scout cookie dessert challenge 2017 guide | the market by jennifer’s restaurant + bar

chef and owner jennifer russo’s twixted trefoil bar featuring chocolate mousse, a hand-made trefoil shortbread and salted caramel. | dessert: twixted trefoil bar ($10) | dessert designer: jennifer russo | igned cookie: trefoils | where: 3603 e. indian school road, phoenix. 602-626-5050, www.themarketphx.com.(p o: the market by jennifer’s restaurant + bar)

scout cookies season is gearing up, bringing with it perhaps one of the valley's fiercest competitions: the  scout cookie dessert challenge.

this year, 21 chefs from across the valley and flagstaff worked with local scouts troops to create desserts using their trademark cookies, from a trefoil strawberry shortcake to a thin mint cheesecake.

each restaurant had a chef build a unique scout cookie creation using an igned cookie. the restaurants will feature their custom dessert on their menus from feb. 1-28. a portion of sales proceeds will go toward local scout programs.

this is the fourth annual challenge. last year, jada shiya won with her trefoil cookie creation for churn, an ice cream shop in central phoenix. shiya is back in the competition this year working with a completely different set of ingredients.

for the 2017 challenge, she was igned the savannah smiles, a lemon shortbread cookie dusted with powder sugar.

"what i decided to do was make an ice cream base with the cookies soaked in it and blend it in," shiya said. "so the ice cream base is a lemon base made with the cookies mixed with a swirl of raspberry jam throughout."

making a lemon raspberry ice cream was an easy choice.

churn’s house made savannah smiles ice cream by jada

churn’s house made savannah smiles ice cream by jada shiya – a 2016 challenge winner for most desserts sold – also includes decadent flavors of raspberry swirl. | dessert: savannah smile ice cream ($3.50/ per regular scoop) | designer: jada shiya | igned cookie: savannah smiles | where: 5223 n. central ave., phoenix. 602.279.8024, www.churnaz.com.

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"i was brainstorming what kind of flavors that would go good together," she said. "when i started researching what to do, i made this base as my first one and it was so good, i just decided this is the one we were going to go with."

shiya won the 2016 scout cookie dessert challenge with a cookie er swirl ice cream using the shortbread trefoil cookie, one of the scout's original cookies created in the mid-1970s. she wanted her creation "to stay true to the flavor of the cookie," making her own cookie er to emphasize the trefoil taste.

but for shiya and many of the chefs, the most important part of the competition is supporting the scouts.

"the big thing is just bringing awareness to the scouts," she said. "the importance it brings to young s' lives as far as being entrepreneurial, they learn about business and can take pride in what they do. i know i was a brownie in the scouts as a child and i remember how it felt. we would sell the cookies, the cookies would come in and then we'd go deliver them and it always felt really good."

in addition to the february competition, scout cookies are available through march 5 from local troops and cookie booths, which can be found at  scoutcookies.org.

here's a guide to the 2017 scout cookie dessert challenge. if you're planning to go out to dinner sometime in february, here are the restaurants participating in the challenge.

first-time challenge participant frank abeyta’s samoa

first-time challenge participant frank abeyta’s samoa creation – a rich, creamy samoa brownie parfait, available daily at the 347 grill inside the ultrastar multi-tainment center at ak-chin circle. | dessert: ultrastar samoa brownie parfait ($3.95) | designer: frank abeyta | igned cookie: samoas | where: 16000 n. maricopa road, maricopa. 520-233-2426, www.ultrastarakchin.com.

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347 grill at the ultrastar multi-tainment center at ak-chin circle

dessert: ultrastar samoa brownie parfait ($3.95).
chef: frank abeyta.
cookie: samoas.
where: 16000 n. maricopa road, ak-chin reservation near maricopa. 520-233-2426, ultrastarakchin.com.

char kitchen + bar

dessert: chocolate mousse with thin mint crumble ($8).
chefs: peter and pal micakaj.
cookie: thin mints.
where: 6107 n. scottsdale road, scottsdale. 480-664-9238, charkitchen.com.

chompie’s

dessert: the mint cheesecake ($5.99), with a thin mint cookie crust, crumbled thin mints swirled into the cake and topped with a cookie wedge.
chef: neal “the chomper” borenstein.
cookie: thin mints.
where: 9301 e. shea blvd, scottsdale. 480-860-0475, chompies.com. also, 4550 e. cactus road, phoenix; 9301 e. shea blvd., scottsdale; 1160 e. university, tempe; 3481 w. frye road, chandler; and arrowhead towne center, 75th avenue and bell road, glendale.

the mint cheesecake, developed by chompie’s own neal

the mint cheesecake, developed by chompie’s own neal “the chomper” borenstein, featuring a thin mint cookie crust, crumbled thin mints swirled into the cake itself and topped with a cookie wedge. | dessert: the mint cheesecake ($5.99) | designer: neal “the chomper” borenstein | igned cookie: thin mints | where: 9301 e. shea blvd., scottsdale. 480-860-0475, www.chompies.com.

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churn

dessert: savannah smile ice cream, with swirl of raspberry jam ($3.50 per regular scoop, $3 per kid’s scoop, $4.50 per double scoop, $5.50 per triple scoop).
chef: jada shiya (2016 challenge winner for most desserts sold).
cookie: savannah smiles.
where: 5223 n. central ave., phoenix. 602-279-8024, churnaz.com.

comp arizona grill at the hyatt regency phoenix

dessert: tagalong crunch bar ($8) with peanut er ganache, milk chocolate praline tagalong crust and dulce de leche.
chef: david duarte.
cookie: tagalongs.
where: 122 n. second st., phoenix. 480-440-3166, comp arizona.com.

coup des tartes

dessert: decadent thin mint chocolate tarte ($9) with chocolate pudding in a thin mint tarte shell.
chef: ron pacioni.
cookie: thin mints.
where: 1725 e. osborn road, phoenix. 602-212-1082, nicetartes.com.

drexyl modern american’s scott paget’s sweet creation,

drexyl modern american’s scott paget’s sweet creation, a tagalong cookie dark chocolate sphere with decadent peanut er filling. | dessert: tagalong cookie dark chocolate sphere ($11) | designer: scott paget | igned cookie: tagalongs | where: 8877 n. scottsdale road, scottsdale. 480-840 61, www.drexlyusa.com.

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drexyl modern american

dessert: tagalong cookie dark chocolate sphere ($11) with peanut er filling.
chef: scott paget.
cookie: tagalongs.
where: 8877 n. scottsdale road, scottsdale. 480-840 61, drexlyusa.com.

flower child

dessert: toffee-tastic chocolate pudding ($5), gluten-free.
chef: peder bondhus.
cookie: toffee-tastics.
where: 100 e. elback road, phoenix. 480-212-0180, iamaflowerchild.com.
also, 10460 n. 90th st., scottsdale, 480-240-4400; and 5013 n. 44th st., phoenix. 602-429-6222.

flower child’s gluten-free dessert offering features

flower child’s gluten-free dessert offering features the gluten-free toffee-tastic scout cookies in a rich, chocolate pudding. | dessert: toffee-tastic chocolate pudding ($5) | designer: peder bondhus | igned cookie: toffee-tastic | where: 100 e. elback road, phoenix. 480-212-0180, www.iamaflowerchild.com.

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fresko mediterranean kitchen

dessert: melopita ($4.50), a savannah smiles-infused greek honey cake.
chef: janna harris.
cookie: savannah smiles.
where: 5033 e. elliot road, phoenix. 480-940-3669, freskokitchen.com.

jalapeño inferno

dessert: scout banana cream pie ($5).
chef: terry craig.
cookie: trefoils.
where: 20825 n. pima road, scottsdale. 480-513-8332, jalapenoinferno.com. also, 23587 n. scottsdale road, scottsdale. 480-585-6442. also featured at rhythm & wine in scottsdale.

lumberyard brewing company

dessert: strawberry shortcake parfait ($4.95).
chef: richard kimball.
cookie: trefoils.
where: 5 s. san francisco street, flagstaff. 928-779-2739, lumberyardbrewingcompany.com.

reigning scout cookie dessert challenge champion

reigning scout cookie dessert challenge champion for most desserts sold kelli sappington dreamt up trefoil-infused cherry cheesecake gelato. | dessert: trefoil cherry cheesecake gelato ($3.25 per scoop) | designer: kelli sappington | igned cookie: trefoils | where: 7135 e. elback road, scottsdale. 480-751-2200, www.foxrc.com.

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olive + ivy

dessert: trefoil cherry cheesecake gelato ($3.25 per scoop).
chef: kelli sappington.
cookie: trefoils.
where: 7135 e. elback road, scottsdale. 480-751-2200, foxrc.com.

proof canteen at the four seasons scottsdale resort troon north

dessert: triple decker do-si-do delight ($10), layers of a do-si-do graham cracker cake, chocolate ganache, toasted marshmallows, caramel sauce and a salted do-si-do cookie crumble.
chef: calena srutowski.
cookie: do-si-dos.
where: 10600 e. crescent moon drive, scottsdale. 480-513-5085, proofcanteen.com.

rhythm & wine

dessert: scout banana cream pie ($5).
chef: terry craig.
igned cookie: trefoils
where: 7605 e. pinnacle peak road, scottsdale. 480-478-6999, rhythmandwine.com. also featured at jalapeño inferno.

rusconi’s american kitchen

dessert: chocolate chunk samoa pecan pie ($8).
chef: dave rico. 
cookie: samoas.
where: 10637 n. tatum blvd., phoenix. 480-483-0009, rusconiskitchen.com.

rusconi’s american kitchen – veterans of the challenge

rusconi’s american kitchen – veterans of the challenge – second year taking on samoas, this time with dave rico dreaming up a chocolate chunk samoa pecan pie. | dessert: chocolate chunk samoa pecan pie ($8) | designer: dave rico | igned cookie: samoas | where: 10637 n. tatum blvd., phoenix. 480-483-0009, www.rusconiskitchen.com.

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silver pine restaurant at the little america el

dessert: samoa tiramisu ($8).
chef: vanessa ronspies.
cookie: samoas.
where: 2515 e. butler ave., flagstaff. 928-779-7900, littleamerica.com.

sorso wine room

dessert: #minthappens chocolate mint cheesecake mousse ($7) with a thin mint cookie crust, scoop of chocolate gelato and whipped cream on top.
chef: paige murphy. 
cookie: thin mints.
where: 15323 n. scottsdale road, scottsdale. 480-951-4344, sorsowineroom.com

the crepe club

dessert: tag-a-crepe-along ($7.95), a peanut er and chocolate-based crepe with tagalong cookie filling and cookie crumbles.
chef: omar tarabichi.
cookie: tagalongs.
where: biltmore fashion park, 24th street and elback road, phoenix. 602-956-0087, thecrepeclub.com.

lucia alferez’s samoa doughnut, a brioche doughnut

lucia alferez’s samoa doughnut, a brioche doughnut with toasted coconut cream filling, caramel ganache and milk chocolate. | dessert: samoa doughnut with toasted coconut cream filling ($3) | dessert designer: lucia alferez | igned cookie: samoas | where: 4455 e. elback road, phoenix. 602-429-8020, www.foxrc.com.

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the henry

dessert: samoa doughnut ($3), a brioche doughnut with toasted coconut cream filling, caramel ganache and milk chocolate.
chef: lucia alferez.
cookie: samoas.
where: 4455 e. elback road, phoenix. 602-429-8020, foxrc.com.

the market by jennifer’s restaurant + bar

dessert: twixted trefoil bar ($10) with chocolate mousse, a house-made trefoil shortbread and salted caramel.
chef: jennifer russo.
igned cookie: trefoils.
where: 3603 e. indian school road, phoenix. 602-626-5050, themarketphx.com.

chef and owner jennifer russo’s twixted trefoil bar

chef and owner jennifer russo’s twixted trefoil bar featuring chocolate mousse, a hand-made trefoil shortbread and salted caramel. | dessert: twixted trefoil bar ($10) | dessert designer: jennifer russo | igned cookie: trefoils | where: 3603 e. indian school road, phoenix. 602-626-5050, www.themarketphx.com.

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the thumb

dessert: minty oh! ($4.25), a devil’s food cake roll filled with minty white chocolate ganache and crumbled thin mint cookies covered with a chocolate glaze.
chef: susan kolman
cookie: thin mints.
where: 9393 e. bell road, scottsdale. 480-513-8186, thethumb.com.

twisted grove

dessert: t.a.g. (tagalongs are great) ice cream cookie sandwich ($5), a shortbread cookie with creamy peanut er and sweet provisions tagalong ice cream covered with chocolate ganache.
chef: christopher collins.
cookie: tagalongs.
where: 8220 n. hayden road, scottsdale. 480-699-0811, twistedgrove.com.

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