Hello friends! Let’s make this super easy Brigadeiro recipe today!
This post is sponsored by Magnolia Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk, all opinions are my own.
As the good Brazilian that I am, brigadeiros are my favorite treat in the whole world.
In Brazil, brigadeiros are a staple at every birthday party, wedding, or celebration. It’s basically not a party without them.
And if you have been on my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen several variations of this recipe that I have posted here.
However, I have never posted the most traditional and popular one! The original Brigadeiro recipe, made with chocolate!
So today I bring to you the traditional Brigadeiro Recipe, the most popular way this condensed milk fudge is served in Brazil.
Basically, this is a condensed milk based fudge, cooked on the stovetop with butter, and the addition of flavor. In this case, chocolate.
Growing up, we always made this with chocolate flavored milk powder such as Nesquick. However, gourmet Brigadeiro-makers in Brazil now use real chocolate to make this treat.
I have added the adjustment to make it with cocoa powder as well, which has served me for years. And if that’s all you have at home, go for it! It will be just as delicious!
And while you can roll these and make them pretty by dredging them in fun sprinkles, many times when we make this, we just eat it right out of the pan, with a spoon.
We leave the rolling into fancy truffles for parties and special occasions.
My sister and I would make a batch every Friday night and eat out of the pan with a spoon while watching Harry Potter. We would make the coconut flavor more often than the chocolate one, because that’s our favorite.
To make this Brigadeiro Recipe, simply place all ingredients (except for the sprinkles) in a small saucepan.
Cook the mixture for about 10 minutes, until thick, fudgy, and it’s coming off from the bottom of the pan. If you tilt the pan over, the whole mixture should come off, as if it was falling in one piece.
Run the spoon or spatula through the middle of the mixture, and it should take about 5 seconds to come back together.
Watch the video on top of this page to see what the texture is supposed to look like!
Cooking time will vary, it should take from 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how many batches you are cooking at once, and how low or high you have the heat going.
Remove the mixture from the heat and let it rest in the fridge until completely chill.
Then you can scoop small amounts of brigadeiro and roll between lightly buttered hands, and coat into sprinkles.
You can use sprinkles, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, crystal sugar get creative with the toppings!
Tips on how to make Brigadeiros
- Cook over medium heat. If the heat is too high, the mixture will stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Don’t ever stop stirring as the brigadeiro is cooking. Not even for a split second, or the brigadeiro will stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.
- If you want to use this to fill cakes and cupcakes, cook slightly less.
- To be able to roll into balls, the fudge needs to be very firm, make sure it’s thick enough before you stop cooking it.
- Lightly butter your hands in order to easily roll the brigadeiros.
- Coat into sprinkles, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, crystal sugar.
- These treats are perfect to make ahead. Keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 2 months, in an air tight container.
If you like this Brigadeiro Recipe, make sure to check my other flavors as well:
- Coconut (as known as beijinho, translation little kiss)
- Dulce de Leche (churros)
- White Chocolate Strawberry
- Key Lime
And I also use brigadeiro in these recipes:
How much prettier your party dessert table would be with these treats in it!
And seriously that texture! I mean, it speaks for itself!
If you make this recipe, please tag me on Instagram! I love seeing what you create, and I am so appreciative!
- 1-14 oz. can Magnolia Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips*
- 1 tbsp butter plus more for rolling
- 1/3 cup sprinkles
- Place the Magnolia Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk, chocolate chips, and 1 tbsp butter in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring non-stop. Cook the mixture for about 10 minutes, until it’s thick and you can see the bottom of the pan. If you run the spoon through the middle of the pan, it should take about 5 seconds for the mixture come back together. The longer you cook, the thicker it will be.
- Pour onto a small bowl. Place it in the fridge until completely cool.
- Use a spoon to scoop small amounts of brigadeiro, and roll into a ball between lightly buttered hands.
- Coat into sprinkles and place in a small paper cup.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
*You can use 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder instead of the chocolate chips.
*Coat the brigadeiros in sprinkles, or in crystal sugar, shredded coconut, chopped nuts.
*You can also pour the brigadeiro into small shooter cups and serve like that instead of rolling.