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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