This is a fun and easy project for kids to do on a rainy afternoon. You could use refrigerated dough, but it's so easy and less expensive to make your own. My daughter and her best friend made these recently and they were yummy!
You'll need 3 sizes of biscuit cutters or drinking glasses: small, medium, and large (roughly 1", 2", and 3" in diameter). Take a batch of regular bread dough and roll it out to approximately a quarter inch thickness. Be sure to use flour underneath so that it doesn't stick to the board.
Cut large circles out of about 2/3rds of the dough by flouring the cutter and twisting into the dough. Once you count how many circles you have, cut half as many small circles and a quarter as many medium circles. So, for example, if you made 18 large circles (the body), you would cut 9 small circles (the nose) and 5 medium circles (the ears). Cut the medium circles into quarters.
Place 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce and 1 tablespoon of shredded Italian blend cheese in the center of half of the large circles. You can change up the ingredients for the filling but keep it to about 2 tablespoons in total. Dip your finger in water and paint the edge of each circle to moisten. Place the other large circles on top and press down the edges to seal.
Beat an egg in a small bowl. Use the egg as glue to attach the other pieces. The small circles (the nose) should be brushed with the egg and applied about 2/3rds down in each pig. Make 2 vertical slits in the nose to look like nostrils. Attach the ears at the top of the large circles with the points facing inward. To finish off the piggies, use black peppercorns for eyes and press into the dough gently.
Place on a baking sheet. With a pastry brush, brush egg over top of each pig. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until browned.
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