Brigadeiros: Brazil’s Traditional Chocolate Sweet


Ever read a recipe and get really excited about it? Well that’s how I felt when I  saw the brigadeiro recipe in Food 52’s article “Cookies from around the World”. I was amped to take on the challenge of making this traditional Brazilian dessert. First, who doesn’t think “Woo Hoo” chocolate? Second, global dishes, that is kind of my thing. Third, making treats as gifts is something the family loves to do.

What tells the people in your life that you love them or that you are thinking of them more than slaving away over a hot stove or oven. It requires more thought and effort than buying anything in a store. It also let’s my mini me know, that many times the best gifts can not be bought.


Now, I have a few international cookies up my sleeve (thanks Christine and Anita) but I am always interested in new ones. And with so many cookies to choose from, I decided to try the brigadeiros because it was different than what I would typically make during the holiday season.

It’s described as a traditional chocolate sweet from Brazil. But there’s an interesting story that goes along with this treat. It’s named after Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, who made the dessert to raise money for his political campaign. Awww, how cute. Even if you don’t like politics, you’ll like the chocolate and caramel taste of this treat. It’s simple, yet decadent.

*P.S. I did not adhere to the exact recipe. I have children and no time to spend 30 minutes over the stove stirring anything. So, I took a couple of short cuts. Click the link above for the original recipe.


Makes 25 – 30

  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter -extra butter to grease hands and cutting board.
  • holiday sprinkles, coconut or nuts.
  • Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and mix
  • Once all ingredients are combined, stir mixture over medium heat.
  • Stir mixture constantly.
  • Once smooth decrease heat to low.
  • Spoon mixture onto cutting board or into a bowl and cover.
  • Place in fridge to cool.
  • Mold chocolate mixture into teaspoon sized balls.
  • Cover with nuts, sprinkles or coconut.
Finished Brigadeiros
Finished Brigadeiros

There you have it. Brazilian bite sized chocolate treats. That are exactly hard to stop eating. You’ve been warned.


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