Spring Strawberry Brigadeiros

Brigadeiros are simple Brazilian chocolate bonbons. These are mixed up a bit and made ready for spring with spring sprinkles and a strawberry flavor.Spring strawberry fudge brigadeiros

Are you familiar with brigadeiros? For once, this is a word I can actually pronounce.ย And, I can even pronounce it quite well.

But, before I take all the credit, I should probably say that my mom lived in Brazil for several years – as a child and adult.

Soooooo. Please still think I’m cool. Even though I know I wouldn’t be able to say the word had my mom not lived in Brazil, or made these for us as kids, or called them by their name and helped us say them correctly.

Strawberry Fudge Brigadeiros - perfect treat for Spring! Easy prep, few ingredients

But here’s the thing.

These aren’t very traditional brigadeiros. Brigadeiros are chocolate and fudgy. They are coated in rich milk chocolate sprinkles. And they are delicious.

These are not chocolatey. But they are fudgy. They are coated in sprinkles – Spring ones! And they are SO DELICIOUS!

This recipe is very similar to traditional brigaderos and prepared in the same way. So I kept the name, but not so much the chocolate. But I think you’ll still really love them.

Strawberry Fudge Brigadeiros - perfect treat for Spring! Easy prep, few ingredients

Brigadeiros are so simple to make and require few ingredients.

That said, they can get a mess in a hurry if you don’t follow the directions. The mixture is extremely sticky and thick and messy. But easily tamed (<–weird word choice for food) with a few tips.

So first off, make sure you leave the mixture on the stovetop long enough. It takes about 10-12 minutes before the “dough” is done. Basically two ingredients (sweetened condensed milk and strawberry Nesquik powder) get combined in a saucepan. These two ingredients will become very thick and dough-like. When the dough starts to pull away from the edges of the saucepan, stir it for a few more minutes and then remove it.

Some salt, a little bit of butter, and a tad of vanilla get stirred in. And then the mixture needs to cool.

I recommend pressing the dough in between two sheets of parchment paper and then placing it in the fridge. The “dough” needs to be chilled for at least one hour and preferably longer. I usually make the dough the night before and roll these in the morning.

Strawberry Fudge Brigadeiros - perfect treat for Spring! Easy prep, few ingredients

Once the “dough” is sufficiently chilled, you will want to grease your hands. Butter or margarine will do the trick, but I find it the easiest to just spray my hands with nonstick spray.

Then either cut off sections or pulled them apart with your hands (the dough is like a thick taffy) and then start rolling. Balls will form quickly and easily.

Once a ball is formed, roll it in the sprinkles until completely coated.

And then they are ready to be eaten! So easy and so good.

Strawberry Fudge Brigadeiros - perfect treat for Spring! Easy prep, few ingredients

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Spring Strawberry Brigadeiros
Serves: 15
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (full fat)
  • 1/4 cup Nesquik strawberry powder, dry
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles of choice (I used a spring mixture)
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the sweetened condensed milk and Nesquik strawberry powder. Stir to combine.
  2. Stir the mixture constantly and when it boils, reduce the heat to medium low and continue to stir.
  3. The mixture will become thick and dough-like, continue to stir for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. The total process should take about 10-13 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the butter, salt, and vanilla. Stir until completely combined.
  6. Spoon the dough onto a large sheet of parchment paper. Place another sheet of parchment paper and top and smash the mixture in between the two papers.
  7. Place in a large airtight container in the fridge for at least 1 hour and preferably 6-8 hours.
  8. Once the dough has been sufficiently chilled, remove from the fridge and remove the top sheet of parchment paper.
  9. Grease your hands with either butter, margarine, or cooking spray. Grab off large pieces of the mixture and roll in your hands.
  10. Once a ball has formed, roll the ball into sprinkles of your choice.
  11. Place the truffles into miniature muffin liners to serve.
I like these chilled, so I place in the fridge prior to serving and back in the fridge if there are leftovers


    • chelseamessyapron says

      That’s how traditional brigadeiros are supposed to be :) Thanks so much Taylor and thanks for the pin!

  1. says

    They say you learn something new every day. I had no idea what a brigadeiros were. Thanks for enlightening me. :)
    Love the strawberry essence. Can’t wait til there here fresh and local.
    Have a beautiful Wednesday!

  2. says

    That is so cool that your mom lived in Brazil! And I love that you adapted a fun Brazilian recipe for springtime! I’m sure the chocolate brigadeiros are good, but this strawberry version looks so fun and festive. I’m trying to imagine how wonderful they taste. :)

  3. says

    Haha, well I can’t say it, let alone try to spell it, so all I’ll say is WOW! These are so cute and the thought of pink taffy rolled into balls with sprinkles sounds amazing! I bet I would eat the whole batch, popping one after another into my mouth. Pinned!

  4. says

    How awesome that your mom lived in Brazil and made these for you growing up – totally cool! One of my friends made chocolate orange ones for us back in college and they were fantastic but I know I would love these even more since I can’t get enough of strawberries and the sprinkles are so pretty :)

  5. says

    This is such an interesting recipe!! And really only two ingredients?! That’s crazy! The texture looks amazing and they sound so delicious. Plus I love how you turned them into a great Easter treat! So cute!

  6. says

    OMG, these are just SO CUTE!! I`ve never had brigadeiros, but I know I would love them. Even though these do not have the chocolate in them, I love strawberry flavored desserts~

  7. says

    What a fun recipe and so pretty too. My kids love anything round, chewy, sweet, and sprinkled so this would definitely make them happy. Pinned. Would love to share this on my weekly roundup.

  8. Felicia says

    My Tia ( who was born and raised in Brazil) used to make Brigadeiros when she lived here in the U.S. She had given me her recipe but I miss placed it. My Tai now living in back in Brazil is hard to get a hold of, that is why I have been searching the web for a good Brigadeiro recipe. I must say she never made chocolate or any other flavored Brigadeiros, I remember making them with her, she simply used sweetened condensed milk and butter, after chilling the heated mixture in the freezer over night, we would roll and cover the candies with chocolate sprinkles. I am not sure why she didn’t use cocoa in the mixture but i’m ok with that. My family and friends all loved the simple little candies. I would love to try your version of the recipe thank you for sharing it!

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