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- Brigadeiro is a Brazilian treat often served at children's birthday parties.
On first glance, they look like chocolate truffles. But they are oh so much more. They have a deep chocolate flavor, but because of the sweetened condensed milk, they have a chewy caramel texture that results in a unique experience after popping your first one.
I say first because it’s pretty much impossible to have just one of these guys! Especially with all these different toppings. Gotta try ‘em all!
Most of my recipes use lots of ingredients. So I always like when I can make something with only three.
After cooking for about 15 minutes, it thickens a lot. Stir often to prevent burning!
This doesn’t really pour, you need to scoop it out.
Let cool on a plate for at least half hour.
Meanwhile prep your toppings.
This stuff is super sticky so watch out! After rolling a few you should get the hang of it. A slightly damp hand is helpful to prevent sticking – but not too wet!
Roll it in the toppings. Chocolate sprinkles are the traditional coating.
These brigadeiro are so tasty and the texture is something I have never really experienced from chocolate. I think my fave was actually the Reese’s one, but the pretzel was a close second.
Here's a quick video that shows you how to make brigadeiro (by Youtube user kooktocook):
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Dan Whalen knows that in Brazil a party ain’t a party without brigadeiro. He has been blogging for over 3 years at The Food in my Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
Hello friends! Let’s make this super easy Brigadeiro recipe today!
This post is sponsored by Magnolia Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk, all opinions are my own.
As the good Brazilian that I am, brigadeiros are my favorite treat in the whole world.
In Brazil, brigadeiros are a staple at every birthday party, wedding, or celebration. It’s basically not a party without them.
And if you have been on my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen several variations of this recipe that I have posted here.
However, I have never posted the most traditional and popular one! The original Brigadeiro recipe, made with chocolate!
So today I bring to you the traditional Brigadeiro Recipe, the most popular way this condensed milk fudge is served in Brazil.
Basically, this is a condensed milk based fudge, cooked on the stovetop with butter, and the addition of flavor. In this case, chocolate.
Growing up, we always made this with chocolate flavored milk powder such as Nesquick. However, gourmet Brigadeiro-makers in Brazil now use real chocolate to make this treat.
I have added the adjustment to make it with cocoa powder as well, which has served me for years. And if that’s all you have at home, go for it! It will be just as delicious!
And while you can roll these and make them pretty by dredging them in fun sprinkles, many times when we make this, we just eat it right out of the pan, with a spoon.
We leave the rolling into fancy truffles for parties and special occasions.
My sister and I would make a batch every Friday night and eat out of the pan with a spoon while watching Harry Potter. We would make the coconut flavor more often than the chocolate one, because that’s our favorite.
To make this Brigadeiro Recipe, simply place all ingredients (except for the sprinkles) in a small saucepan.
Cook the mixture for about 10 minutes, until thick, fudgy, and it’s coming off from the bottom of the pan. If you tilt the pan over, the whole mixture should come off, as if it was falling in one piece.
Run the spoon or spatula through the middle of the mixture, and it should take about 5 seconds to come back together.
Watch the video on top of this page to see what the texture is supposed to look like!
Cooking time will vary, it should take from 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how many batches you are cooking at once, and how low or high you have the heat going.
Remove the mixture from the heat and let it rest in the fridge until completely chill.
Then you can scoop small amounts of brigadeiro and roll between lightly buttered hands, and coat into sprinkles.
You can use sprinkles, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, crystal sugar get creative with the toppings!
Ask any Brazilian what is their favorite cake and you will always get the same answer: brigadeiro cake. Absolutely nothing compares to this rich, fudgy, moist chocolate cake! If you love brigadeiro, this is a must-try!
Be still my heart! The cake I’ve been craving for the longest time is finally here. ❤️
I had dreams about brigadeiro cake throughout my whole pregnancy, but couldn’t have it because of my diet restrictions. Well, those restrictions are gone and I’m free to eat whatever I want.
It is also Rebecca’s 3rd month-versary, so I thought it was the perfect occasion to share a cake here on the blog! After all, I survived the infamous th trimester” y’all! *bows graciously*
If you know any Brazilians, you know that we are serious about our brigadeiro. It is the nation’s most loved sweet treat and is a must have at any birthday party!
I’m not going to get into the history of brigadeiro, as I already wrote all about it on my “Traditional Brigadeiros” post. Head over there if you wanna learn some more about this beloved docinho, including why it is called “brigadeiro”.
For right now, there is only one thing you should know: we are going all in, y’all!
The brigadeiro cake – which easily feeds a crowd – consists of four layers of a super moist and delicious chocolate cake, filled with soft brigadeiro and covered with even more brigadeiro. . As Brazilians would say, it’s “bem brigadeirudo”!
The trick to make a softer brigadeiro for the filling, is adding a can of table cream off the heat, after the brigadeiro is ready.
Table cream is a staple ingredient in Brazilian cuisine and it took me a long time to realize I could find it here in the States. I used to travel all the way to Queens to buy my precious “creme de leite de latinha” (which translates to “canned heavy cream”) at a Brazilian store, since heavy cream wouldn’t cut it for the recipes I wanted to make.
Then, one day I was walking by the hispanic aisle at my neighborhood supermarket when I saw it: the same table cream, the same brand, but a different name: Media Crema .
I couldn’t believe my eyes! And I couldn’t believe one of my favorite ingredients was there all along, right under my nose!
If you’re not familiar with it, Media Crema is a shelf-stable table cream that can be used as an ingredient (or topping) in many savory and sweet dishes.
Unlike the heavy cream, which needs to be refrigerated, the table cream – also known as light cream – can live in your pantry and will last a long time! In fact, before I found out I could find it here in the US, I used to bring back a bunch of cans every time I traveled to Brazil!
It also has a little less fat than heavy cream, around 20% vs 35+% of heavy cream, hence why you can’t make whipped cream with it.
If you plan on making lots of Brazilian dishes – especially our desserts – I would find it in your grocery store and would get familiar with it. You will be using it a lot!
You will notice that the recipe asks you to remove the serum from the table cream. That’s also very common in Brazilian recipes, especially when you want to use the cream to thicken something.
The easiest way to do that is to pop the table cream can (make sure to wash it before doing that) in the freezer for 20 minutes and, when cold, make two small holes with a knife (or can opener) in the bottom of the can. Then, turn the can back up (bottom side down) over a recipient, and all the serum will come out. All that will be left is the pure cream, ready to be used!
This brigadeiro cake might look like a lot – especially when you read the recipe – but a little goes a long way and you’ll be able to feed about 20 people. It is perfect for birthdays or special occasions! You can even make it for Christmas and decorate with red, white and green sprinkles.
I happen to prefer this cake cold, so if you want, you can make this cake the day before you’re planning on serving it! Just let it sit at room temperature for a little while so it’s still cold but not as stiff, as brigadeiro cake is supposed to be very soft and moist.
I hope you guys enjoy this! It is truly my favorite cake in the whole world.
Easy Brigadeiro Recipes: This Chocolate Brigadeiro Recipe Is Heaven in Your Mouth by Donna John
A brigadeiro is a bite-size Brazilian ball of chocolate goodness that’s served at almost all celebrations in Brazil. With only four ingredients, this truffle-like treat is super simple to make.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Here’s how to make them:
- Combine the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa and butter in a saucepan.
- Over medium-low heat, cook until the mixture thickens and is firm enough to stay together and not spread when stirred.
- Pour the batter onto a lightly buttered cookie sheet and allow it to cool to room temperature (or pop it into the fridge for a few minutes).
- Butter your hands and roll it into 1 1/2-inch balls.
- Roll the balls in the chocolate sprinkles.
Yum! Store in an airtight container.
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- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (such as La Lechera®)
- 2 tablespoons powdered cocoa (such as Nestle®)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup chocolate sprinkles, or as needed
Combine condensed milk, cocoa, and 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until brigadeiro mixture thickens and pulls away from the bottom and sides when the pan is tilted, 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and let brigadeiro mixture cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
Scoop teaspoonfuls of the brigadeiro mixture and roll into balls with greased hands.
Spread chocolate sprinkles on a shallow plate. Dip and roll brigadeiros in sprinkles.