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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.


When it comes to cookies, the Girl Scouts do it best. And when it comes to creating desserts from the world’s best cookies, who better than the chefs at some of Arizona’s most popular restaurants to use their creative genius and rework these cookies into some tantalizing desserts?

That is exactly what more than two dozen restaurants throughout the Valley and in Flagstaff have been busy doing since all month long. Starting the first of February, a one-of-a-kind Girl Scout Cookie-inspired dessert will be featured on each of the participating restaurants’ menus for the entire month! That’s right—there are currently 25 Girl Scout Cookie desserts out there just waiting for you to try!
Last week, we featured the restaurants that have made it into the “Five-Timers Club,” those that have been with us the full five years since the challenge’s inception. This week, we’re turning our attention to the five other veterans – those who have taken part more than one year – who will be battling it out, once more, to claim the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge throne.

Without further ado, this year’s veteran restaurants include:

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 – A Chef Lance Custom Creation.
Cost: $10
Address: 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85262

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 – House made creamy malted milk and vanilla bean ice cream with crunchy Thin Mint cookie bits accompanied with a chocolate medallion and mint sprig.
Cost: $6
Address: 2515 E Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86004

The Henry
Dessert Designer: Lucia Alferez
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Mint Crème – A decadent chocolate fudge brownie topped with a mint crème. This dessert is just the right touch of rich and creamy.
Cost: $3
Address: 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

The Herb Box
Dessert Designer: Monique “Mo” Kauppi
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Vegan Thin Mint Ding Dong – A minty, rich and creamy ding dong, just like the ones you used to enjoy as a child, but only vegan.
Cost: $8 on restaurant menu; $6 in bakery
Address: Available at both Scottsdale locations
7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
20707 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s
Dessert Designer: Jennifer Russo
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles Cheesecake – Lemon-infused New York style cheesecake on a buttery rosemary and lemon crust made from Savannah Smiles cookies; accompanied by a dollop of tart lemon curd and candied lemon wedge.
Dessert: The Zesty Lemon
Cost: $7
Address: 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Your challenge is simple—try each and every one of desserts in this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. We’ve already given you a plenty of places to start.

When you and the family do experience some of these desserts, share the experience by tagging your social media posts with @GSACPC and #dessertchallenge.
For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit

(all photos courtesy of HMA Public Relations). 
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