Cochitos Recipe Pan Dulce

Cochitos, marranitos, puercitos, whatever you want to call them, they are delicious.

Yield: 16 4-5 inches each

Bake: 13 min

Ingredients:

1/4 cup shortening

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

1 cup molasses

1/4 cup milk

5-6 cups all purpose flour

1 egg for egg wash

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350f. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In mixer bowl, cream together brown sugar and shortening.
  3. Add in vanilla, cinnamon and baking soda.
  4. Add egg and molasses. Stir in milk.
  5. Add in flour 1 cup at a time, you will use about 5-5 1/2 cups of flour. The dough should be thick enough to roll out.
  6. Working with 1/2 of the dough, roll out onto floured counter 1/4 inch and use a pig shaped cutter to cut and place on baking sheet 2 inches apart. I’ve made these with a 5 inch pyrex bowl to cut out into circles, in case you do not have a pig cutter.
  7. Gather pieces, reroll and place onto sheets. Continue with the rest of the dough. If using circles-I end up with 16, when using a 4 inch pig cutter-I end up with 20.
  8. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of cookies to remove excess flour.
  9. In a small bowl, beat egg. Brush the tops of each cookie with egg wash.
  10. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool immediately.

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