Marranitos (Mexican Pig-Shaped Cookies)

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Marranitos (or cochinos, or puerquitos, as are they are called in some Mexican-American communities) are often called 'Gingerbread Pigs,' although they don't actually have ginger in them - and no cinnamon either. In fact, traditional marranitos get their delicious spicy-brown goodness from molasses. This recipe is a trans-pecos region variation, it uses the non-traditional addition of cinnamon. You may wish to try also adding a bit of dry ground ginger, and you may use a milk wash instead of an egg wash.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
15 large cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together brown sugar and shortening until smooth. Mix in 1 egg, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the baking soda, cinnamon, and molasses. Mix in flour until the dough is stiff enough to roll out.

  3. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into cookies using a pig shaped cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Brush the remaining beaten egg over the tops of the cookies.

  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the centers of the cookies appear dry and edges are lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

359 Calories
5g Fat
73g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 359
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 151mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 6g
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 415mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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