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4-Ingredient Patriotic Brigadeiros

Patriotic Brigadeiros are gluten-free fudge balls made from 4 staple ingredients cooked in 15 minutes. A fun treat on-the-go to celebrate your 4th of July!
Keywords:brigadeiros, fudge, patriotic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 brigadeiros
Calories135 kcal


  • 2 (14-oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter (one and a half tbsp)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • food coloring (Red and Blue)
  • red/white/blue sprinkles (optional)


  • Combine sweetened condensed milk with unsalted butter in a wide, no stick pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until obtaining a homogeneous mixture (without lumps).
  • Mixture is ready when it thickens and starts to peel away or show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 10-15 minutes, depending on how potent your stovetop is).
  • NOTE: The fudge mixture should be thick enough to reveal the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again.
  • When the fudge mixture is ready, remove from the stovetop and stir in the vanilla extract. Next, spread 1/3 of the mixture in the center of a large plate greased with unsalted butter.
  • Place another 1/3 of the mixture in a bowl and stir in about 15 drops of blue food coloring and 2 drops of red. Then, place the remaining 1/3 of the fudge mixture in another bowl and stir in about 15 drops of red food coloring and 2 of blue.
  • Transfer both the blue and red mixtures to the greased plate, spreading them around the white as shown in one of the pictures above. Let cool completely!
  • Using a tablespoon as measurement, scoop out one spoon of the white/red/blue mixture (starting from the center to the edge of the plate) and with greased hands, roll out into balls.
  • Place each bowl into a paper bonbon cup and if desired, place a few patriotic color star-sprinkles on top. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  1. Patriotic Brigadeiros may be stored in a clean airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. 
  2. These are an adaptation of the classic Brazilian Brigadeiros made with cocoa powder. Try this addictive recipe as well! 


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 146mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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