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.

 

Hazelnut -Nutella Brigadeiros
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If you like Nutella, you will love these!
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • Tin of Chocolate Hazlenut Pirouline
Instructions
  1. In a medium pan, mix the milk, butter and nutella 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. Open the tin of Chocolate Hazlenut Pirouline. Take out about five at a time and grind them. Lay the mixture out on a flat platter.
  5. To shape the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands. Transfer the ball to the platter of ground chocolate hazlenut piroulines and roll it around to coat all sides. 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: Chop 20 whole hazelnuts (preferably skinned). If you have to remove the skin, which is bitter and unpleasant, roast them at 350 for about 15 minutes to make the skins brittle, then rub them in a towel to wipe the skins off. You can also buy pre-skinned hazelnuts, but you’d still have to roast them to get the best flavor. Roasting at low oven temperatures (about 5 minutes at 250° F), spread out on a cookie sheet, will give them a more intense "hazel" taste. Keep an eye on them -- do not let them burn!! Roll the brigadeiros in the chopped hazlenuts.

 

Coffee Brigadeiros
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If you like coffee and chocolate together these are for you!
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant powdered coffee
  • package of chocolate sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a medium pan, mix the milk, butter, cocoa and coffee 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. Transfer the ball to the dish of sprinkles and roll it around to coat all sides.
  6. 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
You can also make this without the chocolate. If you are making this for children, I recommend using decaffeinated coffee.

 

Kool-Aid Flavored Brigadeiros
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These are fun! Cherry flavored Kool-Aid and red sugar for Valentines Day and Christmas. Green Kool-Aid and green sugar for St. Patricks Day and Christmas. Use different flavored Kool-Aids and sugars for themed birthday parties.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • envelope of Kool-Aid flavor of your choice
  • colored sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk and butter on low heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. After five minutes slowly add the Kool-Aid stirring constantly.
  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 sugars 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. 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
Variations: Colored sprinkles

 

Strawberry Brigadeiros
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Jelly is a thinner, more evenly-textured spread than jam. Just make sure you process the preserves to get a very thin paste if you don’t want chunks of fruit in your brigadeiros. These are also called “Bicho de Pé.”
Ingredients
  • 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry jelly
  • pink colored sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk, butter and jelly. 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 sugar 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
Variation: Roll in white sugar,shredded white chocolate or sprinkles. If you would prefer more of a pink color use a few drops of pink gel food coloring (optional). Place balls in pretty pink paper liners.

 

Basic Brigadeiro with Coconut and Topped with a Clove
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Also called "Beijinhos" (small kisses). Be patient, these are a bit harder to roll because they tend to stick more. I find it easier to spread the coconut on a large flat platter and slowly roll the brigadeiro across the platter.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 tablespoons of sweetened dried shredded coconut
  • Extra coconut for topping
Instructions
  1. In a medium pan, mix the milk and butter on low heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Add the coconut after 15 minutes and mix constantly or it sticks to the bottom. Its okay if it is slightly brown.
  2. Continue 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 extra coconut onto a separate dish or a large platter.
  5. To shape the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  6. Roll in the reserved coconut. Traditionally, you also press a whole clove into the top of the beijinho.
  7. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. I usually save these in the fridge.
Notes
Don't eat the clove. It is just for decoration. Cover the coconut version with a prune slice. These are called “Olho de Sogra” (mother in law’s eyes)

 

Basic Brigadeiro
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The beauty of these is that you can roll them in just about anything! Chocolate sprinkles, colored sprinkles, shredded chocolate, crushed oreo cookies, crushed shortbread cookies….. You are only limited by your imagination.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • sprinkles
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.
  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. Roll in sprinkles 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.