For the fifth year in a row, chefs from some of the Valley’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, Smores and Savannah Smiles—into a custom dessert menu item. Each restaurant features its dessert on its menu now through Feb. 28, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in the Valley.
"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,” says 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, Lumberyard Brewing Co. 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.
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—and their creative desserts—are: