Authentic Mexican Marranitos (Molasses Gingerbread Pigs)
photo by Maria R.
- Ready In:
- 1 1⁄4 cups brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup unsulphured molasses
- 1 egg
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together brown sugar, shortening, baking soda, cinnamon and vanilla 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 1/4 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.
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Great recipe - the taste is unmistakeably 'marranito'! I had a bit of trouble with the texture though. It was way too dry (I didn't judge well while adding the flour) and I had to add more milk and knead and knead to get it to come together. So they were even more dense than usual! But I think some minor tweaking (maybe also some additional baking soda) and this is going to become a family favorite. My husband had never had them and was thoroughly impressed!
This recipe is great. I grew up eating Marranitos as a child and had a favorite bakery version that included anise seeds. I added 1/2 tsp ground anise seeds, and they were perfect. These were the closest in flavor to the Marranitos I remember. No problem with sticking if you use silicone baking sheets.
These cookies were so easy to make! If you're looking for a fun baking project for kids, this would be perfect :D I'm giving the recipe 4 stars because I took other reviewers' advice and made a few alterations: I added 1 tsp ginger and 1/2 tsp ground anise, I upped the milk to 1/3 C, and I reduced the molasses to about 3/4C. They're delicious, although I think next time I'll add a touch more spice because the molasses flavor was still quite pronounced. I also might try sprinkling coarse sugar on top after doing the egg wash for some crunch and extra sweetness. I will definitely be using this recipe for gingerbread men come Christmastime! Thanks for sharing!
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