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

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Dessert Challenge(PHOENIX - January 24, 2018) - Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. For the fifth 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, S’mores and Savannah Smiles – into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on their menu from February 1 to February 28, 2018, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in Arizona.

“While I was clearly never an actual Girl Scout, we jumped headfirst into the Dessert Challenge in year one to support girls and women in this community,” says Michael Rusconi, whose team at Rusconi’s American Kitchen in Paradise Valley area created a Samoa dessert for the first four years, and this year took on Tagalongs. “All these years later, especially now with their ‘G.I.R.L.’ mission, which is focused on fostering Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders, we are doubling down on our support."

Rusconi’s American Kitchen, along with Olive + Ivy, The Thumb, and Lumberyard Brewery in Flagstaff, will be inducted into the Girl Scout’s “Five Timers Club” this year, commemorating their participation in the challenge each year since its inception in 2014.

There are also several multi-year veterans and new contenders joining in the fun for 2018 – 24 venues in total.

"I wanted to join the Challenge this year for two main reasons,” says Diego Espinoza of Fuego Grill in Tolleson. “First, I wanted to take part – and even named my dessert Jessie’s Delight – as a tribute to my mother. She is a strong female leader for our family and community, which connects with the Girl Scout mission. With her leadership and mentorship, I have become a successful business owner and AZ State Representative LD19. And second, I applaud the Girl Scouts’ outreach efforts in Hispanic communities and want to do my part to be a part of the Movement.”

All the chefs hope not only to raise critical funds to support local Girl Scouting, but also to inspire home cooks across Arizona to buy an extra box or two this Girl Scout Cookie season to create their own desserts, too. Girl Scout Cookies will be available from Jan. 22 to March 4 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 using the Cookie Finder app at

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

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.

Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is Arizona’s leading organization preparing girls with the skills and experiences they need to empower themselves for life. Given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. We know that girls built of courage, confidence and character make the world a better place. GSACPC serves 22,000 girls, grades K-12, across central and northern Arizona, in partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers. For more information, visit our website, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram or Twitter.

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