Indulge in Sweet Perfection: Brigadeiro Recipe for Dessert!

Welcome to the sweet and flavorful world of Brigadeiros! Brace yourself, because once you taste one of these fudge balls, your senses will be overwhelmed by its rich chocolate flavor and smooth texture. I don’t say this lightly – it’s an authentic Brazilian dessert that has conquered hearts all around the globe, and for a very good reason.

Nowadays, Brigadeiro is no longer just a dessert, but also a famous gourmet item that pastry chefs are proud to offer in their shops worldwide. But here’s the thing: why spend lots of money on something that you could quickly make at home with just a few ingredients? Trust me; this recipe is incredibly easy and requires only three ingredients: cocoa powder, sweetened condensed milk, and unsalted butter.

When I lived in Brazil, I remember that Brigadeiros were present on almost every festive occasion imaginable – from weddings to birthday parties; there was always Brigadeiro making an appearance. However, today isn’t any special occasion required to make brigadeiros. You can savor these gems at any time of day or night, alone or accompanied by friends and family. And the best part? You can customize it with toppings like sprinkles, coconut flakes, or even pistachios.

So get ready to become a brigadeiro enthusiast because this recipe will change your life. Let’s get started on making the perfect Brazilian fudge balls – fast, easy, and tasteful!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe


If you’re a chocolate lover, then this Brazilian Brigadeiro recipe is truly an irresistible dessert that you won’t be able to resist. It is a traditional Brazilian fudge ball made of simple ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. Trust me; once you taste it, you won’t be able to stop!

The texture of the Brigadeiro is dense and compact with a melting mouthfeel that will have you drooling. The rich chocolate flavor is both satisfying and indulgent – think of it as a mini truffle in your mouth! The best part is that these fudge balls are incredibly easy to make, requiring only a few ingredients and little preparation time.

This recipe for Brigadeiros isn’t just delicious; it’s versatile too! There are endless opportunities to customize Brigadeiros to suit your liking. You can add in peanut butter, coconut flakes, or strawberries for a unique twist on this classic dessert. Not only can Brigadeiros be eaten on their own, but they also make an excellent topping for cakes, cupcakes or even spread over toast for a tasty breakfast.

Furthermore, Brigadeiros are ideal for any occasion, from birthday parties to Christmas gatherings or even as a late-night treat. With so many flavor options, they can cater to anyone’s preferences.

Lastly, they are an inexpensive yet gourmet dessert that looks fancy yet requires minimal effort. I promise you this irresistible sweet will be the one everyone will keep talking about long after the party has ended.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this classic Brazilian Brigadeiro recipe and indulge yourself in flavors that will transport you straight to Brazil without leaving your kitchen chair.

Ingredient List

 Dive into a pool of chocolate bliss with these decadent Brazilian treats!
Dive into a pool of chocolate bliss with these decadent Brazilian treats!

Here are the ingredients needed to make this brigadeiro recipe:

  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

You might also need:
– a medium-sized non-stick saucepan
– a wooden spoon
– a plate or container to cool the mixture
– mini cupcake liners or small molds

These are the minimum ingredients necessary to make an easy brigadeiro, the traditional Brazilian chocolate fudge balls. However, you can also add different flavors, such as coconut, strawberry, vanilla, pistachio, oreo, banana, peanut butter, passion fruit and even ube. You can also create gourmet variations by using coffee or English breakfast tea. For those who love cheesecake or creme brulee inspired desserts, there are brigadeiro recipes that incorporate these flavors. There’s no limit to what you can create!

The Recipe How-To

 These bite-sized delights are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings.
These bite-sized delights are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth cravings.

Let’s dive into the exciting part now, how to make Brigadeiro! This very traditional recipe from Brazil is not only delicious but also incredibly easy to prepare. With just a few simple ingredients and some love, you can have these chocolate fudge balls ready in no time.


  • 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder to the pan, stirring constantly.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and starts to come away from the sides of the pan when stirred with a wooden spoon. This usually takes around 10 minutes.

Tip: To test if your Brigadeiro is ready, drag your wooden spoon through it; if it left a clear line at the bottom that doesn’t close immediately, it’s done.

  1. Pour the Brigadeiro mixture onto a plate and let it set at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Grease your hands with butter or oil and scoop about 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into small balls.
  3. Roll each ball in chocolate sprinkles, shredded coconut, cocoa powder or any topping of your preference and place them into small cupcake liners.

Congratulations! You just made delicious Brazilian fudge balls that will wow your taste buds every single time.

Substitutions and Variations

 Calling all chocoholics! This recipe is for you.
Calling all chocoholics! This recipe is for you.

As much as we love the classic Brigadeiro recipe, it’s always fun to experiment with different variations and substitutions! Here are a few ideas to change up your Brigadeiros and make them even more delicious:

– Coconut Brigadeiros: Roll your Brigadeiro balls in shredded coconut instead of chocolate powder for a tropical twist on this tasty dessert.

– Strawberry Brigadeiros: Swap out the cocoa powder for freeze-dried strawberry powder to create a fruity and sweet flavor that will make your taste buds dance.

– Vanilla Brigadeiros: Add in some vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste to create a classic and creamy flavor.

– Pistachio Brigadeiros: Replace the cocoa powder with ground pistachios for a nutty and delicious treat.

– Beijinho Brigadeiros: This is another traditional Brazilian recipe that uses the same base as Brigadeiros but adds in coconut milk and grated coconut to create a unique and flavorful dessert.

If you’re looking for more variety, try mixing up your toppings! Sprinkles, nuts, or crushed cookies can add an extra crunch to your fudge balls. For a holiday twist, roll them in red and green sprinkles during Christmas time. You can also dip them in melted white chocolate for an extra chocolatey treat.

For those who prefer a healthier route, you can also substitute some of the ingredients for alternatives such as vegan sweetened condensed milk or coconut oil instead of unsalted butter. These variations offer a tasty alternative that befits your dietary preferences.

Whatever variation you choose, there’s no denying that the Brigadeiro recipe is a versatile dessert loved by all.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect balance of soft and chewy - you won't be able to stop at just one.
The perfect balance of soft and chewy – you won’t be able to stop at just one.

Brigadeiros are versatile and delicious treats that can be served on their own or paired with a variety of other foods and drinks. They are sweet and rich, making them the perfect addition to any dessert table.

Traditionally in Brazil, brigadeiros are served at parties and celebrations, such as weddings, birthdays, and graduation ceremonies. They can be served on a platter or in individual paper cups, making them easy to grab and go.

For a simple yet elegant presentation, try placing the brigadeiros in a decorative candy dish or arranging them on a cake stand. You can also sprinkle some cocoa powder over the top for added flavor and decoration.

Brigadeiros pair well with a wide range of desserts, such as cakes, pies, and ice cream. One popular combination is to serve them alongside a chocolate cake or cheesecake. The sweet, chocolatey flavor of the brigadeiros goes perfectly with the rich flavors of these desserts.

In terms of drinks, brigadeiros pair well with coffee and hot chocolate. The sweetness of the brigadeiros complements the bitterness of coffee, while the chocolatey flavor pairs well with hot chocolate.

Another creative way to serve brigadeiros is to use them as topping for cupcakes or milkshakes. You can even mix chopped brigadeiros into cookie dough for an extra special treat.

Overall, there are endless possibilities when it comes to serving and pairing brigadeiros. Whether you opt for a classic presentation or get creative with different combinations, these Brazilian fudge balls are sure to impress your guests and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready for a party in your mouth with these colorful Brigadeiros!
Get ready for a party in your mouth with these colorful Brigadeiros!

Making brigadeiros ahead of time is a great option if you want to save some time and have a tasty dessert ready for your guests. You can prepare this Brazilian fudge up to five days in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This way, you won’t be overwhelmed with preparing other dishes on the day of your event.

When making the recipe ahead of time, I recommend that you let the fudge balls cool down completely before placing them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Make sure to store them separately from foods with strong odors.

When reheating the brigadeiros, you can do it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds or on the stovetop over low heat using a double boiler method. However, beware not to overheat them, which can cause them to become too soft or even melt.

If you have any leftovers or need to transport your brigadeiros, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. To enjoy them again, simply let them come back down to room temperature before serving.

When it comes to freezing brigadeiros, I do not recommend doing so as this can alter their texture and taste. Brigadeiros need refrigerated but not frozen.

By following these simple steps, you can easily make and store these tasty fudge balls ahead of time, giving you more time to spend with your guests while still enjoying an unforgettable dessert!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These cute little treats make great gifts, if you can manage to share them.
These cute little treats make great gifts, if you can manage to share them.

Now that we have the recipe for brigadeiro, let me share with you some tips that will take your Brazilian fudge balls to the next level.

First and foremost, it’s essential to use quality ingredients. Sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder are the stars of this recipe. So, make sure you choose a sweetened condensed milk brand that you like as it will impact the final taste of your brigadeiros. Moreover, if possible, go for higher quality cocoa powder to enhance the chocolate flavor.

Another important factor is to cook the mixture for the right amount of time. Overcooking can lead to tough and dry fudge balls while undercooking can cause them to be soft and sticky. To avoid this, stir constantly on medium heat until your mixture thickens to a fudgy consistency.

When it comes to rolling out the fudge balls, butter your hands or use a mini ice cream scoop to prevent sticking. You can also lightly grease a plate with butter and place the ball on top, making it easier for you to shape it.

Brigadeiro coating is an excellent opportunity to unleash your creativity. Traditionally they are rolled in chocolate sprinkles, but you can use coconut flakes, chopped nuts or even matcha powder.

If you want your brigadeiros’ texture to be more consistent, refrigerate them for around 30 minutes before rolling them into balls. And don’t worry about refrigerating them after they are ready; they will keep at room temperature for a few days without losing much flavor or texture.

Finally, if you’re serving brigadeiros at a party, try displaying them in mini cupcake liners for added flair!

Now that you know these tips for perfect results, make some brigadeiros and impress your friends and family with this classic Brazilian treat!


As you prepare to make Brigadeiro, you may have some questions about the recipe. Here are the most frequently asked questions and answers that can help guide you through the process.

What is a brigadeiro made of?

The traditional recipe of brigadeiro once had eggs in the mix, but now it has evolved into a simpler version consisting of only three ingredients: condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. These ingredients are combined before being shaped into balls and coated with various toppings like sprinkles.

What is the difference between a truffle and a brigadeiro?

When it comes to comparing brigadeiros and truffles, there are some notable differences to consider. For one, the ingredients used differ in that brigadeiros are made with condensed milk, while truffles are made with chocolate ganache. Additionally, the size of brigadeiros tends to be smaller, and they have a distinctively gooey texture. Truffles, on the other hand, are typically made with cream and have a softer texture.

What is brigadeiro called in English?

The popular Brazilian dessert known as Brigadeiro is believed to have been named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, a handsome and unmarried military officer in the 1940s.

Does brigadeiro need to be refrigerated?

Proper storage of Brigadeiros entails chilling them after cooking for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the brigadeiro recipe is a classic Brazilian dessert that has won the hearts of countless people around the world. With its simple yet indulgent ingredients, easy-to-follow instructions, and customizable variations, it’s no wonder why it has become a favorite for so many. Whether you make it in its traditional chocolate flavor or try out some of the creative variations such as coffee, peanut butter, or even ube, it’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter, and get ready to indulge in this deliciously addictive treat. Make a batch for yourself or share them with friends and family. They’re perfect for any occasion and can be stored easily in the fridge for later enjoyment. And who knows – this Brazilian delicacy may just become your new go-to dessert!

Try out this amazing brigadeiro recipe today and taste the best of Brazil in your own home!


Brigadeiro Recipe

A traditional candy from Brazil that is typically served at parties. It tastes like chocolate-caramel and is very easy to make!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 40 candies
Calories 35.9 kcal


  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • chocolate sprinkles


  • Over medium-low heat, stir vigorously the three ingredients.
  • Cook the mixture until it thickens enough to show the pan bottom during stirring (it will be firm enough to stay together and not spread) Pour into a greased dish and let cool to room temperature (or chill a few minutes in the fridge) Grease your hands with butter and take small amounts of candy and form into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  • Roll the balls in chocolate jimmies to decorate.
  • If the balls don't hold their shape, cook an additional 5 minutes until it thickens up more.

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Serving: 10gCalories: 35.9kcalCarbohydrates: 5.6gProtein: 0.9gFat: 1.2gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 4.1mgSodium: 15.1mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 5.4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Brazilian, Candy, Dessert, Easy, For Large Groups, High In..., South American
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.