the sugar dissolves and the juice begins to simmer.
Cover and reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the apples soften slightly and releases their juices (approximately 5 minutes).
Remove skillet from heat and strain apples in a colander, catching the juice in a bowl. Return the juice to the skillet and simmer over medium heat until it bubbles and begins to turn amber and thicken (about 10 minutes).
In a large bowl, mix the apples with the juice from the apples and add the apple spice and nutmeg. Let cool completely.
You can keep in the freezer for up to 6 month.
Filling doesn't not need to be completely thawed before baking.
Can this be made sugar free? Yes! Use granulated sugar free alternative of your choice like monk fruit.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Slice Pie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 0g
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This post was originally a sponsored FoodSaver giveaway in 2014. It has been updated with new photos and helpful tips.
Bite Size Apple Pies
To make these bite size pies all you do is cut 2 1/2 inch circles with a biscuit cutter, place each crust in a mini tart or muffin pan, add the filling (cut the apples in small pieces), and then bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Each full size pie crust made 12 tart size apple pies! Don’t forget the whipped cream!!