You’ve probably seen it coming… If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’m Brazilian. And if you know anything about Brazilian cuisine, you’ve probably tasted a Brigadeiro before and you know it’s Brazil’s favorite sweet! You were probably thinking: when is this Brazilian girl going to share recipes of what really matters? So here it is! Brigadeiros!
Now that you’ve (hopefully) stopped jumping up and down, let’s talk about this very serious – and yet so simple – dessert.
In Brazil every birthday party has some brigadeiros by the cake. And by the time everybody gathers around the cake to sing “Parabéns a você!” (Happy Birthday to you!) you can always see some empty paper cups because there’s always a few naughty ones that eat the brigadeiros before Happy Birthday time. (I must confess I’m one of them…)
Seriously, if you serve those little chocolate treats on your next party, you will be the most popular kid in town! Be sure you eat some before serving them to other people, because there won’t be any left at the end, I can guarantee!
- 1 (14oz) can sweet condensed milk
- 4 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
- 2 Tbsp butter, plus more for rolling balls
- A pinch of salt
- Good quality chocolate sprinkles (or any other type of sprinkles you like)
- In a small sauce pan mix the sweet condensed milk, the cocoa powder, the salt and the butter.
- Bring the sauce pan to the stove and heat it over medium-low heat.
- Cook it, mixing constantly (this is important, otherwise it will burn!) until it thickens. A way to know is to run your wooden spoon (or spatula) in the middle of the mixture. If it takes a while for the mixture to move, then your brigadeiro is ready!
- Reserve, letting it cool to room temperature.
- In a plate or bowl, spread your sprinkles.
- Once the brigadeiro is cool, grease your hands with butter and roll the brigadeiros into little balls.(In Brazil we usually use half a tablespoon as measurement, but you can make your balls as big or small as you'd like!)
- Roll the brigadeiro balls into the sprinkles and place them in paper/foil candy cups.