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brigadeiro macarons with sprinkles.

Brigadeiro Macarons

These Brigadeiro Macarons have a chocolate macaron shell, and a fudgy brigadeiro filling. This filling is shelf stable for at least a couple of days and compliant with cottage food laws from most states.

Course Dessert
Cuisine brazilian, French
Keyword brigadeiros, macarons
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 22 macarons
Calories 80 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Chocolate Macaron Shells

Brigadeiros

  • 1 14 oz. can condensed milk 396 grams
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate 42 grams (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 14 grams

Instructions

  1. Start by making a batch of chocolate macaron shells. You can find the recipe on my blog or on my YouTube channel, showing you exactly how to make the chocolate macaron shells. I also piped mini shells, because they are super cute and I always love making them.

Brigadeiro

  1. Place the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, and butter in a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom. The heavy bottom is important because it prevents the brigadeiro from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan.

  2. Over medium heat, cook the mixture, constantly stirring. The chocolate will start to melt, and the mixture will start to get fudgy and thick. Don't stop stirring at any point, or the brigadeiro will stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.

  3. Cook until the brigadeiro is thick, falling into chunks off the spatula, and when you run the spatula through the middle, you can see the bottom of the pan.

  4. It should take about 10 to 15 minutes to cook a single batch, if you double the batch it can take a bit longer to cook. Time cooking will depend on how high the heat is.

  5. You will know that the brigadeiro is ready to go when you tilt the pan over and all of the brigadeiro comes out from the bottom of the pan easily.
  6. Remove brigadeiro to a heat proof bowl. Let it cool down. You want to pipe the brigadeiro when it’s a room temperature.

  7. If you put it in the fridge, it will get too hard to pipe, so I don’t recommend doing that. The brigadeiro can stay fine at room temperature for a day or so.

  8. Please notice that if the filling is hard to pipe, it’s probably because you over cooked the brigadeiro. It’s best to make a fresh batch, but don’t toss this one out, you can roll it into brigadeiro truffles, they are absolutely delicious. Brigadeiro also freezes wonderful so you can store it in the freezer for a couple of months if you don’t want to use it right now.

To assemble

  1. Once the brigadeiro is at room temperature, put it in a piping bag fitted with the tip of choice, I used a tip 1M, and also a round tip to pipe the filling on the macarons from the pictures above.

  2. Pipe on the bottom macaron shells. Top with another macaron.

  3. I rolled the sides of some of the filled macarons in sprinkles. Others, I have dipped half of the filled macarons in melted chocolate, and then dipped it in sprinkles, used my hands to pat the sprinkles down so they would stick well. And for my third decoration technique, I just drizzled chocolate on top of the shells and topped with sprinkles while the chocolate was still wet.

Storage

  1. Keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days, and in the freezer for up to 1 month. Make sure to package macarons really well in an air tight container to place it in the fridge

Recipe Notes

Chocolate Macaron Shells: click here for the chocolate macaron shell recipe.

Chocolate: for the chocolate used in the brigadeiros, you can use chopped chocolate, chocolate chips, or even cocoa powder (same amount, 1/4 cup). If you use dark chocolate, it will help offset the sweetness. I prefer milk or semi-sweet chocolate for my brigadeiros, but dark chocolate tends to be very popular as well.

Troubleshooting the brigadeiro: Please notice that if the filling is hard to pipe, it’s probably because you over cooked the brigadeiro. It’s best to make a fresh batch, but don’t toss this one out, you can roll it into brigadeiro truffles, they are absolutely delicious. Brigadeiro also freezes wonderful so you can store it in the freezer for a couple of months if you don’t want to use it right now.

Nutrition Facts
Brigadeiro Macarons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaron)
Calories 80
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.