Traditional Brazilian Brigadeiros + variations

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Traditional Brazilian Brigadeiros + variations

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Traditional brigadeiros:
1 can condensed milk
3 tbs – 1 oz chocolate powder unsweetened
1 teaspoon Butter
Chocolate sprinkles
Homemade condensed milk:
½ cup hot water
1 cup powdered milk
½ cup Sugar you can add more or less to taste, or use an artificial sweetner for a light variation
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 teaspon vanilla extract optional
Vegan variation:
Use soy powered milk instead of cow milk and vegan margarine instead of butter.
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  • Traditional brigadeiros:

  • Homemade condensed milk:

  • Vegan variation:



How to Make Traditional Brigadeiros:

  1. Put the condensed milk, cocoa powder (sifted if you want) and butter in a small pot.
  2. Cook it over a slow heat, constantly mixing with a wooden spoon or spatula, until it almost sticks to the bottom of the pot. This is important: when you tilt the pot a little bit, you’ll notice that the brigadeiro “slides”, without sticking to the bottom.
  3. Turn the heat off and pour it over a platter lightly greased with butter.
  4. Let it cool.
  5. Then, grease your hands with butter and mold the brigadeiro in little balls, taking small portions of the chocolate mix with a small spoon.
  6. Cover it with chocolate sprinkles and then put it in little paper molds or on a platter lined with wax paper.

How to Make Homemade Condensed Milk:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender (put the hot water first, carefully) and blend it for at least 2 minutes, being careful not to burn yourself.
  2. You can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you want.
  3. Store it in a container with a lid and leave it in the fridge until it thickens a little bit.
  4. It can be used to prepare all recipes that call for condensed milk, including “pudim” (a type of flan).

How to Make Soy Condensed Milk (Vegan Variation):

  1. Follow the same instructions as above, but use soy milk instead of cow’s milk, and use a vegan margarine instead of butter.


  1. If you want coconut brigadeiros, which we call beijinho, use dried coconut flakes instead of chocolate/cocoa powder. Instead of covering the little balls in chocolate sprinkles, use coconut flakes (dried).
  2. If you want cashew bigadeiros (cajuzinho), use peanut or cashew powder instead of chocolate. Use it also to cover the little balls (you can also mold the candy as little “cajus”, a typical Brazilian fruit).
  3. There are many other variations using the same base, for example, surpresa de uva (grape surprise), or a strawberry variation; use strawberry Nesquik instead of chocolate and red granulated sugar instead of traditional sugar.

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