Brigadeiros (singular Brigadeiro) are 5-Ingredient Brazilian chocolate fudge balls prepared either in the microwave or on the stove top. Our recipe comes with useful tips, a VIDEO, and step-by-step photos.
What would my childhood have been without these Brazilian “truffles”?
How to explain them to you? Well, I’ll try!
What are Brigadeiros?
Brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier/ plural: brigadeiros) is actually a chocolate fudge made with condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder.
It’s the most popular and beloved ‘candy’ (docinho) of Brazil.
From north to south, it is a national passion!
It came into being in the 1940s and gets its name from Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, who once ran to be president of Brazil.
It’s typically rolled into balls which are then covered in chocolate sprinkles or, alternatively, in granulated sugar.
However, it can also be enjoyed unrolled with a spoon (Brazilian moms-to-be are well aware of that fact!).
In addition, you can use it as a topping or filling for cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and pastries.
The truth is, no Brazilian kid’s party is complete without these fudge balls!
How do You Make Brigadeiros?
Whisk the condensed milk and cocoa powder together until homogeneous (without lumps).
Then, stir in the butter.
Stove: Cook in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium heat (large burner), stirring constantly…
… until the mixture thickens, about 5-8 minutes.
Microwave: Pour mixture into a deep microwaveable bowl.
If 900 watts, let cook on full power for about 6 minutes.
Make sure to remove and stir every 2 minutes, or until thick enough to be rolled.
Remember that when it cools down, the mixture will be thicker!
While it is cooking, do not leave the microwave unattended; otherwise it’ll make a mess.
Every time it rises, pause until mixture settles back down.
If 1100 watts, cook at 80% power. Double batches take more time to cook.
When chocolate fudge is ready, remove either from the stove top or microwave.
Then, mix in the vanilla extract and spread mixture onto a greased plate.
Let cool to room temperature before starting to roll them into balls with greased hands.
Use a 1/2 (or 1) Tablespoon as measurement.
Then, dredge gently in the sprinkles until totally covered, and place into paper bonbon cups.
What’s the Alternative for Brigadeiro if You don’t get the correct consistency?
If you don’t get the right consistency and the cooked mixture is too soft to roll into balls…
… well, the alternative is to serve brigadeiro or brigadeiros piped onto spoons.
Moreover, you can serve it in shot glasses/cups, to be eaten with small spoons, almost like a shot of pudding.
Which Other Treats Can You Make with Brigadeiros?
You can make brigadeiro cake (a double layer chocolate cake filled and topped with softened brigadeiro dough).
Useful Tips to Get Brigadeiro Right the Very First Time
- Use a wider, no stick pan — preferably with aluminum bottom. This will make brigadeiro cook faster saving you time. Take a look at the recipe video!
- Always cook brigadeiro over medium or medium-low heat, avoiding burnt bits.
- Whisk sweetened condensed milk with cocoa powder before start cooking brigadeiros. This will guarantee a mixture without lumps.
- If making brigadeiro at summertime, use only 1 tablespoon of butter; otherwise it’ll make harder to achieve the correct consistency. In the cold months though, you can use 2 tablespoons of butter and still roll brigadeiro into balls without problem. They will be tastier too!
- if making a double batch at once, use a large, wider pan rather than a pot; otherwise it will take much longer to achieve the correct consistency. You don’t want to wear out your arms, do you?
How do You Store Brigadeiros and For How Long?
Store brigadeiro in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They can be also stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 4-7 days, or frozen in ziploc bags for up to 30 days.
If frozen, make sure to bring them to room temperature before serving them.
So have a delightful weekend filled with brigadeiros!
Step-by-Step Recipe Video & Useful Tips for Success
WATCH VIDEO on how to make this simple recipe!
PIN & ENJOY
Brigadeiro or Brigadeiros -- Brazilian chocolate fudge balls
Brigadeiro(s) -- 5-Ingredient Brazilian chocolate fudge balls that are quick to prepare, either in the microwave or on the stovetop. It comes with a video and step by step photos.
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14-ounce
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1-2 tablespoon unsalted butter (softened) plus extra to grease plate and hands
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Chocolate vermicelli or good quality chocolate sprinkles
Whisk the condensed milk and cocoa powder together until homogeneous (without lumps of cocoa powder). Then, stir in the butter.
Stove: Cook in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium-low to medium heat (large burner), stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to peel away or show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 5-8 minutes).
Microwave: Pour mixture into a deep microwaveable bowl. If 900 watts, let cook on full power for about 6 minutes -- removing and stirring at least every 2 minutes, or until thick enough to be rolled (remember that when it cools down, mixture will be thicker).
When chocolate fudge is ready, remove either from the stove top or microwave, mix in the vanilla extract and spread mixture onto a greased plate.
Let cool to room temperature before starting to roll them into balls with greased hands. Use a 1/2 ( or 1 ) Tablespoon as measurement.
- Store brigadeiro/brigadeiros (Brazilian chocolate fudge balls) in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They can be also stored, covered well, in the refrigerator for up to 4-7 days, or frozen in ziploc bags for up to 30 days.
- ALTERNATIVE: If you don't get the right consistency and the cooked mixture is so soft that cannot be rolled into balls, the alternative is to serve brigadeiros piped on spoons or into shot glasses/cups to be eaten with small spoons almost like a shot of pudding-- like we do in Brazil.
- Love brigadeiro(s)? Try also our Brigadeiro Cookies and also our Triple Brigadeiro Tart.
By the way, these are perfect for Easter.
They are perfect for Christmas as well: