Restaurants Take Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

by RaeAnne Marsh

Too many people equate “Girl Scouts” with “ Girl Scout cookies.” The program is far more comprehensive and defies a simple summary, but it’s true that the cookie sales program keeps Girl Scouts in the public eye. Girl Scout cookies have come a long way from when, baked at home by the Girl Scouts themselves for fundraising, they were also evidence of culinary skills.

Local restaurateurs and chefs have come on board to evidence their own culinary inventiveness around Girl Scout cookies — as well as support the incredible program that is Girl Scouts — by participating in the local Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s seventh annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge for the central and northern Arizona. Participating restaurants create a dessert with one of this year’s Girl Scout Cookie flavors and feature it on their menu this month, and will donate a portion of the proceeds back to GSACPC. Individuals can register their vote for the winner, and the winner in each region will be “crowned” the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge Champion in early March.

To see the full list of participating restaurants, and to vote, visit

[Did you know: The Girl Scout Cookie Program of GSUSA is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world, fostering confidence and teaching business ethics and decision making. Nationally, the program generates more than $700 million in annual sales. All proceeds stay local. The 2020 Cookie Season for Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council runs January 20 through March 1.]

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