Rita’s Kitchen's Samoa Trifle
Rita’s Kitchen's Samoa Trifle

By Alison Bailin Batz


For the fifth consecutive year, chefs from some of the Valley’s most popular restaurants will use their culinary skills to reimagine one of the flavors of Girl Scout cookies – Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, S’mores and Savannah Smiles – into a custom dessert menu item.

Each restaurant has agreed to feature its dessert on its menu from February 1 to February 28, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting.

“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 in Paradise Valley area 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 and leaders, we are doubling down with our support.”

Rusconi’s American Kitchen, along with Olive + Ivy, The Thumb, Lumberyard Brewery in Flagstaff will be inducted into the Girl Scouts’ “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:


Aioli Burger

Dessert: Tagalong ~ You’re It ~ Premier Milk Shake

Cost: $6

Info: 10652 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.971.5555


Brat Haus

Dessert: Trefoil Meyer Lemon Tart

Cost: $8

Info: 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.947.4006


Fair Trade Café

Dessert: Pura Vida Cheesecake

Cost: $4.25

Info: 1020 N. First Avenue, Phoenix, 602.354.8150


Fuego Grill

Dessert: Jessie’s Delight

Cost: $4.69
Info: 9118 W. Van Buren Street, Tolleson, 623.478.7300


Grape Wine Bistro

Dessert: Thin Mint Crazy Milkshake Food Coma Ride

Cost: $9

Info: 23335 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.305.0907


Market Street Kitchen

Dessert: Claire’s Badge

Cost: $7

Info: 20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.278.7044


Ocean Prime

Dessert: Savannah Smiles Vanilla and Lemon Raspberry Tart

Cost: $12

Info: 5455 E. High Street, Phoenix, 480.347.1313


Olive + Ivy

Dessert: Tagalong Gelato

Cost: $3.25 for one scoop; $4.25 for two scoops; $6 for three scoops

Info: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.751.2200



Dessert: Carlota

Cost: $6.95

Info: 519 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, 602.279.8420


Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North

Dessert: Thin Mint Chocolate Brownie Pie with Thin Mint Cookie Ice Cream

Cost: $10

Info: 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, 480.513.5085


Revolu Modern Taqueria + Bar

Dessert: Tagalong Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Cost: $9

Info: 15703 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, 623.878.0215


Rita’s Kitchen at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Dessert: Samoa Trifle

Cost: $10

Info: 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480.948.1700


Rusconi’s American Kitchen

Dessert: Banana Cream Pie in a Jar with Tagalong Crust

Cost: $8

Info: 10637 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, 480.483.0009


Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

Dessert: Pineapple Samoas Cheesecake

Cost: $4.99

Info: 7120 E. Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale, 602.736.2383


The Covenant

Dessert: Crème de Menthe

Cost: $7

Info: 4740 E. Shea Boulevard, Phoenix, 602.595.7440


The Haymaker

Dessert: Mommy’s Spiked Samoa Milkshake

Cost: $6

Info: 24762 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria, 623.566.1515


The Henry

Dessert: Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Mint Crème

Cost: $3

Info: 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.429.8020


The Herb Box (both locations)

Dessert: Vegan Thin Mint Ding Dong

Cost: $8 on restaurant menu; $6 in bakery

Info: 7134 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 480.289.6160; 20707 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.289.6180


The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s

Dessert: The Zesty Lemon

Cost: $7

Info: 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.626.5050


The Thumb

Dessert: S’mores Fudge Pop

Cost: $4.25

Info: 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, 480.513.8186


Tres Leches Café

Dessert: Samoa Mas Latte

Cost: $4.50 for 12 ounce; $5.50 for 16 ounce; $6.50 for 34 ounce

Info: 1330 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, 602.253.4925


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