Traditional Brazilian Brigadeiros
Brazilian Brigadeiros is an easy dessert recipe that every “avó” in Brazil knows with their eyes closed. A great no-bake recipe that everybody — even kids — can make.
These are like chocolate truffles but way more chewy and soft. They are covered with sprinkles and they are so cute and good for serving in a party. I just love them!
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How to make Brazilian Brigadeiros?
First, we need to make the brigadeiros’ “body”, which is basically made of butter, sweetened condensed milk, and cocoa powder.
The main thing you must have in mind is when to remove from the stove the preparation. As soon as the mix starts to boil you must low the temperature to low. The perfect point for the brigadeiros is when you can see the bottom of the pan when stirring.
Then we let it chill completely. Then we cover the mix with plastic wrap making sure that it touches the top of the mix. This way we prevent crusting and we get a smooth mix. It must rest at least 3 hours in the fridge to get a firm texture that makes the assembling process easier.
Now that the body is made and completely cold we need to shape the brigadeiros into their traditional round form. Here is where things start to get “sticky” and you can end with a hot mess.
To get a nice-shaped brigadeiro you need to spread butter through your hands and make sure you are coated completely, otherwise, the brigadeiro will start to stick to your hands. This process is messy but the butter makes it easier.
Now that you have your round-shaped brigadeiros the fun part begins. The traditional coating is granulated chocolate but you can get creative and make a few of them with rainbow sprinkles coating — I’m so into everything unicorn so I had to do it. They look extra cute and colorful.
Finally, let them sit in the fridge for 1 hour so they get into shape when you serve them.
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (400 gr)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 5 tbsp cocoa powder
- Colorful sprinkles
- Granulated chocolate
In a medium-size pot melt the butter over medium heat. As soon as the butter is melted add the condensed milk. Don’t let the butter brown or it will add a weird flavor. Then add the cocoa powder and stir until it boils and you can see the bottom of the pan when stirring.
Take out of the stove and let it chill. Cover with plastic wrap and make sure it touches the mix. Take to the fridge for 3 hours.
Cover your hands with butter and make balls with the mix. Cover this balls either with rainbow sprinkles or with granulated chocolate. Take to the fridge for 1 hour. Serve.