Dessert First a huge success for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
A cheesecake created by Cardwells featured Caramel deLites as the crust.
Last Thursday night, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri hosted a great event at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton, Missouri. Known as Dessert First, the event challenged local chefs to create culinary delights from Girl Scout Cookies. With a lot of media attention leading up to the event, we here at the council spent the few days before getting more and more excited. This was a first-of-its-kind event here in Eastern Missouri; though other councils have had similar competitions to create desserts out of Girl Scout cookies, none have been combined with an elegant dinner and awards ceremony.
Although our Communications Department had met with a few of the chefs beforehand to take photos and even sample a dessert or two on the air, all the chefs were very secretive about their recipes until just before the event. The result was absolutely delicious. From the Ritz-Carlton's winning strawberry-lemon ice box cake, a fluffy, light dessert made from lemonade cookies and topped with a sugary-sweet slice of lemon peel, to the mint-chocolate torte from Edgewild and the Caramel deLite cheesecake from Cardwell's on the Plaza, all the desserts competed wonderfully, though the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton took home the night's awards.
All the desserts are create-able in any home kitchen, and a few are even no-bake, including the Four Seasons' cheesecake on a stick. It's easy to recreate using just a microwave. All recipes will be available on our website soon. The only caveat - make sure you've purchased Girl Scout Cookies to use in your recipes, as they won't taste the same without them!