December is here... Yay! Along with it comes many scrumptious Christmas recipes, such as these Brigadeiro Cookies or Chocolate Fudge Sandwich Cookies (Biscoito Brigadeiro). These are a real hit in my household. Shhhhhh! Come closer and please, don't tell anyone our secret: these are effortless to prepare, yet people think we slaved away in the kitchen to make them. Hehe! Love Oreos? How about some with a customized filling? 😉
Here you have them! Our brigadeiro cookies are no bake, 5-ingredient cookies made from store-bought Oreo-like cookies, filled with homemade brigadeiro dough and covered with chocolate sprinkles. The required ingredients? Oreo cookies or Oreo-like cookies (your choice), sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, unsalted butter, and chocolate sprinkles. Yes, that's it!
My children, husband and I went crazy for them... and so will you! Looking for something scrumptious yet quick and easy to prepare? These are for you! Looking for a great yet economical edible Christmas present to give away? These are it!
Love Oreos? So do I, as well as the rest of the world! But these are no ordinary Oreos. No, no, no! These are Oreos with a SUPERB filling that not even Nabisco will offer you. This is exactly what happens when we combine two beloved and popular treats: Oreos + Brigadeiros = THE BEST COOKIES EVER! A precise equation guaranteed to please even the pickiest palates.
The secular part of the Christmas holiday in Brazil is about Christmas trees, Santa Claus, presents, traditional savory dishes and treats made from chocolate such as torta holandesa, panettone, and rabanada (Portuguese French toast). Although there we don't have a tradition of giving away cookies around this time of the year, as we do here in America, you can bet we would be happy to receive them.
I will be making about 5-6 batches to give away to my children's teachers and their school staff... Who will be your lucky recipients? Shhhh! I promise I won't tell anyone!
Learn all about brigadeiro here.
You may also enjoy Cookies and Cream Dutch Tart.
Brigadeiro Cookies (Chocolate Fudge Sandwich Cookies)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14-ounce
- ¼ cup baking cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter plus extra to grease plate and hands softened
- 1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract optional
- 14 Oreo sandwich cookies ( I used Great Value Fudge-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies which don't have the brand name printed on top, yet taste similar to Oreos)
- Chocolate vermicelli or good quality chocolate sprinkles
- Prepare the filling: In a medium non-stick saucepan, whisk the condensed milk and cocoa powder together until obtaining a homogeneous mixture without cocoa lumps. Add the softened butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wood spoon, until the mixture starts to show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 5-8 minutes). The brigadeiro mixture should be thick enough to reveal the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract if desired. Spread brigadeiro mixture onto a greased plate and let cool to room temperature. For direction photos, click here.
- While brigadeiro mixture is cooling down, separate the two rounded halves of the sandwich cookies with a gentle twisting motion, taking not to damage or break them in the process. Gently slide a paring knife or other small sharp knife beneath the filling layer in order to lift it off from the cookie and remove it. It's OK if a bit of the filling remains. Reserve separated and denuded cookie rounds, placing them on a flat surface.
- Once brigadeiro mixture has cooled, grease your hands with softened unsalted butter and roll into balls. Use a 1 Tablespoon as measurement (If you prefer less filling, use a ½ tablespoon as measurement when rolling the brigadeiro filling. It will yield 28 sandwich cookies instead. I do prefer mine with lots of filling, though).
- Place each brigadeiro ball on top of a cookie round, cover this with another of the cookie rounds to form a sandwich, and press down on the top to flatten the brigadeiro filling a bit.
- Gently dredge each brigadeiro cookie sandwich in a bowl filled with chocolate sprinkles, rotating so that the brigadeiro filling that is exposed all around the sides gets covered with sprinkles. Enjoy!
- STORAGE: Brigadeiro cookies should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.
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