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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.



  • 1 1/4 cups packed, grated piloncillo or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

Egg wash

  • 1 egg


  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 min | Cook time: 17 min

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