Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., hosted its annual dessert competition, Just Desserts, at the Junior League of Houston Thursday, January 19. Half-a-dozen pastry chefs from across Houston battered it out to create delicious desserts using Girl Scout Cookies, and Smallcakes Houston was selected as the People’s Choice winner.
This year’s event celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, and the event’s football theme joined in the excitement of Houston hosting Super Bowl LI. A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money.
More than 100 guests enjoyed the palate-pleasing event as celebrity chefs vied for the best in each of the following categories: Best Table Display, Best Theme Interpretation, Best Use of Girl Scout Cookie, Celebrity Judges Favorite, Most Delicious, Most Creative Recipe and the People’s Choice. Guests were also treated to the newest flavor in the Girl Scout Cookies line-up – S’mores.
This year’s participants included Michael’s Cookie Jar, Gigi’s Cupcakes - Post Oak, Ooh La La: The Dessert Boutique, The Cupcake Cowgirls, Maine-Ly Sandwiches and Smallcakes Houston.
Girl Scouts were paired with chefs and members of the media who served as judges. Judges included Patricia Lopez of KTRK Ch. 13; Amy Davis of KPRC Ch. 2; Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine; Tiffany Craig of KHOU Ch. 11 and Lizzet Lopez of Univision.
List of Awards:
- Best Table Display (Peanut Butter Sandwich) – Maine-Ly Sandwiches
- Best Theme Interpretation (Thin Mints): Gigi’s Cupcakes – Post Oak
- Best Use of Cookie (Lemonades): Smallcakes Houston
- Celebrity Judges Favorite (Caramel DeLites): Ooh La La: The Dessert Boutique
- Most Delicious (Shortbread): Michael’s Cookie Jar
- Most Creative Recipe (Peanut Butter Patties): The Cupcake Cowgirls
- The People's Choice (Lemonades): Smallcakes Houston