Girl Scouts of Central Illinois hosted a Diamonds, Desserts, and Distinction signature event last Thursday night with desserts made from Girl Scouts cookies. There were six teams, and each team was assigned a cookie. The teams included Baldarotta's Porketta & Sicilian Sausage, Betsy's Bistro, Hamilton Walker's, Lincolnshire Fields Country Club, Biaggi's, and Urbana Country Club.

On a dark wooden board, there are lemon cookies dusted with powdered sugar. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Baldarotta's Porketta & Sicilian Sausage made Genovesi lemon custard stuffed pastries with the Lemonades Girl Scouts cookies.

On red and white checkered parchment paper, there are mini cannolis with white whipped cream filling dotted with chocolate chips inside a light brown taco shaped cannoli. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Betsy's Bistro made cannolis with (gluten-free) Caramel Chocolate Chip Girl Scouts cookies.

A one layer circle cake is frosted only on top with halves of Girl Scout Caramel deLites on the top. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Biaggi's Ristorante made a tres leches cake with Caramel deLites. 

Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Hamilton Walker's created a dessert bruschetta with dark chocolate, black cherry, and lime candy with the Toast Yay! Girl Scouts cookies.

On a table with a white tablecloth, several thin mint truffles with leaves of mint are in tiny square white plates. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Lincolnshire Fields Country Club made mint mousse bombes with Thin Mint Girl Scouts cookies.

On a hexagon mirror, three strawberry s'more parfaits sit in stemmed glasses. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Urbana Country Club created a s'mores parfait with the S'mores Girl Scouts cookies.

The Judges’ Choice Award was awarded to Lincolnshire Fields Country Club for the Thin Mint Mousse Bombe made with Thin Mint Girl Scouts cookies.

On overhead photo shows several square mini plates holding a mint chocolate truffle with a spread of edible gold. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

The People’s Choice Award was given to Betsy's Bistro for their Holey Cannoli dessert made with the gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip Girl Scouts cookies.

In addition, the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois honored Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department Administrator Julie Pryde as the 2021 Woman of Distinction for her work in our community.

Photo by Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

The event was a fundraising event for Girl Scouts of Central Illinois which support local Girl Scouts programs to teach essential life skills in STEM, financial literacy, civic engagement, health, wellness, and the arts.

Top image by Alyssa Buckley.