“Just Desserts” with the San Jacinto Girl Scouts

Thursday night I got to help with one of my favorite events- the San Jacinto Girl Scout Councils’ “Just Desserts” annual fundraiser.
Eight celebrity chefs from around Houston faced off in a pallet-pleasing competition at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. The challenge? Create an original dessert using a common ingredient: Girl Scout cookies.

I was paired with 10-year-old girl scout Rachael Riley of Vidor Troop #3497 to help judge the entries. Tough work- especially for a pregnant woman who craves sweets 24/7!

Only Girl Scouts who sell more than 1,000 boxes of cookies are invited to the exclusive event. Riley sold 1,644 last year. This year, she’s at 358 boxes, but she plans to beat her number from last year. So if you see her (or any Girl Scout for that matter), buy a box or 2.

My favorite creation was from Chef LJ Wiley. He made granola out of Shortbread Cookies. It could be breakfast, dessert or a snack anytime. Good stuff!

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