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Brigadeiro -- Brazilian chocolate fudge balls

Brigadeiro (or Brigadeiros) is a chocolate fudge made with condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder. Our brigadeiro recipe is love at first bite! It comes with a video and step by step photos. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian
Keyword brigadeiro, brigadeiro recipe
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 28
Calories 52 kcal


  • 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


  1. Whisk the condensed milk and cocoa powder together until homogeneous (no lumps). Then, stir in the butter.

  2. Stove: Cook in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium heat (large burner), stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to peel away/show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 5-8 minutes). 

  3. 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 (when it cools down, mixture will be thicker). 

  4. While it is cooking, do not leave the microwave unattended because mixture will rise and possibly bubble over, making 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

  5. When brigadeiro is ready, remove either from the stove top or microwave, mix in the vanilla extract and spread mixture onto a greased plate.

  6. Let cool to room temp before starting to roll them into balls with greased hands. Use a 1/2 ( or 1 ) tbsp as measurement. 

  7. Then, dredge gently in the chocolate sprinkles until totally covered, and place into paper bonbon cups.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Brigadeiro -- Brazilian chocolate fudge balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 52 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.