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Recipe: How to Make Brigadeiro

Posted by Katie Straw on Jul 11, 2014

Recipe: How to Make Brigadeiro

In honor of Brazil being the host country of the almost finished World Cup, we figured we’d try our hand at one of the country’s traditional desserts.

Touted as the national truffle of Brazil, Brigadeiro is pretty simple chocolate treat that’s often served as a dessert at parties. And since many of us are having parties for the final match, we thought we’d have a go trying to make them.

Brigadeiro Chocolate Truffles


  • 2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup chocolate sprinkles
  • 1/3 cup white sprinkles


  1. Grease a shallow pan or platter with butter.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, heat the condensed milk, cocoa, and butter until boiling, stirring constantly. After it boils, reduce heat to medium low. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, continuing to stir constantly, until the mixture is shiny and starts to pull away from the sides and bottom of the pan when tilted.
  3. Pour the mixture into the greased pan or platter and allow it to cool completely in the fridge.
  4. Place topping ingredients in small bowls. Use a teaspoon or melon baller to scoop out the chocolate mixture and use greased hands to mold 1-to 1 1/2 –inch balls. Roll each ball into a topping and then place the truffle into a mini paper baking cup.

Recipe adapted from this site.

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