Recipe Challenge: Day 14 – Shortbread Cookies & Greens Pie

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Another double recipe day! Couldn’t help myself  🙂

I made a bunch of sugar cookies for the kids and friends, and let’s just say I’m tired of them by this point. My kids all asked for cookies though and it had to be something new and different. First recipe up for today is simple, and the kids can help make them. Shortbread Cookies!

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1.4 cup confectioners sugar
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bar bittersweet chocolate melted (for dipping cookies if wanted)

Directions

In a medium bowl beat the shortening sugar and confections sugar on high until creamy. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour, salt, yolks, cream and vanilla beating until all combined. Dived the dough and warp each half in the fridge to chill for an hour
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 Preheat oven to 325F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. On lightly floured surface roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Use any cookie cutter you want (3 inch) Re-roll the dough until all the cookies are cut. Place cookies on prepared baking sheets. Bake until the edges are slightly browned, about 12 minutes. Let cool on the pan and then remove to wire wracks to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate till there’s no more lumps and it runs smooth. Dip part of the cookies into the chocolate and place on parchment paper to cool.

The second recipe for today is a nice and healthy dish to even out all the sugar the kids got for Valentine’s Day.  Easy to make as well, and you can either do it with or without the pie crust. I’m calling it Greens Pie because I didn’t follow the directions and made it my own. Instead of a crustless quiche, I made a crust, not to mention tossing in Collard Greens, Green onions,  and Broccoli along with Spinach.
Hence the Name…Greens Pie!  

Look at all that green goodness!!

Ingredients
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (I used 2lb fresh Spinach)
1 cup wilted Collard Greens
Half a pound of chopped Broccoli
1/2 cup green onions
5 eggs, beaten
2-3 cups shredded Muenster cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
*Pie Crust if wanted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F
Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan. (If your using a crust, grab your favorite pie crust and line the ungreased pie pan with the dough. Set it aside. )
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in spinach and other greens and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add greens mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan.
Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes.(If using a crust, bake about 25 minutes, check to see if the crust is brown, if so cover edges with foil and cook till a knife in the center comes out clean.  Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

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