We here at Wander LOVE the Girl Scouts and we are honored to be part of the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge again this year. We are thrilled to share some of the specialties from participating restaurants, a few delicious recipes, and even a couple of gift cards to two lucky readers so you can go back to visit for more great desserts!

The 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 now through 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.”

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

Girl Scouts are selling cookies through March 2

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 girlscoutsaz.org/cookiefinder.

Remember to enter now for a chance to win one of two gift cards to a participating restaurant!

Restaurants Participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge and Recipes

The participating restaurants and their creative desserts are:

Aioli Buger

Dessert Designer: Thomas D’Ambrosio
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Tagalong ~ You’re It ~ Premier Milk Shake
Cost: $6
10652 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85028
www.aioliburger.com

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Tagalong ~ You’re It ~ Premier Milk Shake at Aioli Burger.

Brat Haus

Dessert Designer: Jeffrey Schoening
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils
Dessert: Trefoil Meyer Lemon Tart
Cost: $8
3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
www.brathausaz.com/

Click here to download a copy of the recipe for the Trefoil Meyer Lemon Tart.

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Trefoil Meyer Lemon Tart At Brat Haus.

Fair Trade Café

Dessert Designer: Stephanie Vazquez
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils
Dessert: Pura Vida Cheesecake
Cost: $4.25
1020 N. 1st Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85003
www.azfairtrade.com

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Pura Vida Cheesecake at Fair Trade Café.

Fuego Bar & Grill

Dessert Designer: Diego Espinoza
Assigned Cookie: Do-si-dos
Dessert: Jessie’s Delight
Cost: $4.69
9118 W. Van Buren Street Tolleson, AZ 85353
www.facebook.com/FuegoBarAndGrill

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Jessie’s Delight at Fuego Bar & Grill.

Grape Wine Bistro

Dessert Designer: Kellie Pruitt
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Thin Mint Crazy Milkshake Food Coma Ride
Cost: $9
23335 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
www.grapebistro.com

Click here to download a copy of the recipe for the Thin Mint Crazy Milkshake Food Coma Ride.

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Thin Mint Crazy Milkshake Food Coma Ride.

Lumberyard Brewing Company

Dessert Designer: Winnie Hanseth and Team
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Tagalong Mousse Jar
Cost: $5.39
5 S. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
lumberyardbrewingcompany.com

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Tagalong Mousse Jar at Lumberyard Brewing Company.

Market Street Kitchen

Dessert Designer: Matt Keeler
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Claire’s Badge
Cost: $7
20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
https://marketstreetkitchen.com

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Claire’s Badge at Market Street Kitchen.

Ocean Prime

Dessert Designer: Jagger Griffin
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles
Dessert: Savannah Smiles Vanilla and Lemon Raspberry Tart
Cost: $12
5455 E. High Street, Phoenix, AZ 85054
https://www.ocean-prime.com/locations-menus/phoenix

Click here to download a copy of the recipe for the Vanilla and Lemon Raspberry Tart at Ocean Prime.

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Savannah Smiles Vanilla and Lemon Raspberry Tart at Ocean Prime

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
7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
https://www.foxrc.com/restaurants/olive-ivy-restaurant-marketplace/

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Tagalong Gelato at Olive + Ivy.

Presidio Cocina Mexicana

Dessert Designer: Lucy Nava
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles
Dessert: Carlota
Cost: $6.95
519 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
www.presidiophx.com

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Carlota with Savannah Smiles at Presidio Cocina Mexicana

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
10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85262
www.proofcanteen.com

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Thin Mint Chocolate Brownie Pie with Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream at Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North

Revolu Modern Taqueria + Bar

Dessert Designer: Jeremiah Gracia
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Tagalong Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
Cost: $9
15703 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382
www.revolutaqueria.com

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Tagalong Chocolate Ice Cream Cake at Revolu Modern Taqueria + Bar

Rita’s Kitchen at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Dessert Designer: Jeffrey Pilditch
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Samoa Trifle
Cost: $10
5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Website Here

Click here to download a copy of the recipe for the Samoa Trifle.

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Samoa Trifle at Rita’s Kitchen at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Rusconi’s American Kitchen

Dessert Designer: Dave Rico
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Banana Cream Pie in a Jar with Tagalong Crust
Cost: $8
10637 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85028
rusconiskitchen.com/

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Banana Cream Pie in a Jar with Tagalong Crust at Rusconi’s American Kitchen. Photo courtesy Joanie Simon

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
2515 E Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86004
http://flagstaff.littleamerica.com/dining/silver-pine-restaurant

Click here to download a copy of the Silver Pine Malted Mint Ice Cream recipe.

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Silver Pine Malted Milk Ice Cream. Silver Pine at Little America in Flagstaff.

Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

Dessert Designers: Sergio and Country Velador
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Pineapple Samoas Cheesecake
Cost: $4.99
7120 E 6th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
www.superchunk.me

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Pineapple Samoas Cheesecake at Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

The Covenant

Dessert Designer: Rich Putman
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Crème de Menthe
Cost: $7
4740 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028
thecovenantaz.com

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Créme de Methe at The Covenant

The Haymaker Restaurant

Dessert Designer: Joe Lucidi
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Mommy’s Secret Samoa Shake
Cost: $9 with spirits or $7 without
Available at both West Valley locations
24762 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy., Peoria, AZ 85383
1800 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85395
www.haymakeraz.com/

Click here to download a copy of the recipe for Mommy’s Secret Samoa Shake.

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Mommy’s Secret Samoa Shake at The Haymaker Restaurant

The Henry

Dessert Designer: Lucia Alferez
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Mint Crème
Cost: $3
4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
www.thehenryrestaurant.com

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Mint Crème at The Henry

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
Available at both Scottsdale locations
7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
20707 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
www.theherbbox.com

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

Vegan Thin Mint Ding Dong at The Herb Box

The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s

Dessert Designer: Jennifer Russo
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles
Dessert: The Zesty Lemon
Cost: $7
3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
www.marketbyjennifer.com

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

The Zesty Lemon with Savannah Smiles at The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s

The Thumb

Dessert Designer: Susan Kolman
Assigned Cookie: Smores
Dessert: Smores Fudge Pop
Cost: $4.25
9393 E. Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85260
www.thethumb.com

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

Smores Fudge Pop at The Thumb

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
1330 W. Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ 85007
www.facebook.com/treslechescafe

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Samoa Mas Latte at Tres Leches Café

Share Your Dessert Creations and Win

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.

We here at Wander, in cooperation with the participating restaurants, are giving away two gift certificates (contest starts at midnight 2/13/2018 and ends at midnight on 2/28/2018). We have one gift care to Rita’s at The Camelback Inn and another to Super Chunk. You can use these to visit each restaurant again after the month of February to check out the rest of the great dessert offerings. Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below to receive one of two gift cards to check out the great desserts for yourself.

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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.


Terms & Conditions of Giveaway: Restaurants are in Arizona. The contest is open only to those in the Continental US and gift cards will be mailed to the winners within 7 days of the drawing. The winners will be announced during the day on March 1, 2018. No cash substitutes are available. Winners will not be able to select which of the two gift cards they receive. It will be a random draw.

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