Fifth-Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

Credit: Joanie Simon

Tagalong enthusiasts, listen up: Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is back for the fifth year. Restaurants from across the state has used beloved flavors of Girl Scout Cookies and incorporated them into a custom dessert menu item. (Check out Rusconi’s American Kitchen banana cream pie in a jar with Tagalong crust above.) Available through Feb. 28, a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in Arizona.



The participating restaurants, and their creative desserts, are:

Aioli Burger

Dessert Designer: Thomas D’Ambrosio

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Tagalong ~ You’re It ~ Premier Milk Shake

Cost: $6

Info: 10652 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85028


Brat Haus

Dessert Designer: Jeffrey Schoening

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Trefoil Meyer Lemon Tart

Cost: $8

Info: 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Fair Trade Café

Dessert Designer: Stephanie Vazquez

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Pura Vida Cheesecake

Cost: $4.25

Info: 1020 N. 1st Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85003


Fuego Grill

Dessert Designer: Diego Espinoza

Assigned Cookie: Do-si-dos

Dessert: Jessie’s Delight

Cost: $4.69

Info: 9118 W. Van Buren Street Tolleson, AZ 85353


Grape Wine Bistro

Dessert Designer: Kellie Pruitt

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Thin Mint Crazy Milkshake Food Coma Ride

Cost: $9

Info: 23335 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Lumberyard Brewing Company

Dessert Designer: Winnie Hanseth and Team

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Tagalong Mousse Jar

Cost: $5.39

Info: 5 S. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001


Market Street Kitchen

Dessert Designer: Matt Keeler

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Claire’s Badge

Cost: $7

Info: 20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255


Ocean Prime

Dessert Designer: Jagger Griffin

Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles

Dessert: Savannah Smiles Vanilla and Lemon Raspberry Tart

Cost: $12

Info: 5455 E. High Street, Phoenix, AZ 85054


Olive + Ivy

Dessert Designer: Summer Ormsby

Assigned Cookie: Tagalong

Dessert: Tagalong Gelato

Cost: $3.25 for one scoop; $4.25 for two scoops; $6.00 for three scoops

Info: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251



Dessert Designer: Lucy Nava

Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles

Dessert: Carlota

Cost: $6.95

Info: 519 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013


Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North

Dessert Designer: Lance Whipple

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Thin Mint Chocolate Brownie Pie with Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream

Cost: $10

Info: 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85262


Revolu Modern Taqueria + Bar

Dessert Designer: Jeremiah Gracia

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Tagalong Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Cost: $9

Info: 15703 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382


Rita’s Kitchen at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Dessert Designer: Jeffrey Pilditch

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa Trifle

Cost: $10

Info: 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253


Rusconi’s American Kitchen (pictured)

Dessert Designer: Dave Rico

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Banana Cream Pie in a Jar with Tagalong Crust

Cost: $8

Info: 10637 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85028


Silver Pine Restaurant at Little America Hotel Flagstaff

Dessert Designer: Vanessa Ronspies (a former Girl Scout)

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mint

Dessert: Silver Pine Malted Mint Ice Cream

Cost: $6

Info: 2515 E Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86004


Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

Dessert Designers: Sergio and Country Velador

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Pineapple Samoas Cheesecake

Cost: $4.99

Info: 7120 E 6th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251


The Covenant

Dessert Designer: Rich Putman

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Crème de Menthe

Cost: $7

Info: 4740 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028


The Haymaker Restaurant

Dessert Designer: Joe Lucidi

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Mommy’s Secret Samoa Shake

Cost: $9 with spirits or $7 without

Info: Available at both West Valley locations

24762 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy., Peoria, AZ 85383

1800 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85395


The Henry

Dessert Designer: Lucia Alferez

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Mint Crème

Cost: $3

Info: 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018


The Herb Box

Dessert Designer: Monique “Mo” Kauppi

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Vegan Thin Mint Ding Dong

Cost: $8 on restaurant menu; $6 in bakery

Info: Available at both Scottsdale locations

7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

20707 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255


The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s

Dessert Designer: Jennifer Russo

Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles

Dessert: The Zesty Lemon

Cost: $7

Info: 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018


The Thumb

Dessert Designer: Susan Kolman

Assigned Cookie: Smores

Dessert: Smores Fudge Pop

Cost: $4.25

Info: 9393 E. Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Tres Leches Café

Dessert Designer: Jose Rivera

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa Mas Latte

Cost: $4.50 for 12 ounces; $5.50 for 16 ounces; $6.50 for 34 ounces

Info: 1330 W. Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ 85007


To share your own dessert creations – or photos  of you and your family enjoying any of the chefs’ creations – simply tag your social media posts with @GSACPC and #dessertchallenge.

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