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    Marranitos (Little Ginger Pigs)

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    45 mins

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    15 mins

    Kim D.'s Note:

    These pig shapped cookies are very popular in all the Mexican bakeries here around Texas. They taste similar to gingerbread, but with a more dense texture. They are one of my favorite breakfast treats with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of milk. This recipe was printed in the Houston Chronicle and comes from a cookbook written by Melissa Guerra, called "Dishes From the Wild Horse Desert".

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    1. 1
      Place the piloncillo in a small saucepan with 1 cup water, star anise, and cinnamon.
    2. 2
      Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
    3. 3
      Remove saucepan from heat and allow to cool completely, stirring the mixture as it cools so that the sugar dissolves.
    4. 4
      Preheat the oven to 400°F.
    5. 5
      Whisk together cloves, ginger, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
    6. 6
      Mix in the shortening (or lard) and strain the piloncillo syrup in until the mixture comes together to form a dough.
    7. 7
      Divide the dough in half.
    8. 8
      Working with half the mixture at a time, roll out to 1/3-inch thickness and cut out with a pig-shaped cookie cutter.
    9. 9
      Place the cookies to an ungreased baking sheet.
    10. 10
      Brush with the egg wash.
    11. 11
      Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
    12. 12
      Cool on wire racks.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 20, 2006


      Being mexican this recipe is not like any marranitos I have ever eaten it had to strong a taste of ginger and the texture was not good the color was to light they are usually brown. If anyone has a good authenic marranito recipe please put it on this website thank you.

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    Nutritional Facts for Marranitos (Little Ginger Pigs)

    Serving Size: 1 (32 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 30

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 103.8
    Calories from Fat 37
    Total Fat 4.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 7.0 mg
    Sodium 104.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 1.7 g
    Protein 1.9 g

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