Pumpkin Brigadeiros (Brigadeiro de Abóbora)

Pumpkin brigadeiros are pumpkin fudge balls made from sweetened condensed milk and pumpkin puree that are shaped like mini-pumpkins.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian
Keyword brigadeiros, pumpkin, pumpkin fudge
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 brigadeiros
Calories 72 kcal


  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softned
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Granulated sugar for rolling
  • cloves to decorate
  • Green and black cake icing to decorate


  1. Grease a dinner dish with unsalted butter and set aside. Place about 1 cup of granulated sugar on another plate and set aside.
  2. Mix the condensed milk, pumpkin puree, butter, and apple pie spice in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

  3. Cook, stirring constantly in order to avoid burning, until thickened enough that the bottom of the pan shows through briefly when the mixture is stirred, and runs to the sides of the pan slowly.

  4. This should usually take approximately 10-12 minutes (large burner) or 15-20 minutes (small burner).

  5. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla, and pour mixture into the greased dish. Let cool. The brigadeiro dough can be refrigerated for about 20 minutes before rolling into balls if desired.

  6. Then grease hands well with butter and shape the brigadeiros into balls, using a tablespoon as measure. 

  7. Roll pumpkin brigadeiros in sugar, flatten a bit both the top and botton of the brigadeiros and shape the sides with a toothpick, making vertical marks.

  8. Place them into bonbon cups, and top with a clove. Use both colors of icing to decorate them as pumpkins.

Recipe Notes

Tip: To shape the brigadeiros as tiny pumpkins, slightly flattened each brigadeiro and then make vertical marks all around the exterior with a toothpick.








Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Brigadeiros (Brigadeiro de Abóbora)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 72 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1500IU30%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.