A Sweet Indulgence: Unveiling the Delightful World of Brigadeiros

Nov 1, 2023 | Desserts


Prep Time

Cooking Time

10 minutes
25-30 minutes

Brigadeiro – A Sweet Indulgence That Evokes Fond Memories

Ah, the Brigadeiro – indulgent, nostalgic, and a true testimony to the power of simplicity. This beloved Brazilian treat holds a special place in my heart, as it reminds me of lazy afternoons spent with my grandmother in her cozy kitchen. As she effortlessly whipped up a batch of these chocolate truffles, she would share stories of her childhood, transporting me to a different era. Today, I am delighted to share this cherished recipe with you, so that you too can savor the delight and create your own sweet memories.

Brigadeiro Ingredients


  • 1 can (14 oz) of condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • Sprinkles (for coating)

Brigadeiro Cooking Instructions


Step 1: Preparation

Gather all the ingredients and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. It’s important to have everything ready as Brigadeiros require constant attention.

Step 2: Starting the magic

In a medium-sized, thick-bottomed saucepan, combine the condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. Place the saucepan over medium heat, and let the mixture slowly heat up, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. This step is crucial to avoid burning the mixture.

Step 3: The gentle simmer

Continue stirring until the mixture reaches a gentle simmer. This should take around 6-8 minutes, depending on your stove. Adjust the heat if needed to maintain the simmer, making sure it doesn’t boil or stick to the bottom.

Step 4: The art of patience

Now comes the waiting game! Keep stirring the mixture at a steady simmer for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until it thickens to a fudgy consistency. You’ll know it’s ready when you run the spoon through the mixture, and it takes a few seconds for the mixture to join back together.

Step 5: Chilling time

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes until it’s safe to handle. Shape the mixture into small balls, approximately 1 inch in diameter. Traditionally, Brigadeiros are rolled by hand, but if you prefer, you can use a spoon or a small cookie scoop for a more consistent size.

Step 6: Time to sparkle

Roll the Brigadeiros in the sprinkles, ensuring they are thoroughly coated. Opt for your favorite colorful sprinkles to add a playful touch to these chocolate truffles. Place the Brigadeiros on the prepared baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set.

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Step 7: Delightful indulgence

After the agonizing wait, it’s finally time to enjoy these delectable Brigadeiros! Serve them in mini baking cups or wrap them in wax paper—a nod to their Brazilian roots. These bite-sized wonders are perfect for sharing or as a sweet treat to savor alone.

Tips and Variations:

  1. Experiment with toppings: Besides sprinkles, try coating Brigadeiros with crushed nuts, shredded coconut, or drizzling them with melted chocolate for an added touch of decadence.
  2. Salted caramel brigadeiros: Replace the cocoa powder with caramel sauce and add a pinch of sea salt during step 2. Voila! You have a luxurious salted caramel version.
  3. Brigadeiro cake: Craving a larger indulgence? Use this recipe to make a luscious Brigadeiro cake. Simply layer the Brigadeiro mixture between moist chocolate cake layers, and frost generously with Brigadeiro ganache.

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The Brigadeiro is more than just a dessert; it embodies flavors, memories, and the essence of family. As you take a bite of these delicate truffles, I hope they transport you to a moment of bliss, a moment shared with loved ones, or a sweet escape into your very own kitchen sanctuary. Enjoy, my fellow enthusiasts of the culinary arts, and let the Brigadeiro cast its spell upon you.

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