Twenty-one chefs from across the Valley and Flagstaff have teamed up with the local Girl Scouts to dream up desserts using Girl Scout cookies. The chefs’ restaurant will feature their custom dessert on their menus from February 1 to February 28 with a portion of proceeds from sales benefiting local Girl Scouting.
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 are available through March 5. 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.
347 Grill at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle
Dessert: First-time challenge participant Frank Abeyta’s Samoa creation – a rich, creamy Samoa brownie parfait.
Details: 16000 N. Maricopa Road, Maricopa; 520.233.2426; ultrastarakchin.com
Char Kitchen + Bar
Dessert: Char Kitchen + Bar co-founders Peter and Pal Micakaj’s first challenge creation, a chocolate mousse with Thin Mint cookie crumble.
Details: 6107 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.664.9238; charkitchen.com
Chompie’s – All Valleywide Locations
Dessert: The Mint Cheesecake, developed by Chompie’s own Neal “The Chomper” Borenstein, featuring a Thin Mint cookie crust, crumbled Thin Mints swirled into the cake itself and topped with a cookie wedge.
Details: 9301 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale; 480.860.0475; chompies.com
4550 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix
9301 East Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale
1160 E. University Drive, Tempe
7700 W. Arrowhead Town Center, Glendale
3481 W. Frye Road, Chandler
Dessert: Churn’s housemade Savannah Smiles ice cream by Jada Shiya—a 2016 challenge winner for most desserts sold—also includes decadent flavors of raspberry swirl.
Cost: $3.50/per regular scoop
Info: 5223 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix; 602.279.8024; churnaz.com
Compass Arizona Grill at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Dessert: Chef David Duarte’s Girl Scout dessert creation, the Tagalong Crunch Bar with peanut butter ganache, milk chocolate praline Tagalong crust, and dulce de leche.
Details: 122 N. Second Street, Phoenix; 480.440.3166; compassarizona.com
Coup des Tartes
Dessert: Chef Ron Pacioni’s Thin Mint-infused chocolate tarte with chocolate pudding in a Thin Mint tarte shell.
Details: 1725 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602.212.1082; nicetartes.com
Drexyl Modern American
Dessert: Drexyl Modern American’s Scott Paget’s sweet creation, a Tagalong cookie dark chocolate sphere with decadent with peanut butter filling.
Details: 8877 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.840.1861; drexylusa.com
Flower Child – All Locations
Dessert: Flower Child’s gluten-free dessert offering features the gluten-free Toffee-tastic Girl Scout cookies in a rich, chocolate pudding.
Details: 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 480.212.0180; iamaflowerchild.com
10460 N, 90th Street, Scottsdale; 480.240.4400
5013 N. 44th Street, Phoenix; 602.429.6222
Fresko Mediterranean Kitchen
Dessert: Fresko’s Savannah Smiles-infused Melopita, a honey Greek cake developed by Janna Harris.
Details: 5033 E. Elliot Road, Phoenix (Ahwatukee); 480.940.3669; freskokitchen.com
Jalapeño Inferno – All Locations
Dessert: Dessert Challenge veteran Terry Craig is featuring his Trefoil-infused banana cream pie.
20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.8332; jalapenoinferno.com
23587 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.585.6442
Lumberyard Brewing Company (Flagstaff)
Dessert: Lumberyard has participated in the Challenge since its inception, this time with a strawberry shortcake parfait using Trefoils.
Details: 5 S. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff; 928.779.2739; lumberyardbrewingcompany.com
Olive + Ivy
Dessert: Reigning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Champion for most desserts sold Kelli Sappington dreamt up Trefoil-infused Cherry Cheesecake Gelato.
Cost: $3.25 per scoop
Details: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.751.2200; foxrc.com
Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North
Dessert: Triple Decker Do-si-do Delight layers a Do-si-do graham cracker cake, rich chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallows, caramel sauce, and a salted Do-si-do cookie crumble.
Details: 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale; 480.513.5085; proofcanteen.com
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
Dessert: Rusconi’s American Kitchen’s second year taking on Samoas, this time with Dave Rico dreaming up a Chocolate Chunk Samoa Pecan Pie.
Details: 10637 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix; 480.483.0009; rusconiskitchen.com
Silver Pine Restaurant at the Little America Hotel (Flagstaff)
Dessert: Samoa Tiramisu, made by chef Vanessa—a former Girl Scout.
Details: Inside the Little America Hotel at 2515 E. Butler Avenue in Flagstaff; 928.779.7900; littleamerica.com
Sorso Wine Room
Dessert: First-time dessert challenge participant Sorso Wine Room dreamt up #Minthappens, a chocolate mint cheesecake mousse with a Thin Mint cookie crust, scoop of chocolate gelato and whipped cream.
Details: 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.951.4344; sorsowineroom.com
The Crepe Club
Dessert: The Crepe Club’s peanut butter and chocolate-based Crepe, with Tagalong cookie filling and cookie crumbles—called the Tag-a-Crepe-Along.
Details: 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.956.0087; thecrepeclub.com
Dessert: Pastry chef Lucia Alferez’s Samoa Doughnut, a brioche doughnut with toasted coconut cream filling, caramel ganache and milk chocolate.
Cost: $3 per doughnut
Details: 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.429.8020; foxrc.com
The MARKET by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar
Dessert: Chef/owner Jennifer Russo’s Twixted Trefoil Bar featuring chocolate mousse, handmade trefoil shortbread and salted caramel.
Details: 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602.626.5050; themarketphx.com
Dessert: Chef Susan Kolman’s Minty OH!—a play on Ho-Hos featuring a devil’s food cake roll.
Details: 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.8186; thethumb.com
Dessert: Chef Christopher Collins’ homage to the Girl Scout’s famous Taglong—his own shortbread cookie with creamy peanut butter and Sweet Provisions Tagalong ice cream covered with chocolate ganache. He calls it the T.A.G. (Tagalongs Are Great) Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich.
Details: 8220 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.699.0811; twistedgrove.com