The delicious and easy Thanksgiving desserts that celebrity chefs swear by

After Thursday’s delicious Thanksgiving dinner, it’s time for dessert – but what’s the best way to impress and delight your guests?

news week spoke to two celebrity chefs to get their perspective on answering this question. Everyone shared their top tips on how to make this Thanksgiving extra sweet for your friends and family this year with minimal stress.

Cook Bae (Brooke Baevsky)

Baevsky tells news week that her favorite Thanksgiving food is actually “a good cornbread,” but when it comes to making an amazing and easy-to-make Thanksgiving dessert, she would recommend her “no-bake pumpkin mousse.”

Fitwaffle and Chef Bae
Social media foodies Fitwaffle (Eloise Head, left) and Chef Bae (Brooke Baevsky, right) shared their Thanksgiving dessert tips with Newsweek. Fitwaffle told Newsweek how to make their “fat NYC Christmas cookies.”
TikTok @Fitwaffle /

“Opt for no-bake since your oven is already full by Thanksgiving,” Chef Bae said. “My no-bake pumpkin mousse is ready in 10 minutes! It’s plant-based so everyone can enjoy it at the table and doesn’t take up oven space.”

Ingredients No-Bake Pumpkin Mousse:

  • 2 cups coconut milk (2 14-ounce cans)
  • • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • • 8 tablespoons granulated coconut sugar
  • • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • (Coconut whipped cream and candied pecans for serving)


  1. Chill your cans of coconut milk at least 6 hours before making this recipe (overnight is ideal) and scoop the solid coconut milk out of each can.
  2. Add cream of tartar to coconut milk. Start beating on the highest speed on your hand mixer (or stand mixer with a whisk attachment).
  3. Slowly add granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. Scrape out bowl and add remaining ingredients including vanilla extract, pumpkin puree and spices.
  5. Refrigerate an hour before serving and garnish with coconut whipped cream and candied pecans.

“Make more because you want leftovers,” Bae said. “You can even add it to oatmeal for a pumpkin-lover’s breakfast.”

Brooke Bevsky and dessert
Brooke Baevsky, a former Chopped contestant, also has a recipe for gluten-free and vegan pumpkin coffee cake (inset) available on her website. She shared an easy no-bake pumpkin mousse as a quick and delicious Thanksgiving dessert.

Chef Bae also has other delicious pumpkin-based dessert recipes on her website.

fit waffle (Eloise head)

British social media baker Fitwaffle (real name Eloise Head) may be young, but she’s smart when it comes to putting together sweet treats. your new book Just bake is a Sunday times Best seller in the UK, bringing together all of her delicious three ingredient recipes in one place.

She regularly shares delicious dessert recipes with her 4.7 million TikTok followers and 3.2 million Instagram users on her two channels @fitwaffle and @fitwafflekitchen. Although based in the UK, Head has the perfect American-themed dessert to match a Thanksgiving treat: Thick NYC Christmas Cookies.

“They’re soft in the center and crunchy on the outside,” Head said news week.

Ingredients for Thick NYC Christmas Cookies:

  • 115g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 160 g light brown sugar
  • 40 grams of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 315 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 150 g white chocolate chips/chunks. Additional white chocolate optional for melting
  • 100 g red and green M&Ms
  • 3 tablespoons of festive sprinkles


  1. Mix butter and both sugars in a bowl with a spoon to form a paste. Crack the egg and pour in the vanilla, then mix again until combined. Then add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and knead with your hands to form a dough. Finally, add your assortment of chocolates and candies and mix these into the batter as well, using your hands.
  2. Take 90g of the dough, roll it into a ball and place on a baking sheet to bake. Repeat this step as many times as possible to create multiple cookies
  3. Place the sheet pan with the dough balls in the oven and bake at 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit) or 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit) in a convection oven for 10-12 minutes.
  4. For some extra sweetness, once cool, drizzle with melted white chocolate before adding more sprinkles.
Fitwaffle social media chef
Fitwaffle, pictured above, shares how to make a range of sweet treats including Thick NYC Christmas Cookies and her 5-Ingredient Oreo Cheesecake on her social media channels. She is the author of the book Baking It Easy.

“And that’s it,” Head said. “They are so delicious and perfect for the holidays. Have fun.”

Fitwaffle’s social media channels are full of tons of holiday-themed alternative desserts to bake. The delicious and easy Thanksgiving desserts that celebrity chefs swear by

Rick Schindler

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