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"Uncovering the Delicious Tradition of Authentic Brigadeiro: A Guide to Brazil's Favorite Sweet"

Updated: Mar 31


Brigadeiro is a beloved Brazilian sweet treat that is popular at parties, celebrations, and gatherings of all kinds. These chocolate truffles are made with just a few simple ingredients, yet they are incredibly rich, creamy, and indulgent. Follow this recipe to create your own batch of brigadeiros and experience the irresistible combination of chocolate and sweetness that will delight your taste buds.


- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

- Chocolate sprinkles, cocoa powder, or finely chopped nuts, for coating (optional)


1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and unsalted butter.

2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, until it thickens and pulls away from the sides of the pan. This should take about 10-15 minutes.

3. Once the mixture has thickened to a fudge-like consistency and starts to bubble, remove it from the heat.

4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let it cool to room temperature. You can also refrigerate it for faster cooling.

5. While the brigadeiro mixture is cooling, prepare your coatings by placing them in separate shallow dishes.

6. Once the brigadeiro mixture has cooled, grease your hands lightly with butter to prevent sticking, then roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter, using your palms.

7. Roll each brigadeiro ball in your desired coating until evenly coated. You can use chocolate sprinkles, cocoa powder, or finely chopped nuts for a variety of flavors and textures.

8. Place the coated brigadeiros on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing them apart to prevent sticking.

9. Repeat the rolling and coating process with the remaining brigadeiro mixture until you have formed all the truffles.

10. Once all the brigadeiros are coated, refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

11. Serve the brigadeiros chilled or at room temperature on a decorative platter or in mini cupcake liners.

12. Enjoy these decadent chocolate truffles as a sweet treat for parties, gatherings, or any time you crave a delicious indulgence!

13. Store any leftover brigadeiros in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Bring them to room temperature before serving for the best flavor and texture.

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