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Camaféu de Nozes (Walnut Cameos)

Walnut brigadeiro covered with melted "fondant" glaze and topped with a shelled walnut. A typical Brazilian treat inspired in carved cameo jewelry!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 20


  • For the Camaféu de Nozes Dough:
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 oz or 396 g
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup shelled walnuts ground
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter plus extra for greasing, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 20 shelled walnuts to decorate top of the candies
  • 1 Wilton gold color mist food spray, which is also available at local supermarkets (optional)
  • For the "Fondant" Glaze:
  • 17.5 ounces powdered sugar about 500 g
  • 1/4 cup whole milk plus extra when necessary
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Prepare the camaféu de nozes dough: In a medium saucepan, combine the condensed milk, egg yolks, ground walnuts, and butter. Cook over medium heat (large burner), stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened and bottom of the pan starts to show through when stirred (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour cooked mixture into a greased dish and let cool on a rack.
  • Lightly grease hands with butter. Using a tablespoon as measure for each candy, roll into balls...
  • then, pressing between two of your fingers, shape into slightly elongated, oval shaped treats...
  • and finish by pressing down to flatten the top.
  • Set aside on a lightly greased plate or surface.
  • If you'd like to give the walnuts a golden color effect, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, arrange 20 walnuts in one single layer and spray each one of them with the edible gold food spray (we found this at Walmart in the cake decorating/wedding supply section near the crafts). Let color set at room temperature.
  • To prepare the "fondant" glaze: Place the powdered sugar, milk, and lemon juice in a heat-resistant bowl. Whisk until obtaining a homogeneous mixture. Place bowl in a larger baking pan filled with boiling water (about 2 inches). Then, continue to whisk mixture until sugar has melted.
  • With the aid of a fork, dip each camaféu de nozes into the "fondant" glaze, letting the the excess drip off.
  • Place shelled walnut carefully on top while glaze has not yet set. Place treat(s) on a lightly greased surface or baking sheet (you may need to slide the glazed treat off onto the greased surface using the handle of a spoon or fork) and let glaze set. Note: You may need to stir in a few drops of milk whenever the fondant glaze starts to get too thick. But be careful not to add too much, or glaze will be too thin. If this happens, just whisk in a bit of powdered sugar. Please, keep glaze in the warm water bath at all times or it will harden. In addition, always clean the fork with a paper towel before dipping another walnut cameo/camaféu de nozes into the fondant glaze in order to prevent the fondant from becoming dirty with walnut cameo dough.
  • Once glaze has set, carefully trim off excess glaze with a knife and transfer each camaféu de nozes to a bonbon cup.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store camaféu de nozes (walnut cameos) in a clean, airtight container for up to 2 days.If desired, freeze unglazed camaféus de nozes for up to 3 months. For it, arrange layers of unglazed camaféus de nozes in a clean, airtight container separated by plastic wrap. Label and freeze them. Thaw them at room temperature and bath them in the "fondant" glaze.

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