Classic Chocolate Brigadeiro

Here it is! The insanely popular Classic Chocolate Brigadeiro Recipe. Brigadeiro is served at most events in Brazil…children’s parties, cocktail parties, elegant weddings. How can one dessert fit in at any event? It all starts here with the three ingredients to make the Classic Chocolate Brigadeiro.

Classic Chocolate Brigadeiro
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 20
Popular Brazilian candy similar to chocolate truffles.
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • If desired for decoration, 1 package chocolate sprinkles
  1. Add sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa in a medium non-stick pan.
  2. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon on low heat.
  3. Continue stirring and heating until the brigadeiro mix thickens and becomes more difficult to stir.
  4. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly.
  5. 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.
  6. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  7. Transfer the brigadeiro batter to a greased plate and spread.
  8. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  9. If desired, pour the chocolate sprinkles into a separate small dish or plate.
  10. When the brigadeiro batter is cool, it is ready to be shaped into small round balls.
  11. To shape the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  12. Drop the ball into the dish of sprinkles and roll it around to coat all sides.
  13. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving.
  14. Brigadeiros will keep in an airtight container for 3-5 days.