Monday, February 2, 2015

Rusconi's Samoan Decadence & A Giveaway

By: The Food Hunter

For the second year in a row several valley restaurants will be participating in the "Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge". Chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants will use their culinary prowess to re-imagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout cookies, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, and the new Rah Rah Raisins, into a custom dessert menu item.

Desserts will be featured on restaurant menus from February 1 to February 28, 2015, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the transformation of the local Girl Scouts Council’s Camp Sombrero to a Leadership Center for Girls and Women.

Chef Michael Rusconi of Rusconi's American Grill in Phoenix put together the following dessert using the famous Samoa Cookies. When asked why he chose Samoas to work with Chef responded: “clearly Samoas are the very BEST Girl Scout Cookie.”

Locals be sure to stop into Rusconi's and try this yummy treat. Need extra incentive? We are giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $25 gift card to Rusconi's American Grill. ***Enter Below*** For those not in Arizona Chef Rusconi shared his recipe below.

Samoan Decadence
1 Cup Milk
1 Quart Crème
8 ounces Sugar
1 Vanilla Bean
Pinch Salt
10 ounces Dark Baker’s Chocolate
12 Egg Yolks

For the Filling
Mix milk, crème, sugar, salt, vanilla bean, and chocolate in sauce pot over heat, but do not bring to a boil. Then temper hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. Set a side

For the Samoan Crust
1 pound Girl Scout Samoa’s

Grind cookies in a food processor until fine.Pack into the bottom of a silicone cupcake mold.
Pour the Chocolate mixture into molds and bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees until set.

If you want more information on the challenge, please visit: To find out other valley restaurants participating visit here

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  1. Seriously I haven't bought a box of Somoans (which I refuse to call caramel delights btw, lol) in about 4-5 years...last time they were near me...I ate the whole box!

  2. Wow, that flaming red is such an abstract work of art. This dessert looks decadent!

  3. What a beautiful and decadent dessert, perfect for Valentine's day!

  4. What a gorgeous dessert! And Samoas are my favorites, so this is calling to me.

  5. What a gorgeous dessert and so artsy! I would love to have one of these right now to pop into my mouth! I bought a bunch of girl scout cookies in hopes that they make it through to a recipe. One can hope, at least.

  6. Whoa! That is quite amazing! I love desserts that are also works of art!

  7. That is definitely decadent! ALMOST too pretty to eat ; )

  8. I think this has to happen in my house, although it will not be as pretty. Had to stop back so I could give it a pin. xx

  9. I have to agree, Somoans ARE the best cookie they sell.

  10. I've been to his restaurant!! The food was absolutely wonderful!

  11. What!? Girl Scout Cookie Challenge - how fun is that! I think this dessert is aptly named, it is a stunner!

  12. Those colors are stunning and quite breathtaking.

  13. Not sure if my previous comment posted or not…anyways, love that there is a girl scout cookie dessert challenge. Now finally a way to make better use of them :)

  14. I'm a huge girl scout cookie fan! This is such a fun challenge and I'd totally be tempted to try every single one.

  15. Who doesn't love Girl Scout Cookies? The samoas would be a great base for the custard in this dessert. The red sugar garnish is beautiful!

  16. I love Girl Scout cookies sooooooo much! If only I could get my hands on a few boxes....

  17. That looks so beautiful-- so elegant!

  18. Beautiful! Samoas are my favorite, which explains why I never buy them!