Happy Cinco de Mayo! I can't think of a better day to post these wonderful Mexican cookies than today.
Piggy cookies (traditionally called: cerditos, cochinitos, marranitos, or puerquitos) are simply amazing and I can't believe I made it all these years without having them in my life.
So for those not familiar with traditional Mexican Piggy Cookies, let me explain - they have a delicately sweet, cinnamon flavor and their texture is soft and puffy; almost cake-like. The recipe for these cookies is from Pati Jinich's cookbook Pati's Mexican Table. She has published the recipe here.
Several months ago, I had the pleasure of making these cookies for Pati during an event in which she was making an appearance - I had never heard of them, but when we were discussing which recipes we wanted to serve during the event, Pati suggested I make these because they were a favorite of her family.... and now, they're a favorite of my family too!
We need honey and Piloncillo (or dark brown sugar) for this recipe. I've used both piloncillo and brown sugar for these cookies and and the piloncillo version really does taste better. You should be able to find it at your Hispanic grocery store.
Next, the dry ingredients and eggs are added and everything gets stirred together...
...until the mixture looks like this. The dough is very soft and sticky at this point so it needs to be chilled before it can be rolled out. Put the dough into a plastic zip-top bag and store it in the refrigerator for anywhere 2 - 48 hours.
Once the dough is chilled properly, it's time to roll it out to 1/4-inch thickness. To ensure each of my cookies end up being the exact same thickness, I use 1/4-inch dowels as a guide.
For rolling cookie dough, I love to use a ball bearing rolling pin.
Be sure dust well with flour to prevent sticking. Dip the pig cutter in flour too.
Use a pastry brush to remove excess flour.
Then brush the cookies with an egg wash just before popping them into a preheated oven to bake.
When the cookies are done baking, cool completely and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
Then hurry up and grab some before they all disappear!! In the very rare instance that you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container to maintain their soft chewy texture.
Yum - thanks to Pati for introducing me to these awesome cookies! Click over to Pati's site for the recipe.