July 17, 2012 by cookinglikeacarioca



Brigadeiros are classic Brazilian sweets.  They are chocolate candies that are commonly served at parties.  From formal holiday gatherings to family birthday parties, these chocolate truffles are always making an appearance.  They’re definitely a sweet that every carioca should know how to make!

Recipe: 15-20 small candies

Ingredients:Brigadeiro Ingredients

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa
  • Chocolate sprinkles





Step One

Pour the condensed milk and butter into a pan.  Over medium heat, stir the ingredients until the butter melts.  Next, add in the cocoa powder.

Step Two

Stirring frequently, cook the mixture until it thickens.  You should be able to see the bottom of your pan when you try to stir the mixture.

Step Three

Pour the hot, chocolate mixture into a greased pan or bowl.  You will need to let the mixture cool to room temperature in order to mold.  I placed mine in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

Step Four

Once the mixture has cooled, grease your hands and tear-off small pieces of the candy from the mixture.  Roll the pieces into balls.  Depending on your preference, the balls should be 1-2 inches in diameter. Roll them in chocolate sprinkles and enjoy!

Other Notes: I found that placing my brigadeiros in the refrigerator before serving helped the candies to hold their shape better and made them less messy to eat.  I’d also note that if your brigadeiros will not hold their shape (even after placing them in the refrigerator), then you’ll most likely need to cook your mixture until it thickens up more.



2 thoughts on “Brigadeiros

  1. Sara says:

    How funny that your post is on brigadeiros–I was looking at one of my old issues of Saveur and saw a recipe for them, and was discussing with an acquaintance of mine who is Brazilian just this Tuesday. I definitely have to try these!

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