Marranito Cookies (Little Pigs)
These delicious cookies are also known as Puerquitos. They are reminiscent of gingerbread and are a traditional Mexican pan dulce. Living in the Southwest we are able to buy these in the bakeries, but they really are so much better when they're homemade.
- 1¼ cups packed, grated piloncillo or brown sugar
- ¼ cup vegetable shortening
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsulphured molasses
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup milk
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- Egg wash
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together brown sugar, shortening, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla extract until the mixture forms a firm paste.
- Add, mixing after each addition until blended, the molasses, egg and milk.
- Gradually add the flour, mixing to form a dough; Roll dough out to about ¼ inch thick; cut with a large pig-shaped cutter.
- Place each marranito on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- In a cup or small bowl, beat egg.
- Using a pastry brush, paint tops of marranitos lightly with beaten egg.
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until browned.