Hello friends! Today we are making these super easy treats called Brigadeiros! They are super popular in Brazil, and absolutely delicious and addicting! You can make infinite different brigadeiro flavors. Today we are making Key Lime Brigadeiros.
What are brigadeiros, anyway?
Brigadeiros are these fudge truffle balls of goodness, made with condensed milk, butter, plus any flavoring you’d like to add.
In Brazil, brigadeiros are actually a staple at any birthday party. And I am not exaggerating when I say ANY birthday party. It’s simply not a birthday party without brigadeiros. And it’s really not limited to birthday parties. We are talking about weddings, showers, or any and all types of celebrations.
The most popular flavors in Brazil are chocolate and coconut.
The reason why I chose to make Key Lime brigadeiros this time, is because I have been creating all sorts of key lime desserts in the past couple weeks. I have made and photographed 4 key lime desserts, and this is one of them. Right now I am editing all the photos, and writing the recipes so I can post them here. (Key Lime Pie Macarons, Key Lime Pie Cake)
The recipe for the Key Lime brigadeiros had to be the first one, because I actually used this recipe in two of my next key lime recipes that I am going to post soon. Think: cake filled with key lime brigadeiros, and macarons filled with key lime brigadeiros. Just think about it!
How to make Brigadeiros?
Brigadeiros are super easy to make. I mean, ridiculously easy! In 20 minutes you can have some ready for you to be eating with a spoon. And that’s what my sister and I used to do growing up. Our favorite Friday night activity was to make a batch of brigadeiros and eat with a spoon while watching Harry Potter. Now that’s the life, my friends!
Let’s get to it. See for yourself how easy it is to make brigadeiros. And also don’t forget to watch the video on this page, showing you exactly how to make them!
- Place condensed milk in a small saucepan.
- Add butter (rule of thumb one tablespoon of butter per can of condensed milk).
- Add flavoring, in our case today, we are adding lime zest.
- Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stir without stopping for about 10 minutes.
- When the fudge is very thick, and the bottom of the pan is visible, you’re probably done cooking the fudge.
- Remove to a bowl and let it cool down all the way.
Tips on how to make brigadeiros
- Don’t ever stop stirring while the mixture is cooking. Stir the whole time, so the brigadeiro won’t burn.
- Cook at a medium or medium-low temperature, this will help with the texture, and with not letting the brigadeiro burn.
- The lower the temperature, the longer you will have to cook to achieve the perfect consistency.
- The longer you cook, the firmer the brigadeiro will be once it cools down.
- Have in mind that if you are making fudge balls and rolling them, you want to cook the brigadeiro a bit longer. If you are making the brigadeiro to fill a cake or something, you can cook it for a little bit less time.
- Butter your hands lightly to help you roll the brigadeiros. You may have to re-butter your hands during the process of rolling, in case they start to get too sticky.
I have other brigadeiro recipes here on the blog. If you love brigadeiros, make sure to check these recipes out:
- Brigadeiro Macarons
- Key Lime Pie Macarons
- Key Lime Pie Cake
- Brigadeiro Cupcakes
- Toffee Macarons (the toffee filling is made just like a caramel brigadeiro)
- Macadamia Coconut Cupcakes (these cupcakes are topped with a coconut brigadeiro, which we call Beijinho in Brazil – translation little kiss)
- Almond Cupcakes (topped with an almond brigadeiro)
- Chocolate Strawberry Cake (with white brigadeiro filling)
- Chocolate Flan (the method is not the same as in making these fudge truffles, but in Brazil we call this Brigadeirão – translation the big brigadeiro)
If you are looking for an easy treat for birthday parties, any celebrations, you can’t go wrong with brigadeiros.
They will keep in the fridge for an incredibly long time, about 2 weeks. And even longer in the freezer, I’d say about 2 months, if well packaged.
This is the container I use to store any of my macarons and brigadeiros whenever I freeze them.
So, what do you think about brigadeiros? Have I convinced you to make them yet? I even have a vegan and paleo recipe for them: Vegan Brigadeiros.
My sister that I was telling you about in the beginning of the post is actually lactose intolerant now, so she can’t have much of regular brigadeiros, which is why I learned to make a vegan version. Also, for her birthday this year, I made her a cake topped with these vegan brigadeiros version: Vegan German Chocolate Cake. (ps. you really don’t have to be vegan to love these vegan recipes! I promise!)
If you love lime/lemon desserts, stay tuned for the upcoming key lime desserts, and also, make sure to check some of my tangy recipes here:
- Strawberry Lemonade Macarons
- Lime Thumbprint Cookies
- White Chocolate Lime Cupcakes
- Lemon Macarons
- Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
- Strawberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
- Lemon Coconut Layer Cake
I hope you enjoy today’s recipe as much as I enjoyed writing it, and making the video, and taking the pictures! I really love what I do and I have the most fun ever writing these posts, and connecting with you all! Thank you so much for all the love and support!
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Key Lime Brigadeiros (Fudge Truffles)
- 2-14 oz can of condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1-2 tablespoons key lime zest
- Place all ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Keep stirring, non-stop, for 10-15 minutes while the mixture simmers. Don’t let the heat be too high, or it will burn the fudge. Also, don’t stop stirring, or that will also burn the fudge.
- The fudge will be ready when it’s very thick and you can see the bottom of the pan easily as you stir with your spatula.
- Tilt the pan over, and if the fudge comes off the bottom all at once, you can probably remove from the heat.
- Place it in a heat proof bowl, let it cool down all the way.
- Butter your hands very lightly.
- Use a spoon to grab some fudge and roll it between your buttered hands.
- Roll the fudge ball in sprinkles, or sparkling sugar mixed with lime zest.
- Place it in mini paper cups.
- Brigadeiros will store nicely in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and in the freezer for a couple of months.