This brigadeiros recipe is quite easy to make and it will render you some fabulously fudgey and chewy morsels. They are great for any celebration. We used to make them for every birthday party when we were kids. They are also great for Easter, Christmas and Halloween.
Brigadeiros are South American little fudge balls that can be made with only four ingredients. They are fun to make and kids love to participate.
The beauty of these little fudge balls is that you can roll them in any kind of sprinkle you like to match your celebration. In this video, for example, I rolled them in chocolate sprinkles (which is pretty much authentic) and then in some Halloween ones. You can use colored ones for birthdays and Christmas one for Christmas. Whatever you like. As a child we used to also roll them in coconut flakes.
Although I did not add walnuts, you can certainly do so at the end of the recipe. Once it is all ready go ahead and add about 1/2 a cup of chopped walnuts. That will make them better even. Make sure to follow the instructions and mix until the chocolate forms a soft ball in the pot that does not spread. If you make these correctly the little balls will keep their shape once they cool down. If you don’t they will flatten.
Depending on the size you make these you will get anything between 16 to 22 brigadeiros. You will have to keep these in the fridge in a closed container for about 4 days.
This is what you are going to need to make this delectable brigadeiros recipe:
Makes 16 to 22
1 – 14 oz. (396 grams) can of sweetened condensed milk
4 TBS dark chocolate cocoa (unsweetened)
1 TBS unsalted butter + more for your hands
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Sprinkles of your choice or dried coconut flakes
Place all the ingredients in a heavy pan and mix well. Working on the lowest heat on your stove, mix vigorously until you have no cocoa lumps. Continue mixing, constantly, until the chocolate thicken and separated from the sides of the pot. This will take about 10 minutes. Once you can get all the mixture to stay in a soft ball in the middle of your pot, without expanding, your brigadeiros are done. If you are using walnuts add them now and mix them in well. Turn off the heat and let the chocolate cool down until you can touch it without getting burned (a few minutes).
While the chocolate is cooling down spread the sprinkles you will be using on to a large plate. Wash you hands and rub them with some unsalted butter. This will make sure the chocolate does not stick to your hands. Scoop out a little chocolate from the pot with a spoon and place it in your palm. Make a ball. You can make these as large or small as you like.
Roll the ball into the sprinkles and cover them completely. You can serve them in little paper cups or just as is. Keep these refrigerated in a sealed container for 4 to 5 days. These are a great gift from your kitchen.
1 Brigadeiro of 22 with chocolate sprinkles – CALORIES 81.20; FAT 3.03 grs (sat 2.00; mono 0.70; poly 0.08); PROTEIN 1.85 grs ; FIBER 0.18 grs; CARBS 12.29 grs; CHOLESTEROL 7.86 mg; IRON 0.54 mg; SODIUM 452.66 mg; CALCIUM 54.41 mg