October 22, 2022

The 8 yummiest fall sweet treats in Alabama

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Baked goods taste better when there’s a slight chill in the air; it’s practically a scientific fact. When the leaves begin to turn, and the days get shorter, spooky season descends. And with it, pumpkin spice season begins. While there’s no denying the absolute magic of a warm pumpkin spice latte or fresh-baked piece of pumpkin bread, pumpkin treats are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our favorite fall-flavored fancies. From decadent apple donuts to ooey gooey pecan rolls, these are our favorite treats to indulge in throughout October and November.


Specialty Cinnamon Rolls from Rolls (Various)

This small-batch cinnamon roll company can be found at retailers across the state, as well as in Tennessee and Mississippi. They also can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. While their “OG” variety has quite the fan club year-round, when fall rolls around, you can find festive flavors like pumpkin spice and caramel apple. The latter is filled with fresh apples that are cooked down in a cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg sauce and topped with caramel cream cheese icing.

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Sweet Potato Pie from Jawanda’s Sweet Potato Pies (Birmingham area)

Nothing says fall in the South like a slice of sweet potato pie. It’s usually the star of the Thanksgiving dessert table and makes use of the spud star of the season. At JaWanda’s Sweet Potato Pies in Birmingham you can pick up a full-size or mini version of the famous pie, as well as one topped with a pecan topping and one swirled with chocolate filling.

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Maple Walnut Mini Donut from Bigfoot’s Little Donuts (Huntsville and Madison)

The donuts at this local shop may be small, but they pack big flavor and come in a myriad of flavors and toppings. From monkey bread to cookies and cream, Nutella to blueberry cream, there’s something for everyone. In fall, we recommend the Maple Walnut Blondie with vanilla cream cheese icing, walnuts, and maple glaze or the Pumpkin Pie with vanilla cream cheese topping, crushed graham crackers, and pumpkin puree.

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Beignets with Pumpkin Spice Syrup from Mo’ Bay Beignet Co. (Various)

With two locations in its hometown of Mobile, plus others in Auburn, Orange Beach, Tuscaloosa, and one to come in Saraland, there are plenty of places to get your fill of this simple but addicting Cajun treat. The hand-cut fried dessert is always topped with a heavy dusting of powdered sugar, but in fall, Mo’ Bay also serves them up drizzled with a homemade pumpkin spice syrup that has all the classic fall spices like nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon plus real pumpkin.

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Goat Cheese Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream from Big Spoon Creamery (Birmingham)

This artisan ice cream shop is known for its creative flavors and the fall is an especially great time to visit. The Goat Cheese Caramel Apple Pie has the perfect blend of savory and sweet notes from a tangy LaClare goat cheese ice cream base swirled with sweet caramel apple pie filling and pieces of classic flaky crust. If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, try the Oatmeal Scream Pie Sammie that’s made with buttercream ice cream sandwiches between two homemade chewy oatmeal cookies.

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Oktoberfest Festbier from Yellowhammer Brewery (Huntsville)

There are two main holidays that fall during October, Halloween and Oktoberfest. This Huntsville brewery celebrates the latter with a limited time seasonal beer named for the German holiday. Brewed with German Vienna and Munich malts, the lager is crisp but hearty—much like the perfect fall day.

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Cookies from Ligers Bakery (Montgomery)

Liger’s Bakery in Montgomery is the place to go if you’re looking for some festive treats to complete your holiday spread. This longtime sweet shop is known for its colorful iced cookies, and its Halloween offerings are especially spirited. From bright orange pumpkins to spooky ghosts, bats, and even haunted houses in green, purple, orange, and black, you can pick up an assortment and impress your guests.

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Pear Almond Tarte from Continental Bakery (Birmingham)

This European-style bakery is famous for its buttery croissants, fresh-baked sourdough, and giant display case with nearly every other type of treat you can dream up. But if you’re looking something to wow for a fall holiday gathering, the Pear Almond Tarte is ideal. The French classic starts with a shortbread butter curst that’s painted with apricot glaze. It gets topped with handmade almond cream and thin slices of fresh pear.

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