Authentic Mexican Marranitos (Molasses Gingerbread Pigs)
30 mins (prep 15, cooking 15)
10 ingredients
15 servings
Moist and rich-tasting beneath a glossy, ever-so-slightly flaky top. Not quite cookie, not quite cake. Marranitos -- or cochinos, or puerquitos, as are they are called in some Mexican-American communities -- are often called "Gingerbread Pigs," although they don't actually have ginger in them - and no cinnamon either. In fact, traditional marranitos get their delicious spicy-brown goodness from molasses.Baking soda is the leavening agent, and it's the variation in the amount used that makes some bakeries' pigs fatter than others.In Mexico, bakers take piloncillos -- unrefined brown sugar pressed into small cone shapes -- and boil the sugar with just enough water to make their own molasses syrup, which is then added to the dough for the little pigs. Then the dough is rolled out and cut with pig-shaped cookie cutters about the size of a medium-size grown-up's hand. (4.5")*This recipe is from Fort Worth baker Marco Rangel, and is used for the molasses pigs he sells at his bakery, the Panaderia San Marcos. It uses the non-traditional addition of cinnamon. You may wish to try also adding a bit of dry ground ginger. And you may use a milk wash instead of an egg wash.

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Serving Size (95.41 g)
Servings 15
Amount per Serving
Calories 332.33 Calories from Fat 5.67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.63g 14.61%
Saturated Fat 0.15g 11.61%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 1.38mg 6.9%
Sodium 154.19mg 96.37%
Total Carbohydrate 75.93g 379.67%
Dietary Fiber 1.49 g 89.46%
Sugars 37.43 g %
Protein 5.89g 176.6%
Vitamin A 5.27IU% Vitamin C 0.12mg%
Calcium 96.23mg% Iron 3.55mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
vegetable shortening