Brigadeiro Recipe

Brigadeiro is a delicious brazilian bonbon that is made with only three ingredients and tastes like an amazing, melt-in-your-mouth truffle.  The recipe for brigadeiro only calls for cocoa (or preferably Ovaltine), butter and sweetened condensed milk.  The balls can be rolled and covered in a variety of things including sprinkles, coconut, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, and powdered sugar.  Here is a video we made to show you how to make Brigadeiro:


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– 1/2 cup cocoa (or Chocolate Ovaltine… this is the most authentic Brazilian recipe)
– 1 TB butter
– 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
– sprinkles, coconut, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or powdered sugar


1. In a small / medium pan cook the cocoa / Ovaltine, condensed milk and butter over medium heat.

2. Stir continuously for approximately 10 minutes.

3. Remove the pan from the stove and let it cool so that you can touch it without burning yourself.

4.  Once the mixture has cooled, create small balls by rolling it in your hands.

5. Roll each ball in sprinkles, coconut, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or powdered sugar.

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14 Responses to “Brigadeiro Recipe”

  1. crushed peppermint… what an excellent idea! 🙂

    why do you prefer cocoa powder to melted baking chocolate?

  2. why condensed milk as opposed to evaporated milk or coconut milk?

  3. What is the difference between condensed milk and evaporated milk? Wonderful question Aaron!!! Evaporated milk is made by removing (through an evaporation process) 60% of the water normally found in milk. The color of evaporated milk is a bit darker than regular milk since some of the sugars caramelize when the milk is heated. Non-sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk are the same thing. However, this recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk. Sweetened condensed milk is made of around 40% sugar (whereas evaporated milk does not have any extra sugar added). So sweetened condensed milk is usually what is called for when you make candy or sweet treats, whereas evaporated milk is what is used more for soups. Coconut milk would give the chocolate truffles a completely different texture and taste, so they would not be brigadeiro, but I have never actually tried that… if you give it a try, let us know how it turns out!

  4. The best is Chocolate Malt Ovaltine because it gives the best flavor. If you use melted baking chocolate, the consistency will come out differently. If you look at other chocolate truffle recipes, you will see that generally cocoa powder is used for this kind of a delicacy.

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