This month, 347 Grill at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is serving up a desert using the popular Samoa Girl Scout cookie. Submitted photo

By Sara Goodwin

It’s that time of year again … nope, not Valentine’s Day; it’s something much sweeter…Girl Scout cookie season.

From now through March 5, more than 17,000 girls in central and northern Arizona will be walking around neighborhoods with cookies and will have booths in front of local stores. This cookie season will be an extra special one for them, as 2017 marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts.

But that’s not the only sweet news. This year, the award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge returns for the entire month of February. More than a dozen chefs across the Valley and in Flagstaff have reimagined a classic Girl Scout cookie and created a dessert that will be featured on their menu Feb. 1-28, with a portion of sales benefitting local girl scouting.

And for the first time, Maricopa will be represented by 347 Grill at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle! Dessert designer Frank Abeyta has created a rich, creamy Samoa brownie parfait with the Girl Scout Samoa cookie.

On Twitter, tweet your favorite Girl Scout cookie to @InMaricopa and be entered to win a gift card from UltraStar Multi-tainment Center.

Find out where you can try every dessert below, or visit for more information.

347 Grill at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle
Dessert Designer: Frank Abeyta
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: UltraStar Samoa Brownie Parfait
Cost: $3.95
Details: 16000 N. Maricopa Road, Maricopa; 520-233-2426;

Char Kitchen + BarGSCookie-Char-Kitchen
Dessert Designer: Peter and Pal Micakaj
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse with Thin Mint Crumble
Cost: $8
Details: 6107 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-664-9238;

Chompie’s – All Valleywide Locations
Dessert Designer: Neal “The Chomper” Borenstein GSCookie-Chompie's-1
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: The Mint Cheesecake
Cost: $5.99
Details: 9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale; 480-860-0475;
4550 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix
9301 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
1160 E. University, Tempe
7700 W. Arrowhead Town Center, Glendale
3481 W. Frye Road, Chandler

Dessert Designer: Jada Shiya
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles
Dessert: Savannah Smile ice cream
Cost: $3.50/per regular scoop
$3.00/kid’s scoop
$4.50/double scoop
$5.50/triple scoop
Info: 5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.279.8024;

Compass Arizona Grill at the Hyatt Regency PhoenixGSCookie-Compass-Arizona-2
Dessert Designer: David Duarte
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Tagalong Crunch Bar
Cost: $8
Details:  122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix; 480-440-3166;

Coup des Tartes
Dessert Designer: Ron Pacioni GSCookie-Coup-des-Tartes
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Decadent Thin Mint Chocolate Tarte
Cost: $9
Details: 1725 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix; 602-212-1082;

Drexyl Modern American
Dessert Designer: Scott Paget
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs GSCookie-Drexyl
Cost: $11
Dessert: Tagalong Cookie Dark Chocolate Sphere
Details: 8877 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-840-1861;

Flower Child – All Locations
Dessert Designer: Peder Bondhus
Assigned Cookie: Toffee-tastic
Dessert: Toffee-tastic Chocolate Pudding GSCookie-Flowerchild3
Cost: $5
Details: 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 480-212-0180;
10460 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale; 480.240.4400
5013 N. 44th Street, Phoenix; 602.429.6222

Fresko Mediterranean Kitchen
Dessert Designer: Janna Harris GSCookie-Fresko1
Assigned Cookie: Savannah Smiles
Dessert: Melopita (Greek Honey Cake)
Cost: $4.50
Details: 5033 E. Elliot Road, Phoenix (Ahwatukee); 480-940-3669;

Jalapeño Inferno – All Locations
Dessert Designer: Terry Craig
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils GSCookie-Jalepeno-Inferno2
Dessert: Girl Scout Banana Cream Pie
Cost: $5
20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.513.8332;
23587 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-585-6442

Lumberyard Brewing Company (Flagstaff)
Dessert Designer: Richard Kimball
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils GSCookie-Lumberyard
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake Parfait
Cost: $4.95
Details: 5 S. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff; 928-779-2739;

Olive + Ivy
Dessert Designer: Kelli Sappington GSCookie-OliveIvy1
Assigned Cookie: Trefoil
Dessert: Trefoil Cherry Cheesecake Gelato
Cost: $3.25 per scoop
Details: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480-751-2200;

Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North
Dessert Designer: Calena Srutowski GSCookie-Proof-Canteen-2
Assigned Cookie: Do-si-dos
Dessert: Triple Decker Do-si-do Delight
Cost: $10
Details: 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale; 480-513-5085;

Rhythm & Wine
Dessert Designer: Terry Craig
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils GSCookie-Rhythm-and-Wine
Dessert: Girl Scout Banana Cream Pie
Cost: $5
Details: Details: 7605 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale; 480-478-6999;

Rusconi’s American Kitchen
Dessert Designer: Dave Rico
Assigned Cookie: Samoas GSCookie-Rusconi's-American-Kitchen
Dessert: Chocolate Chunk Samoa Pecan Pie
Cost: $8
Details: 10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480-483-0009;

Silver Pine Restaurant at the Little America Hotel (Flagstaff)
Dessert Designer: Vanessa Ronspies
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Samoa Tiramisu GSCookie-Silver-Pine-at-Little-America
Cost: $8
Details: Inside the Little America Hotel at 2515 E. Butler Avenue in Flagstaff; 928-779-7900;

Sorso Wine Room
Dessert Designer: Paige Murphy
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: #MintHappens Chocolate Mint Cheesecake Mousse GSCookie-Sorso-Wine-Room
Cost: $7
Details: 15323 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-951-4344;

GSCookie-The-Crepe-Club2The Crepe Club
Dessert Designer: Omar Tarabichi
Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: Tag-a-Crepe-Along
Cost: $7.95
Details: 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602-956-0087;

GSCookie-The-Henry2The Henry
Dessert Designer: Lucia Alferez
Assigned Cookie: Samoas
Dessert: Samoa Doughnut with Toasted Coconut Cream Filling
Cost: $3 per doughnut
Details: 4455 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602-429-8020;

The MARKET by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar
GSCookie-The-Market-by-Jennifer's-Dessert Designer: Jennifer Russo
Assigned Cookie: Trefoils
Dessert: Twixted Trefoil Bar
Cost: $10
Details: 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix; 602-626-5050;

The Thumb
GSCookie-The-ThumbDessert Designer: Susan Kolman
Assigned Cookie: Thin Mints
Dessert: Minty Oh!
Cost: $4.25
Details: 9393 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale; 480-513-8186;

Twisted Grove
Dessert Designer: Christopher Collins
GSCookie-Twisteed-Grove2Assigned Cookie: Tagalongs
Dessert: T.A.G. (Tagalongs Are Great) Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
Cost: $5
Details: 8220 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale; 480-699-0811;