Shortbread Brigadeiro
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Serves: 20
 
Sweet, gooey and crunchy.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • crushed shortbread cookies
  • sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the 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. Remove from heat and add the shortbread chunks. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  4. Put the sugar or other coating 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 or other coating.
  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
Variation: Roll in shredded white chocolate instead of the sugar.

 

Chocolate Brigadeiro Pizza
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Serves: 16
 
If you are a Chocoholic -- this is for you!!
Ingredients
  • 1 package (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Topping may be anything from sprinkles, coconut, shaved chocolate, fruit.
Instructions
  1. Don’t be scared by the two step process. This recipe is actually really simple. I just wrote a very detailed description.
  2. The first step of this recipe is to make up the Basic Chocolate Brigadeiro Batter.
  3. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa. Stir on low heat constantly with a wooden spoon
  4. 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.
  5. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  6. You are now ready for the second step.
  7. At this point preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  8. Press cookie dough into a ball, and flatten on a floured pan, You can use a 12-inch circle or a square baking pan (I have a square baking pan which I prefer to use)
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes (cookie will be soft)
  10. Cool for 10 minutes
  11. Using a spatula or other long utensil, loosen cookie dough from pan and place on the serving platter/plate
  12. Spread the brigadeiro batter over the cooked cookie dough
  13. Add your choice of topping
  14. Cut into squares
Notes
Ideas for toppings: 12-14 strawberries, hulled and halved and 1 large banana, sliced Cover the brigadeiro batter with cut strawberries and banana slices. Use chocolate syrup to drizzle over the fruit Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. When ready to serve cut into squares. Variation for dough: 1 package (18 ounces) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter cookie dough or Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough The cook time is approximate. While your brigadeiro batter is cooling you are cooking the dough.

 

Lemon Caipirinha Brigadeiro
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Serves: 20
 
Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail made of lime and cachaca. This recipe combines those flavors into a brigadeiro.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon Cachaça
  • zest of one lime
  • granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter and cachaca. 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 20 - 25 minutes. Now add the lime and lemon zest. Stir vigorously.
  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 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 sugar 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
Cachaca is a rum made from sugar cane. If you would like a stronger lime flavor just zest another lime You may also substitute the sugar topping and use the lime zest instead.

 

Peppermint Brigadeiro
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Serves: 20
 
Do you need something gooey, sweet and crunchy for a holiday party? Look no more -- this is perfect.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup crushed red and white mint candies or candy canes
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter and peppermint extract. 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 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  4. Put the crushed candies or candy canes 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 crushed candies or candy canes 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
Extract is very strong -- don't use too much.

 

Eggnog Brigadeiro
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Serves: 20
 
These will be the hit of your holiday party! They are divine!
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons light rum
  • shredded white chocolate
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter, nutmeg and rum. 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 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  4. Put the shredded white chocolate 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 shredded white chocolate and roll it around to coat all sides.
  7. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or s
Notes
Variation: You may add a little more nutmeg but be careful because it can be overpowering.

 

 

Gingerbread Brigadeiro
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Serves: 20
 
Easy gingerbread flavored treat. Perfect for a holiday party or gathering.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • crushed gingersnaps
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter, molasses, cinnamon and ginger. 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 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  4. Put the crushed gingersnaps 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 crushed gingersnaps 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
Variation: Roll in crushed toasted pecans.

Peanut Butter Brigadeiro
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Serves: 20
 
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.