'Lucky Piggies' Glucksschweinchen

In Germany these little piggies are a traditional gift for New Year theyre supposed to bring good luck I tried to keep the recipe low fat The filling is traditionally marzipan I came up with the walnutsugar filling in a cinch when I noticed I was out of

Cuisine: German

Main Ingredient: Cake

Category: Dessert

Difficulty: 1/10

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'Lucky Piggies' Glucksschweinchen

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-- Dough --
2 1/4-oz packagesActive dry yeast; 1/4 oz = 2 1/4 tsp
1/4 cupWater; heated to 100 - 110F
1/2 cupSugar
2Egg white
5 1/2 cupsWhite flour
1/4 teaspoonSalt
1 cupSkim milk; heated to 100 - 110F
4 tablespoonsButter; at room temperature, cut into small pieces
-- Filling --
1/2 cupWalnuts; finely chopped
1/2 cupLight brown sugar
2 teaspoonsCinnamon
1Egg white
2Eggs; well beaten
-- Garnish --
2 cupsConfectioners Sugar
1Egg white
Dark chocolate


1In a small bowl, combine yeast, water, and 1 tsp of sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes.
2 In a small bowl, beat egg and egg whites well.
3 In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, rest of sugar, and salt. Add yeast, milk, egg mixture, and butter to flour and beat until a soft dough forms, or -- if using a food processor -- until dough clears the side of the wall.
4 Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 min. Cover in plastic wrap and let rise until double in size, about 1 to 1.5 hours.
5 Divide dough into 2 balls. Cover in plastic wrap and rest for 10 minutes.
6 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover 2 baking sheets with wax paper.
7 In a small bowl, combine walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, and egg white.
8 Roll each ball of dough out to about 4 mm. With round cookie cutters, cut out 24 cookies of 3 to 3.5 inches and 12 cookies of 1.5 inches diameter. Use the rest of the dough to cut out 24 triangular "ears".
9 Put 12 large cookies on baking sheets and distribute walnut filling across the cookies. Baste edges with egg, put another large cookie on top, and press edges together firmly. It's important to close the edges well, or the filling may spill out when the cookies go in the oven.
10 Push two holes into each small cookie to form snouts. Baste each snout and the ears with egg and press onto large cookies. Baste piggies with egg. Rest them for 15 minutes.
11 Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from tray and let cool.
12 In a medium bowl, whisk 2 cups of confectioners sugar and 1 egg white. The mixture must be white and very stiff. With a wooden skewer, carefully drop the mixture on each piggie to form eyes.
13 Melt some dark chocolate in a microwave and use skewer to finish the piggies' eyes.
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