This brigadeiro recipe was shared with us by three sisters (ages 8 and 6) who live in Brazil. Their mom says, “Our girls love being missionary kids and living in Brazil because they get to speak two languages and really love their school! Another favorite thing about living in Brazil is getting to see all of the neat birds here!” She goes on to say (and we bet this is another reason the girls love living in Brazil), “Brigadeiros are a part of any good birthday party. They’re often used to decorate the cake table.” Sounds like a fun, delicious way to make a party even better!
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
- Sprinkles or chopped nuts
Here’s how you make it:
- Combine all the ingredients (but not the sprinkles) in a saucepan and cook on low heat.
- Stir constantly for 10-15 minutes, so that it doesn’t burn!
- When the mixture begins to boil, pay careful attention to the consistency — you want it to start firming up a bit.
- Once the mixture is firm (you can test this by using your spoon to scrape through the mix and seeing if the cut holds its shape), it should be ready.
- Turn off the heat and pour the mixture onto a butter plate. Then let it cool for a while.
- Once it’s cool enough to touch, butter your hands and form bite-size balls from the mix. Then roll it in the sprinkles or chopped nuts and eat them!