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Marranitos (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.



Egg wash


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together brown sugar, shortening, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla extract until the mixture forms a firm paste.
  3. Add, mixing after each addition until blended, the molasses, egg and milk.
  4. Gradually add the flour, mixing to form a dough; Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick; cut with a large pig-shaped cutter.
  5. Place each marranito on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. In a cup or small bowl, beat egg.
  7. Using a pastry brush, paint tops of marranitos lightly with beaten egg.
  8. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until browned.

Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 17 mins | Total time: 32 mins


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