Brigadeiros Recipe

Brigadeiros are balls of chocolate fudge which was born out of Brazilian politics. As the story goes, a Brazilian presidential candidate’s wife invented these little things of pleasure to sell at campaign fund raisers. The treat became so popular that the entire country has become obsessed with it since.



  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa power
  • Chocolate sprinkles

What You’ll Need

  • A non-stick pan
  • A wooden spoon
  • Mini baking cups


  1. Put roughly 2 tbsp of butter to melt in the pan. Set the stove top to medium-low.
  2. Once the butter is melted, add the whole can of condensed milk.
  3. Now you will add the chocolate; but wait, if you are using cocoa powder get a glass with a bit of water and slowly add the cocoa while mixing it with the water. This is because cocoa powder does not dissolve very well in the condensed milk, so you want to totally dissolve it with a bit of water and then add the mixture to the condensed milk in the pan.
  4. Stir with the wooden spoon; you will need to stir for at least 20 minutes and it can take as long as 40 minutes. Stir in circular movements and make sure you get the mixture from the sides of the pan so it does not burn.
  5. The brigadeiro will get thicker and thicker and will reduce in volume.
  6. You know it is ready when a) you divide it in half with the spoon and it stays parted for a few seconds and b) you scoop some brigadeiro with the wooden spoon, turn the spoon upside down, and it holds there for an instant before falling back into the pan.
  7. When your brigadeiro is ready, spread the content of the pan on a plate and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes; you want it nice and firm before you roll it in balls
  8. To make the little balls, spread a little bit of butter in your hands and make sure to get your fingers; using a small spoon, scoop out some brigadeiro, put it in your hands, and roll it in a little ball.
  9. Roll the ball in the chocolate sprinkles to cover it completely. Place your brigadeiro in a banking cup. Repeat the process – it should yield about 25 brigadeiros
  10. Put brigadeiros in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes to make them firmer and enjoy.

brigadeiro 5


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