Chefs get creative in Girl Scout Dessert Challenge
February 2, 2018
By Alison Bailin Batz
Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has announced 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 are using their culinary prowess to reimagine 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 is featuring its dessert on its menu from February 1 to February 28, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in the community.
“While I was clearly never an actual Girl Scout, we jumped into the Dessert Challenge in year one headfirst to support the girls and women in this community,” said Michael Rusconi, whose team at Rusconi’s American Kitchen 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.s’ mission, which is focused on fostering Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders, we are doubling down with our support.”
Rusconi’s American Kitchen, along with Olive + Ivy, The Thumb, and Lumberyard Brewery in Flagstaff, will be inducted into the Girl Scouts’ “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 – 15 of which are in the northeast Valley.
All the chefs also hope to not only raise critical funds to support local girl scouting in the area, but to inspire home cooks across Arizona to buy an extra box or two this Girl Scout cookie season to create their own desserts, too.
The participating restaurants in Scottsdale, and their creative desserts, are: Aioli Burger (Tagalong “You’re It” Premier Milkshake, $6); Brat Haus (Trefoil Meyer Lemon Tart, $8); Grape Wine Bistro (Thin Mint Crazy Milkshake Food Coma Ride, $9); Market Street Kitchen (Claire’s Badge, $7); Ocean Prime (Savannah Smiles Vanilla and Lemon Raspberry Tart, $12); Olive + Ivy (Tagalong Gelato, $3.25 for one scoop; $4.25 for two scoops; $6.00 for three scoops); Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North (Thin Mint Chocolate Brownie Pie with Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream, $10); Rita’s Kitchen at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn (Samoa Trifle, $10); Rusconi’s American Kitchen (Banana Cream Pie in a Jar with Tagalong Crust, $8); Super Chunk Sweets & Treats (Pineapple Samoas Cheesecake, $4.99); The Covenant (Thin Mint Crème de Menthe, $7); The Henry (Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Thin Mint Crème, $3); The Herb Box (Vegan Thin Mint Ding Dong, $8 on restaurant menu; $6 in bakery); The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s (The Zesty Lemon, $7); The Thumb (S’mores Fudge Pop, $4.25).
To share your own dessert creations – or shots of you and your family tasting any of the chefs’ creations – tag any social media posts with #dessertchallenge.