Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

It’s my favorite time of the year in Arizona, when cool temperatures reign and everyone is outdoors enjoying the sunshine while the rest of the country freezes.  It’s also that time of the year for the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, now in its fifth year.  From Feb. 1 – 28, pastry chefs across the Valley and Flagstaff compete to create a winning dessert using one of the Girl Scout Cookie flavors.  To try all 23 desserts would have been a herculean task, but I took some time to explore a few spots in my neighborhood to compile a list of five desserts from a few of my favorite cookie flavors.  I encourage all to taste the creations, and also to buy an extra box or two to try their hand at making a dessert at home.  Or just scarf down a box while watching The Crown.  Either way, it’s all good. xoM

Brat Haus
Dessert Designer: Jeffrey Schoening
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils
Dessert: Trefoil Meyer Lemon Tart
Cost: $5 (This tart can easily feed 4-8 people!)
Info: 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

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

Super Chunk Sweets & Treats
Dessert Designers: Sergio and Country Velador
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Pineapple Samoas Cheesecake
Cost: $4.99
Info: 7120 E 6th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Country and Sergio Velador

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
Info: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

I had to try a bite! This is my fave GS Cookie!!

The Thumb
Dessert Designer: Susan Kolman
Assigned Cookie: Smores
Dessert: Smores Fudge Pop
Cost: $4.25
Info: 9393 E. Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Here is a complete list of all restaurants participating:

Northeast Valley: 

Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North

The Henry


Grape Wine Bistro

The Herb Box Southbridge

The Herb Box DC Ranch

Olive + Ivy

Rusconi’s American Kitchen

Aioli Burger

The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s

Ocean Prime

The Thumb

Rita’s at JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Market Street Kitchen

Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

Brat Haus


Silver Pine Restaurant at Little America


West Valley:

Revolu Modern Taqueria + Bar


Fuego Bistro


Presidio (Central Phoenix)

Fair Trade Café (Central Phoenix)


All photos by Marci Symington for

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