I Tried Aldi’s New Bakery Items and I Couldn’t Pick a Favorite

published Oct 7, 2023
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Wilmington, DE/USA - April 6, 2019: Aldi grocery store.
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Christmas has a reputation for being the be-all and end-all cookie holiday, but I am here to report that that is simply not true. Not as far as Aldi is concerned, at least. In the eyes of Aldi, Halloween and Thanksgiving reign supreme. Aldi can barely keep its fall cookies on store shelves, which means I absolutely had to try the ones I could get my hands on to see what all of the fuss was about. Spoiler alert: I get it now.

Aldi’s New Fall Bakery Items

I went to Aldi first thing in the morning in the hopes of scooping the very best of its new baked goods, and though I was clearly not the only one on this particular mission, I did manage to score a handful of the store’s latest and greatest treats. I stuffed my basket with Bake Shop Apple Cider Donuts, Bake Shop Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, Lofthouse Harvest Frosted Sugar Cookies, Benton’s Caramel Apple Crèmes, and Bake Shop Pumpkin Sliced Loaf Cake. I left the store excited for the sugar rush ahead!

As I made my way through all of the seasonal sweets, I was certainly not disappointed. I’m used to getting apple cider donuts at my local farmers market this time of year, so my expectations were low, but the Bake Shop Apple Cider Donuts were delicious. Not too sweet and not too cakey, they were honestly the closest you can get to fresh-from-the-farmers-market doughnuts without actually going to one. If you don’t necessarily have the biggest sweet tooth but still want in on the autumnal delights, the Bake Shop Apple Cider Donuts are a safe bet.

The Lofthouse Harvest Frosted Sugar Cookies are regarded as one of the best kinds of cookies ever baked. There was nothing particularly festive about them except for their orange icing and fall-themed sprinkles. I am personally not a huge fan of frosting, but the shortbread was perfectly fluffy and delicious. Frosting fans will rejoice while biting into this pillowy, sweet iced cookie.

I’d never even heard of Caramel Apple Crème Cookies before my trip to Aldi, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s conceptually like an Oreo cookie, except with a vanilla cookie exterior and a caramel apple-flavored filling. Though they are a little too sweet for me, they are really tasty and the flavor is totally on point. 

Oatmeal raisin cookies are a personal favorite, so I was excited to try the Bake Shop Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, and let me tell you, they are fantastic. Perfectly soft and chewy, sweet, but not too sweet — you could easily convince someone that you baked these yourself instead of buying them from Aldi. If I were hosting a fall holiday party I would definitely pick these up for dessert.

Last but certainly not least is the Bake Shop Pumpkin Sliced Loaf Cake, which surprised me in all the right ways. It was moist and flavorful, not to mention just the right amount of sweet. It comes pre-sliced, which is really convenient, and I could honestly eat half of it in one sitting if left to my own devices. This is another treat that makes a perfect dessert for a holiday get-together. 

If you have an Aldi nearby, be sure to check out these fall desserts before they’re gone for the season. Trust me, it’s worth the trip.