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Bre Krager, from HMA Public Relations is back this week with all the sweet info on the 5th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Challenge.


We are more than halfway through the 5th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge—how many desserts have you tried? If there are still a few more desserts you have to check off your list, have no fear! The Dessert Challenge doesn’t end until February 28 and we’re featuring a few more restaurants today that are sure to tempt even the most stubborn of eaters.
The competition is fierce this year, with more than two dozen restaurants in total competing to be the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Champion. We’ve talked about the returning veterans and their incredible desserts, all of which are inspired by one of the Girl Scout Cookie flavors. But what about the newbies? Listed below are a handful of this year’s Dessert Challenge newcomers and they have come to play!

Grape Wine Bistro

Grape Wine Bistro 

Dessert Designer: Kellie Pruitt
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Thin Mint Crazy Milkshake Food Coma Ride – This milkshake, which is actually guaranteed to put you into a chocolate/mint food coma, is comprised of blended pieces of Thin Mint cookies in a creamy, mint chocolate chip ice cream, topped with whipped cream, chocolate mint candies, chocolate cupcakes and more!
Cost: $9
Address: 23335 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Ocean Prime2

Ocean Prime

Dessert Designer: Jagger Griffin
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles
Dessert: Savannah Smiles Vanilla and Lemon Raspberry Tart – This incredible vanilla & lemon raspberry tart is made with a crumbly Savannah Smiles crust and finished with house whipped cream.
Cost: $12
Address: 5455 E. High Street, Phoenix, AZ 85054

Presidio Dessert


Dessert Designer: Lucy Nava
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles
Dessert: Carlota – The Carlota was inspired by the traditional Mexican dessert called the Carlota, but with a twist! This dessert layers Savannah Smiles, cream cheese, lemon juice and pineapple.
Cost: $6.95
Address: 519 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Ritas Outside

Rita’s Kitchen at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Dessert Designer: Jeffrey Pilditch
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Samoa Trifle – This dessert combines the signature flavors of the Samoa cookie to make a decadently delicious trifle of chocolate sponge cake, caramel mousse and whipped cream with crumble Samoa cookies, toasted coconut and chocolate sauce.
Cost: $10
Address: 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253


The Covenant

Dessert Designer: Rich Putman
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Crème de Menthe – It’s Thin Mints, it’s chocolate, and it’s served in a fun glass—what more could you ask for?
Cost: $7
Address: 4740 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028


The Haymaker Restaurant

Dessert Designer: Joe Lucidi
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Mommy’s Secret Samoa Shake – This milkshake adds rich vanilla ice cream, dark rum, light rum and Samoa cookies, topped with whipped cream and yet another Samoa cookie.
Cost: $9 with spirits or $7 without
Address: Available at both West Valley locations
24762 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy., Peoria, AZ 85383
1800 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85395

Tres Leches Dessert

Tres Leches Café

Dessert Designer: Jose Rivera
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Samoa Mas Latte – This frozen beverage includes Samoa cookies, vanilla, coconut, caramel and espresso—I can’t think of a better way to start your day!
Cost: $4.50 for 12 ounces; $5.50 for 16 ounces; $6.50 for 34 ounces
Address: 1330 W. Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ 85007

To see all the desserts available across the Valley, visit

And to share your own dessert creations—or photos of you and your family enjoying any of the chefs’ creations—simply tag our social media posts with @GSACPC and #dessertchallenge.
Enough reading—more eating!

(all photos courtesy of HMA Public Relations). 
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