Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is BACK this February at Restaurants Across the Valley and Flagstaff

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(PHOENIX - Jan. 11, 2017) - Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. For the fourth year in a row, chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies – Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Toffee-tastics and Savannah Smiles – into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu from February 1 to February 28, 2017, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in our community.

They also hope to inspire home cooks across Arizona to buy an extra box or two this Girl Scout cookie season to create their own desserts. Girl Scout Cookies will be available from Jan. 23 to March 5 this year. As in recent years, the Girl Scouts will have all cookies on hand for immediate customer purchase. Locations of cookie booths can be found by downloading the app Cookie Finder or by visiting girlscoutcookies.org.

The participating restaurants, and their creative desserts, are:

347 Grill at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle

Dessert Designer: Frank Abeyta

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: UltraStar Samoa Brownie Parfait

Cost: $3.95

Details: 16000 N. Maricopa Road, Maricopa; 520-233-2426; www.ultrastarakchin.com

 

Char Kitchen + Bar

Dessert Designer: Peter and Pal Micakaj

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse with Thin Mint Crumble

Cost: $8

Details: 6107 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-664-9238; www.charkitchen.com 

 

Chompie’s – All Valleywide Locations

Dessert Designer: Neal “The Chomper” Borenstein

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: The Mint Cheesecake

Cost: $5.99

Details: 9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480-860-0475; www.chompies.com

4550 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix

9301 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale

1160 E. University, Tempe

7700 W. Arrowhead Town Center, Glendale

3481 W. Frye Road, Chandler

 

Churn

Dessert Designer: Jada Shiya

Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles

Dessert: Savannah Smile ice cream

Cost: $3.50/per regular scoop

$3.00/kid’s scoop

$4.50/double scoop

$5.50/triple scoop

$7.50/pint

$14.00/quart

Info: 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.8024; www.churnaz.com 

 

Compass Arizona Grill at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix

Dessert Designer: David Duarte

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Tagalong Crunch Bar

Cost: $8

Details:  122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix; 480-440-3166; www.compassarizona.com

 

Coup des Tartes

Dessert Designer: Ron Pacioni

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Decadent Thin Mint Chocolate Tarte

Cost: $9

Details: 1725 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602-212-1082; www.nicetartes.com

 

Drexyl Modern American

Dessert Designer: Scott Paget

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Cost: $11

Dessert: Tagalong Cookie Dark Chocolate Sphere

Details: 8877 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-840-1861; www.drexlyusa.com

 

Flower Child – All Locations

Dessert Designer: Peder Bondhus

Assigned Cookie: Toffee-tastic

Dessert: Toffee-tastic Chocolate Pudding

Cost: $5

Details: 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 480-212-0180; www.iamaflowerchild.com

10460 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale; 480-240-4400

5013 N. 44th Street, Phoenix; 602-429-6222

 

Fresko Mediterranean Kitchen

Dessert Designer: Janna Harris

Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles

Dessert: Melopita (Greek Honey Cake)

Cost: $4.50

Details: 5033 E. Elliot Road, Phoenix (Ahwatukee); 480-940-3669; www.freskokitchen.com

 

Jalapeño Inferno – All Locations

Dessert Designer: Terry Craig

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Girl Scout Banana Cream Pie

Cost: $5

20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.8332; www.jalapenoinferno.com

23587 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.585.6442

 

Lumberyard Brewing Company (Flagstaff)

Dessert Designer: Richard Kimball

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake Parfait

Cost: $4.95

Details: 5 S. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff; 928-779-2739; www.lumberyardbrewingcompany.com

 

Olive + Ivy

Dessert Designer: Kelli Sappington

Assigned Cookie: Trefoil

Dessert: Trefoil Cherry Cheesecake Gelato

Cost: $3.25 per scoop

Details: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480-751-2200; www.foxrc.com

 

Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North

Dessert Designer: Calena Srutowski

Assigned Cookie: Do-si-dos

Dessert: Triple Decker Do-si-do Delight

Cost: $10

Details: 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale; 480-513-5085; www.proofcanteen.com

 

Rhythm & Wine

Dessert Designer: Terry Craig

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Girl Scout Banana Cream Pie

Cost: $5

Details: Details: 7605 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480-478-6999; www.rhythmandwine.com

 

Rusconi’s American Kitchen

Dessert Designer: Dave Rico

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Chocolate Chunk Samoa Pecan Pie

Cost: $8

Details: 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480-483-0009; www.rusconiskitchen.com

 

Silver Pine Restaurant at the Little America Hotel (Flagstaff)

Dessert Designer: Vanessa Ronspies

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa Tiramisu

Cost: $8

Details: Inside the Little America Hotel at 2515 E. Butler Avenue in Flagstaff; 928-779-7900; www.littleamerica.com

 

Sorso Wine Room

Dessert Designer: Paige Murphy

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: #MintHappens Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Mousse

Cost: $7

Details: 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-951-4344; www.sorsowineroom.com

 

The Crepe Club

Dessert Designer: Omar Tarabichi

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Tag-a-Crepe-Along

Cost: $7.95

Details: 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602-956-0087; www.thecrepeclub.com

 

The Henry

Dessert Designer: Lucia Alferez

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa Doughnut with Toasted Coconut Cream Filling

Cost: $3 per doughnut

Details: 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602-429-8020; www.foxrc.com

 

The MARKET by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar

Dessert Designer: Jennifer Russo

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Twixted Trefoil Bar

Cost: $10

Details: 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602-626-5050; www.themarketphx.com

 

The Thumb

Dessert Designer: Susan Kolman

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Minty Oh!

Cost: $4.25

Details: 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480-513-8186; www.thethumb.com

 

Twisted Grove

Dessert Designer: Christopher Collins

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: T.A.G. (Tagalongs Are Great) Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Cost: $5

Details: 8220 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale; 480-699-0811; www.twistedgrove.com

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

 

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