Crazy as it sounds, canned pie fillings aren't just for making pies. While it does make pie making easier (your pie skills will practically rival those of Keri Russel in the movie, Waitress), pie fillings are very versatile and can transform the flavor of a cake or pudding in a snap!
Today we decided to showcase 20 recipes that use canned pie fillings but are not pies. That's right, no crusts or pie tins here. So if you've ever looked at those extra cans around, here are 20 pie filling recipes that'll convince you to think outside the box and cut a few corners more often.
1. Best Pumpkin Pie Dip
You can count all the ingredients in this dip on one hand which makes this Best Pumpkin Pie Dip a snap to put together.
Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon and ginger, and let the mixture chill for about 8 hours. Serve this dip with gingersnap cookies or even apple slices.
2. No Bake Peach Icebox Cake
Layer up with this three-ingredient recipe. Any less ingredients and you'll be eating the peach pie filling straight out of the can with a spoon. As good as that sounds, we enjoy this No Bake Peach Icebox Cake complete with layers of graham crackers, whipped topping, and peach pie filling.
You can even substitute different flavors of fruit pie fillings. Want a No Bake Apple Icebox Cake? Use a classic apple canned filling with thick sliced apples.
3. Cheesecake Parfaits with Blueberry Pie Filling
Grab your spoons because these Cheesecake Parfaits with Blueberry Pie Filling are damn delicious! Cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla are beaten until smooth and creamy whipped cream is folded it.
The mixture is layered in a glass with blueberry pie filling to bring this dessert over-the-top. Talk about easy steps to perfection.
4. Skillet Apple Pie Biscuits
Put away that pie crust and take out your cast iron skillet. These Skillet Apple Pie Biscuits use pieces of biscuit dough and dip them in cinnamon sugar. A hearty helping of canned apple filling is layered on top and sprinkled with another layer of cinnamon sugar then dressed with a vanilla glaze.
If you crossed an apple crisp and an apple cobbler together with a cinnamon bun, this is what you would get and it is dang delicious.
5. Best Blueberry Crisp
Crispy and filled with canned blueberry filling, this Best Blueberry Crisp is truly the best! Unlike some fruit crisp recipes that call for a small amount of crunchy topping, this recipe bumps up the crisp, making sure each bite is filled with sweet blueberries and browned crisp topping.
This is best served with ice cream and is so much better than pulling a frozen pie out of the freezer.
6. Sour Cherry Fruit Kolache
All of us here at Wide Open Eats have an obsession with this Czech-Texas treat. Make your own Sour Cherry Fruit Kolache at home by mixing up a yeast dough, shaping it into the characteristic round, and stuffing in with a canned sour cherry filling.
You could even switch it up and use pumpkin purée for a real fall treat, or even pitted cherries from home-canned pie fillings.
7. Pumpkin Pie Pull-Apart Bread
Prepare to get your hands a little messy making this Pumpkin Pie Pull-Apart Bread. Start off by mixing together sugar, canned pumpkin pie filling, butter, and a bit of pumpkin spice. Spoon the mixture on refrigerated biscuits and place the biscuits in a loaf tin, making a pattern. Cook the biscuits and top with a vanilla glaze.
8. Apple Pie Dumplings
Move over apple pie, these Apple Pie Dumplings are coming to Thanksgiving. Made with only three ingredients (crescent rolls, canned apple filling and cinnamon) this dessert is a great dish to bring to your Thanksgiving feast when you would rather watch the parade then spend the day in the kitchen.
Have you ever tried blackberry pie filling before? This would be an excellent recipe to substitute in the fresh, tart flavors.
9. Black Forest Brownie Bars
Give a round of applause to these Black Forest Brownie Bars. Ooey, gooey and dripping with cherry flavor, these bars rival the cake.
However these bars are 10x times easier to make! All you need is a brownie mix, eggs, cherry pie filling, vegetable oil, and chocolate chips. What's easier than that?
10. Strawberry Pie Cupcakes
Strawberry pie filling isn't just for pie. Nope, you can use it in all different kinds of recipes-even Strawberry Pie Cupcakes.
Doctor up a vanilla cake mix by filling the cupcake with your trusty strawberry pie filling then use the filling to make a creamy strawberry buttercream.
11. Pumpkin Pie Cake
Pick up a pumpkin pie filling instead of canned pumpkin? Believe me, it happens to me all the time. Turn the mistake into a success by making this Pumpkin Pie Cake. Mix together pumpkin pie filling, eggs, butter and spice cake mix then bake. Top the cake with a vanilla frosting of your choice.
12. Slow Cooker Cherry Cobbler
Slow cooker desserts are some of my favorites because they are so simple to make. This Slow Cooker Cherry Cobbler comes together with just four ingredients and takes about 3 hours to make. The wafting scent of warm cherries is reason enough to make this dessert.
13. Peach Pie Cake
This one-bowl Peach Pie Cake is perfect for when the weather gets a bit warmer (or like us who live in the South, you have no reason not to cook this year round). Peach pie filling is lightly folded into a one-bowl vanilla cake and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze.
14. Apple Lasagna
It looks like your Mom's lasagna, but that's where the similarities end. This Apple Lasagna is reminiscent of a noodle pudding with both ricotta and cheddar cheese, apple pie filling and lasagna noodles.
A little savory and sweet, your tastebuds will love this dessert.
15. Delicious Cherry Coffee Cake With Crumb Topping
Looking for a recipe to enjoy with your weekend coffee? Look no further than this Delicious Cherry Coffee Cake With Crumb Topping.
Tender coffee cake is topped with cherry pie filling then topped with a crumbly crumb topping. All you need is a cup of coffee to go with it.
16. Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Delight
If I had to choose one dessert to eat for the rest of my life it would have to be cheesecake. And this Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Delight falls right in that category! A flavorful cheesecake is topped with raspberry pie filling, making this dessert a snap to whip up.
17. Super Easy Cherry Turnovers
With a name like, Super Easy Cherry Turnovers, these cherry-filled treats are fast (and super easy) to make.
Thaw out a sheet of puff pastry and fill them with cherry pie filling. Once folded over in to triangles and popped in the oven, all you have to do is prepare the icing.
18. Blueberry Pie Muffin Bread with a Lemon Glaze
No yeast is needed in this Blueberry Pie Muffin Bread with a Lemon Glaze. Since this is a quick-bread, you can have this bread baking in no-time. When folding in the blueberry pie filling, make sure to do it in a few folds, otherwise your bread will be purple. Not that that's a bad thing either.
19. Cherry Kuchen Bars
Look what's kuchen! Wow, okay that pun was bad. But you know what's good? These Cherry Kuchen Bars. These cherry pie bars have an amazing almond flavor from their butter cookie bottom, filled with a cherry fruit filling, and are topped with a creamy vanilla almond glaze.
20. Apple Pie Fries
Turn your fruit pie into portable fries with this Apple Pie Fries recipe. First, take apple pie filling and process it in the food processor until nice and smooth then spread the filling on a piece of rolled pie dough.
Top with another piece of pie dough then using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into "fries". Brush with an egg wash, sprinkle with sugar and bake until golden brown.