The Return of the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge: Feb. 1 to Feb. 28

The Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge is back for its eighth year! After taking a break in February 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine is pleased to present the return of the challenge taking place Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. 

Twenty esteemed chefs from venues throughout central and northern Arizona will participate in this year’s friendly competition to create a winning dessert with one of these Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils or Lemon-Ups. 

“The participating chefs will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine these classic Girl Scout Cookies into a delicious dessert and feature it on their menus throughout the entire month of February. A portion of the proceeds will support Girl Scouting in Arizona,” says Mary Mitchell, interim co-CEO for Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine (GSACPC).

Those who taste the desserts may also vote on their favorites starting on Feb. 1 at www.girlscoutsaz.org/dessertchallenge and the venue with the most votes at the end of the month will earn this years Dessert Challenge Champion crown.

Peanut Butter and Jelly from Geordie’s

The participating venues are:

Aioli Gourmet Burgers

Cookie: Do-si-dos

Dessert: PB&J Napoleon

Description: Buttery phyllo dough layered with strawberry compote, Girl Scout Do-si-dos crumble and a cream made from peanut butter fluff and cream cheese, topped with strawberry coulis and fresh whipped cream.

Website: www.aioliburger.com

Beaver Street Brewery

Cookie: Samoas and Trefoils

Dessert: Coconut and Caramel Tiramisu

Description: Whipped mascarpone layered with bits of Girl Scout Samoas and Trefoils. 

Website: beaverstreetbrewery.com 

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar

Cookie: Di-Si-Dos

Dessert: Trifle featuring Girl Scout Do-si-dos

Description: Mouthwatering layers of Grand Mariner, chocolate pudding, peanut butter mousse and a Do-si-dos crumble crust.

Website: www.bluehoundkitchen.com


Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: I Want Suh-Moh-Ah featuring Girl Scout Samoas

Description: This Girl Scout dessert is served one of two ways: as a scoop of specialty ice cream that combines Girl Scout Samoas, chocolate sauce and salted caramel, or as a sundae, which pairs two scoops of the ice cream with Samoas crumbles, brownie crumbles, whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes. 

Website: www.churnaz.com

Geordie’s at Wrigley Mansion

Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Peanut Butter and Jelly

Description: This peanut butter mousse with a strawberry gelée center is surrounded by a Girl Scout Trefoil crumble, peanut caramel and fresh blueberries and strawberries. It also has a cocoa glaze and is garnished with a chocolate tuile.

Website: www.wrigleymansion.com

Grand Canyon Brewing + Distillery

Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Minty Chocolate Mousse Trifle

Description: Forget Rachel’s disastrous trifle from Friends! This beauty is sweet and smooth thanks to layers of mint-infused chocolate mousse and white chocolate mousse, made even richer with Girl Scout Thin Mint powder. It is topped with Thin Mint crumbles and whipped cream and garnished with berries as well as a bonus Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie.

Website: www.grandcanyonbrewery.com


Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Coconut-Lime Shortbread Tart

Description: Creamy and dreamy with a little zest, this dessert starts with a coconut and Girl Scout Trefoils crust. Piled atop it is luscious lime filling and then homemade whipped cream.

Website: www.lovecraftphx.com

Lumberyard Brewing Company

Cookie: Trefoils

Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake Jar

Description: This vanilla pudding is amped up by the addition of Girl Scout Trefoils and fresh strawberries, which are all layered in a mason jar and topped with whipped cream.

Website: lumberyardbrewingcompany.com 

Nook Kitchen

Cookie: Do-Si-Dos

Dessert: Don’t Mind If I Do

Description: Peanut butter panna cotta with Girl Scout Do-si-dos and oatmeal cookie crumbles. It is paired by banana cream and banana fries.

Website: www.nookkitchen.com

OAK on Camelback

Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Peanut Butter Cheesecake Duo

Description: This peanut butter cheesecake has its own mini second helping tagging along! Rich and velvety, the peanut butter cheesecake uses Girl Scout Tagalongs in the recipe and is then topped with chocolate ganache and a cookie crumble topping. 

Website: www.oakoncamelback.com

Proof Canteen at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North

Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Peppermint Brownie Dream

Description: This indulgent dessert starts with a fudgy double chocolate brownie. It is then layered with Girl Scout Thin Mints, peppermint cremeux (which is a smoother take on mousse) and brûléed marshmallows.

Website: www.proofcanteen.com

Rusconi’s American Kitchen

Cookie: Samoas

Dessert: Caramel Budino featuring Girl Scout Samoas

Description: A coconut and dark chocolate budino with a Samoa crust and caramel sauce, topped with crumbled Samoas and toasted coconut flakes.

Website: www.rusconiskitchen.com

Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants

Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Phat Elvis Featuring Girl Scout Tagalongs

Description: This decadent dessert pays homage to Elvis’ affinity for peanut butter and bananas. It features a graham cracker crust, peanut butter cheesecake, whipped cream and crumbled Girl Scout Tagalongs mixed with bananas. It is topped with chocolate ganache, brown-sugar bacon and a bonus Tagalong cookie.

Website: www.serranosaz.com

Shift Kitchen & Bar

Cookie: Thin Mints

Dessert: Mint Chocolate Churros

Description: Hand-made to order, these chocolate churros benefit from a powder made from Girl Scout Thin Mints. Once fried, they are plated with cream cheese whip, mint powder, chocolate sauce, chocolate crunch and a scoop of Earl Grey gelato.

Website: www.shiftflg.com

Coconut-Lime Shortbread Tart from Lovecraft


Cookie: Do-Si-Dos

Dessert: Peanut Butter and Bacon Crème Brûlée

Description: Enjoy Chef Adrian De Leon’s rich and creamy Peanut Butter and Bacon Crème Brûlée made delicious with Girl Scout Do-si-dos! A brittle layer of melted sugar sits on top of peanut butter custard to create a beautiful mixture of texture and unlikely flavors. Topped with whipped cream, bacon bits and Do-Si-Dos, this dessert combines sweet, savory and rich to bring you an out-of-the-box flavor combination that will surely satisfy.

Website: www.tarbells.com

The County Seat

Cookie: Lemon-Ups

Dessert: Level Up Lemon Bar

Description: Talk about an update on grandma’s lemon bar! This twist blends in Girl Scout Lemon-Ups to the classic and adds a meringue-style popper that has been brûléed to toasty perfection.

Website: www.countyseataz.com

The Craftsman

Cookie: Lemon-Ups

Dessert: Meyer Lemon Flan featuring Lemon-Ups

Description: This delicate chiffon cake is layered with Meyer lemon flan, Girl Scout Lemon-Ups and Meyer lemon caramel sauce. It is also garnished with bonus cookie crumbles.

Website: www.thecraftsmanaz.com

The Italian Daughter 

Cookie: Lemon-Ups

Dessert: Limoncello Cake

Description: In this delectable dessert creation, Girl Scout Lemon-Ups take center stage. This fluffy limoncello sponge cake is filled and frosted with a generous layer of mascarpone cream, covered entirely with Lemon-Ups crumbles, finished with a drizzle of lemon oil and served with whipped cream.

Website: www.theitaliandaughter.com

The Mick Brasserie

Cookie: Tagalongs

Dessert: Peanut Butter Dacquoise

Description: Milk and cookies, but make it fashion! This dessert bursts with flavor thanks to peanut chocolate praline crunch with Girl Scout Tagalongs, peanut butter mousse, chocolate ganache. The kicker? It is served with milk foam for the full effect.  

Address: 9719 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho (featured photo)

Cookie: Lemon-Ups

Dessert: Lady Lemon “Show Stopper” Shake

Description: This fruity treat features a blueberry milkshake base with a lemon curd drip. It is topped with Girl Scouts Lemon-Ups, a blueberry muffin, lemon ice cream bar, fresh blueberries, lemon chips, white chocolate milk crumb, a Lemon-Ups whipped cream sandwich and lemon candy.

Website: www.hotelvalleyho.com/zuzu

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