Peanut Butter Brigadeiro
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If you like peanut butter cups, you will love these!
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter
  • package chocolate sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, peanut butter and cocoa. On low heat stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  2. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  4. Put the sprinkles or other coating into a separate dish.
  5. To shape the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  6. Transfer the ball to the dish of sprinkles and roll it around to coat all sides.
  7. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. They keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
Variations: You can decorate with powdered sugar, coconut or cocoa powder instead of chocolate sprinkles, chopped nuts or just eat it by the spoonful!

 

Rum Brigadeiro
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Great for holiday parties.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons rum
  • package chocolate sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter, cocoa and rum on low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  2. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  4. Put the sprinkles or other coating into a separate dish.
  5. To shape the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  6. Transfer the ball to the dish of sprinkles and roll it around to coat all sides.
  7. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. They keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
You may use dark or light rum depending on how strong you want them to be. For a slightly different, smoother flavor try "Bailey's Irish Cream." Variations: You can decorate with powdered sugar, sugar, coconut or cocoa powder instead of chocolate sprinkles, or just eat it by the spoonful!

 

Fun Cake Mix Brigadeiros
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Versatile. Great for kids parties. Any dry cake mix will work. Not as gooey as traditional brigadeiros.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ cup cake mix, dry
  • colored sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the sweetened condensed milk and butter. On low heat stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  2. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and slowly stir in dry cake mix. Keep stirring until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  5. Put the sprinkles or other coating into a separate dish.
  6. To shape the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  7. Transfer the ball to the dish of sprinkles and roll it around to coat all sides.
  8. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. They keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
Any dry cake mix will work, example: white or yellow For different flavors try the "Party Rainbow Chip" or "Orange Supreme" cake mix. Rolled in colored sugars.

 

Sweet Potatoe Brigadeiro
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Very sweet. Almost tastes like Sweet Potatoe Casserole.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup sweet potatoe filling (15 oz can)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • granulated sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter, sweet potatoe filling and cinnamon.Stir constantly with a wooden spoon on low heat.
  2. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 25 - 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  4. Put the sugar into a separate dish.
  5. To mold the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  6. Roll in sugar
  7. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. Keep these in refrigerator if saving for a later date.
Notes
Make sure the sweet potatoe is pureed. This recipe may take a little longer to cook. Variation: You may replace the sweet potatoe with ½ cup pumpkin puree You may also roll these in a sugar/cinnamon combination or chopped walnuts.

 

Sweet Corn Brigadeiro
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Before you wrinkle your nose at these, try them. The flavors blend beautifully.
Ingredients
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (15 oz) sweet corn kernels, drained
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • sugar/cinnamon mixed
Instructions
  1. Place the drained sweet corn kernels and the sweetened condensed milk in a blender or food processor and purée them.
  2. In a medium non-stick pan, pour the mixture. Add the butter and cinnamon. Stir on low heat constantly with a wooden spoon.
  3. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  5. Put the sugar/cinnamon mix into a separate dish.
  6. To shape the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  7. Transfer the ball to the dish of sugar/cinnamon and roll it around to coat all sides.
  8. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. They keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
I recommend buying the sugar/cinnamon mixture pre-made in the spice section of the store. If you are going to mix up your own do not overdue the cinnamon. It can be overpowering. Variation: You may just roll in sugar.

 

Cheese Brigadeiros
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Nice smooth flavor. The cheese and sweetened condensed milk complement each other.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Extra grated parmesan cheese to cover
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk and butter on low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  2. Before bringing the condensed milk to a boil slowly add the grated cheese stirring constantly.
  3. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  5. Put the extra shredded cheese on a separate dish.
  6. To mold the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  7. Transfer the ball to the dish of cheese and roll it around to coat all sides.
  8. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. They keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
Variation: You may also roll these in sugar or shredded coconut.

 

Pistachio Brigadeiro
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Great blend of flavors.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz ) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 9 oz unsalted shelled pistachio
Instructions
  1. Place the pistachios in a food processor and finely grind them. Set aside ½ cup of the ground pistachio.
  2. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter and remaining pistachio on low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  3. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  5. Spread remaining pistachio on to a separate dish.
  6. To shape the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  7. Transfer the ball to the dish of remaining ground pistachio and roll it around to coat all sides.
  8. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. They keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
Great to bring to parties.

 

Lemon Brigadeiro
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Sweet and sour taste. These are very good.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated white chocolate
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • grated white chocolate for topping
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter, and chocolate on low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  2. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the lemon zest and stir well.
  4. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  5. Put the remaining grated white chocolate into a separate dish.
  6. To mold the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  7. Transfer the ball to the dish of grated white chocolate and roll it around to coat all sides.
  8. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. They keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
Lemon rind can be bitter.Very important -- make sure you only zest the yellow part of the rind not the white. Variation: For a sweeter taste this can also be rolled in sugar.

 

Banana Brigadeiro
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What fruit could be more Brazilian than bananas? These are delicious.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 small ripe bananas mashed
  • shredded chocolate
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter and chocolate on low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon. After five minutes add the mashed banana.
  2. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  4. Spread the shredded chocolate into a separate dish.
  5. To mold the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  6. Roll in the shredded chocolate.
  7. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
Variations: You can decorate with shredded coconut, shredded white chocolate, chocolate sprinkles or topped with sugar and cinnamon.