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Cochinitos

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First, in the interest of full disclosure, this is my wife’s recipe, not mine – I am not, nor have I ever been, a cookie baker. When it comes to cookies, the best I can do is the “Whack ‘n’ Bake” sugar cookies, and I’m even challenged when it comes to those.
Having said that, I really love these cookies – cochinitos are very popular cookies in the U.S./Mexico border area, and every panaderia in northern Mexico carries them. The word is Spanish for “Little Pigs”, but you can just call them “Piggy Cookies”, as I do. They are very gingerbread-like, but the over-the top spices like white pepper make these a treat you’ll find yourself craving after the cookie jar is empty.
To be totally authentic, get yourself a pig-shape cookie cutter (available at amazon.com as well as any larger kitchenware store). The cookies taste the same no matter what shape they are, but why deny yourself the fun of eating a spicy pig?
3 cups Flour
1 Tbs Powdered sugar
2 tsp Ground cinnamon
¾ tsp Baking soda
½ tsp Sea salt
¾ tsp Ground cloves
½ tsp White pepper
1 stick Unsalted butter, softened
½ cup Brown sugar, packed
½ cup Sour cream
1 large Egg
¼ cup Honey
¼ cup Molasses
1 tsp Vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and all dry spices (sifting them together fluffs everything up).
Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy (about 3 minutes). Slowly add in the sour cream, honey, molasses, egg, and vanilla; continue mixing on medium speed until all ingredients are well-blended. Add the sifted flour mixture and continue to mix until well-combined but slightly moist.
Form dough into a ball with your hands, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
On a floured work surface, roll the dough out to a thickness of between ¼” and ½”. Cut out the piggy shapes, and place carefully on a parchment-covered baking sheet, taking care to ensure the cookies are not touching one another.
Place into a preheated 350° oven for 10-12 minutes – being careful not to over bake. The finished product should be soft and chewy – if they come out hard and dry, throw them away and try again tomorrow.
You can eat them plain, or add frosting or glaze.

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