Brazilian brigadeiros

    50 min

    This delicious three-ingredient chocolate fudge sweet is a much loved Brazilian treat that's lightning fast - just 10 minutes to cook, with no sugar thermometer, then let it rest till cool to handle.

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    Makes: 20 brigadeiros

    • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 15g butter
    • 1 (397g) tin condensed sweetened milk

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cocoa, butter and condensed milk. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 10 minutes.
    2. Remove from heat and let rest until cool enough to handle. Using greased hands, form into small balls and eat at once or chill until serving.

    To decorate

    Roll the balls in chocolate sugar strands for a traditional Brazilian touch!


    Brazilian brigadeiros
    Brazilian brigadeiros

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    There was no mention of rubbing butter on your hands while making a brigadeiro ball. Without butter, the chocolate strands won't adhere to the ball. Also this recipe fails to explain the right consistency of the chocolate before taking it off the heat. I usually like recipes from this website but this one is not one of them. My brigadeiros although nice were disappointing. I am not using cocoa powder any more, for sure and will be using butter to roll those balls.  -  31 Aug 2013


    I didnt use cocoa powder i used 150g plain chocolate because it didnt thicken to the right consistency. I cooled it in the fridge for an hour and then rolled them out with greased hands. Worked so much better and tasted much bettet  -  22 Oct 2016


    I am from Brazil, but I am currently living in the US. I can give some tips about making a brigadeiro: 1. Condensed milk in the US is a litlle different from the Brazilian version. It is not so sweet as the Brazilian, therefore I would recommend using a chocolate powder like Nesquick. 2. Cook the mixture until it thickens enough to show the pan bottom during stirring. 3. Pour the mixture in a lightly greased dish and let it cool to room temperature. 4. Now you are ready to form the little balls, remember to grease your hands with margarine first! 5. Roll it over sprinkles 6. Place the balls in candy cups (small size)and voilla! Enjoy it! In Brazil every child's birthday includes this wonderful specialty. Children adore brigadeiro.  -  21 Nov 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)