Brazilian Chocolate Brigadeiros Recipe

Traditional Brazilian Chocolate Brigadeiros Recipe, the no-bake bite-size sweets with only 4 ingredients. Call them truffles, fudge balls or just brigadeiros, they are sure to make you fall in love with them.

Overhead shoot of 12 chocolate brigadeiros covered with sprinkles

I’m happy to be talking apart in yet another awesome challenge set by the amazing Lin, the blogger behind Lin’s Recipes. I took part in a few challenges in past and loved every single one of them.

You get the chance to make something yummy that you wouldn’t probably otherwise make; plus you get to see what other talented bloggers cook too. Isn’t that great?

I’m delighted to have picked Brazilian Brigadeiros, they are such a delicacy, it’s safe to say they didn’t last long, have a bite, and you end up eating all of them.

Self-control is right out the window when it comes to brigadeiros. I have made before Coconut Truffles, they are also made with condensed milk; another great treat, but really wanted to try the classic Brazilian goodies everybody’s talking about.

A glass bowl with brigadeiros and flowers in the background

What are brigadeiros?

Brigadeiros are a traditional Brazilian dessert made with condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter, then shaped into small balls and covered with sprinkles. You can decorated them with anything you like though, from desiccated coconut, to cocoa powder or grated chocolate.

How to make chocolate brigadeiros

Unlike the coconut balls, these brigadeiros are cooked, but that doesn’t mean they are not easy to make. It just takes a big longer though, plus you need to leave them to cool down before shaping into balls.

What we need:

  • condensed milk
  • butter
  • cocoa powder
  • sprinkles

Add the condensed milk, butter and sifted cocoa powder in a pan set over a low heat. Mix well with a spatula to get a smooth paste, and continue to stir until it thickens, that might take up to 15 minutes or so.

You know the paste is cooked well when this coats the back of the spatula. Remove it from the heat, and leave to cool completely. You can then shape it into balls, then coat with sprinkles or desiccated coconut.

Yes, they are not quite the healthiest treat, but a treat is a treat, it’s not quite meant to be healthy all the time, right? They make an excellent choice for any party.  Or, why not, just enjoy them all by yourself, you do deserve a treat from time to time. I could not have enough of them, exactly what I needed for my sweet tooth.

Close-up shoot of a bowl with brigadeiros

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Close-up shoot of a bowl with brigadeiros
Brazilian Chocolate Brigadeiros Recipe
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
16 mins

Traditional Brazilian Chocolate Brigadeiros Recipe, the no-bake bite-size sweets with only 4 ingredients. Call them truffles, fudge balls or just brigadeiros, they are sure to make you fall in love with them.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: bite-sized treats
Servings: 10 balls
Calories: 145 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 1 can condensed milk (400 g, 13 oz)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 20 g butter
  • sprinkles to decorate
  1. Combine the condensed milk, cocoa powder (sifted) and butter and add them to a non-stick pan.

    A glass bowl with brigadeiros and flowers in the background
  2. Set the pan over a low heat and keep stirring with a silicone spatula until it thickens into a smooth cream, this could take between 10 and 15 minutes.

  3. Butter a large plate and transfer the cream to cool at room temperature.

  4. Once it is cool and firm enough to handle, shape out balls, then coat them with desiccated coconut and sprinkles.

  5. Chill in the fridge for a few hours before you serve.

Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Brazilian Chocolate Brigadeiros Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Potassium 172mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 22g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 3.1%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 11.5%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  • Reply
    Andrea Broom
    January 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Love these. I lived in Rio when I was younger for a couple years and was addicted to these.

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      January 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Andrea! They are indeed hard to resist, l love them too.

  • Reply
    January 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    They look so divine☺☺☺ Really appreciate your enthusiasm and the energy with which you participate in these challenges…This is a great contribution! Looks amazing!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      January 15, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you, Lina! It’s always a pleasure to take part in your challenges! ?

  • Reply
    January 21, 2017 at 6:30 am

    This is so cute. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    January 26, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Oh these sound and look delicious! Cute is the perfect word for them–I love the different toppings. The coconut sounds perfect for flavour, but the pink nonpareils are adorable. 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      January 26, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Thank you very much for your kind comment, l am glad you like them ?

  • Reply
    Freda @ Aromatic essence
    January 27, 2017 at 5:29 am

    They look gorgeous!

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