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.
The participating venues are:
Aioli Gourmet Burgers
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.
Beaver Street Brewery
Cookie: Samoas and Trefoils
Dessert: Coconut and Caramel Tiramisu
Description: Whipped mascarpone layered with bits of Girl Scout Samoas and Trefoils.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar
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.
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.
Geordie’s at Wrigley Mansion
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.
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.
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.
Lumberyard Brewing Company
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.
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.
OAK on Camelback
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.
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.
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
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.
Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants
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.
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.
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.
The County Seat
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.
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.
The Italian Daughter
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.
The Mick Brasserie
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.
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ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho (featured photo)
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.