Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Cooks Up First-Ever “Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge”

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The Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is pleased to announce it is  partnering with more than a dozen Arizona restaurants for its first-ever “Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge.” Chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the six beloved brands of Girl Scout cookies – Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Trefoils or Thin Mints – into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant, whose chef selected their cookie flavor via a random drawing, has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu from February 1 to February 28, 2014, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the transformation of their Camp Sombrero.

The participating restaurants, and their creative desserts, are:

Name: 5th and Wine

Location: 7051 E. 5th Avenue in Scottsdale

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa Bread Pudding

Name: Beckett’s Table

Location: 3717 E. Indian School Road in Arcadia

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Tagalong Napoleon

Name: Blue Wasabi

Location: 2080 E. William Field Road in Gilbert

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Quite simply, the sweetest darned “sushi” roll you will ever have, this Girl Scout Cookie Roll features fruit roll-up, rice crispy treats, Trefoils and even a second Girl Scout Cookie just for fun.

Name: Café Bink

Location: 36889 N. Tom Darlington Drive in Carefree

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Trefoil Jamboree Ice Cream Push Pop

Name: CHoP

Location: 2625 E. Queen Creek Road in Chandler

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Cookie: Kick-Off Ice Cream Sandwich

Name: Hopdoddy

Location: 11055 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale

Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Tagalong Shake Rattle & Roll

Name: Lumberyard Brewery

Location: 5 S. San Francisco Street in Flagstaff

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa Turtle Cheesecake

Name: Olive + Ivy

Location: 7135 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale

Assigned Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Blueberry Cheesecake with Girl Scout Cookie Crust Gelato

Name: Salty Sow

Location: 4801 E. Cactus Road in Phoenix

Assigned Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Samoa Cookie Coconut Cream Pie in a Jar

Name: The Herb Box Southbridge

Location: 7134 E. Stetson Drive in Scottsdale

Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Choco Thin Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

Name: The Herb Box DC Ranch

Location: 20707 North Pima Road in Scottsdale

Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles

Dessert: Savannah Smiles Sunshine Icebox Pie 

Name: Tom’s Thumb

Location: 9393 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale

Assigned Cookie: Do-Si-Do

Dessert: Do-Si-Do Apple Pie

Name: TQLA

Location: 1840 S. Val Vista Drive in Mesa

Assigned Cookie: Tagalong

Dessert: Tagalong Tiramisu

“Our primary goal with the Challenge is to help members of our community think outside the box, quite literally, when it comes to our cookies in 2014,” said Susan de Queljoe, senior associate of marketing and communications for GSACPC. “We want to inspire the community with this new take on our classic cookies and hopefully they’ll buy an extra box or two from our girls to try their hand at a new recipe.”

In 2014, GSACPC has set of goal of selling 3.3 million boxes of cookies, with the proceeds used to support Girl Scouting in Arizona.

“We have a very aggressive goal this year and plan to use the proceeds of every package sold over 3 million to support the transformation of our local camp – Camp Sombrero – into a Leadership Center for Girls and Women,” said de Queljoe.

Camp Sombrero, perched at the base of South Mountain Preserve, is owned by the Council and has served girls over the last 40 years.  This 14.5 acre site will be transformed into the Leadership Center for Girls and Women.  This urban program center, with camp appeal, will provide leadership training for girls and women statewide, give girls their first camping experience close to home for some, and serve the surrounding community groups, partner organizations and schools.  The Leadership Center for Girls and Women will be a space where girls can explore and develop a fundamental belief in themselves and their abilities.  The leadership created in this space will, in turn, transform Arizona. 

Girl Scout Cookies will be on sale January 27 - March 9, 2014. Unlike past years, the Girl Scouts will not be taking orders but will have all cookies on hand for immediate customer purchase. GSACPC hopes that this ‘direct sale’ model will increase customer satisfaction and cookie sales.

For more information on the challenge, please visit www.girlscoutsaz.org/cookie-fun.

Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. GSACPC serves more than 24,000 girls ages 5-17 and more than 10,000 adult volunteers throughout central and northern Arizona. Through Girl Scouting, girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in an accepting and nurturing environment. Girl Scouts learn who they are and what they can accomplish through traditional troop activities, camps, product sales, and many other events and programs. To get involved, visit our website, like us on Facebook or send us a Tweet

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