Home > Desserts > Brigadeiros Brigadeiros April 26, 2019 | 28 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Ultra-chocolatey and fudgy Brigadeiros — a traditional Brazilian dessert made of sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles. This candy is simple to make and sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it! Brigadeiros are simple to make, but require a bit of planning since they do need some chilling time. They’re a great make-ahead treat, transport well, and make a beautiful addition to any party or holiday spread. My mom spent a few years of her childhood in Brazil and has returned to visit as an adult. She still speaks perfect Portuguese and has made us Brigadeiros and Limonada Brasileña (Brazilian limeade) ever since I can remember. Those were some of our two favorite treats growing up! We loved sitting over the stove stirring the Brigadeiro “dough” with her and then rolling the fudgy balls in chocolate sprinkles (stealing bites of the dough and handfuls of sprinkles, of course). So today I’m sharing my mom’s Brigadeiro recipe that came from her friends in Brazil. I’ve added a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness and enhance the flavors, but other than that, this is the recipe we’ve eaten and enjoyed for years. Brigadeiros history It’s said that Brigadeiros were named after a Brigadier General who was popular in Brazil at the time of World War II. The reason they were created is that chocolate was scarce during the war, but cocoa powder was readily available. What are Brigadeiros A Brigadeiro is a traditional Brazilian dessert. It’s made of sweetened condensed milk, butter, cocoa powder, and sprinkles covering the outside layer. Brigadeiros are a staple in Brazil and can be eaten with a spoon straight from the pot, which is why they are often called “brigadier de colder” (spoon Brigadeiro). Trust me, you’re going to be stealing spoonfuls too! QUICK TIP Have you ever made fudge using chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk? That’s the same concept for Brigadeiros, too, but they don’t get as thick and firm. Do Brigadeiros need to be refrigerated? Yes! Immediately after cooking Brigadeiros, they need to be chilled for at least 30 minutes. Once those initial 30 minutes are up, remove them from the fridge, roll them in balls, dip them in sprinkles, and then put them back in the fridge to harden a bit more for an additional 15-30 minutes. After that, they are ready to be served and eaten. I like to keep any leftovers in the fridge. They can keep in the fridge for up to 12 days. Can I freeze Brigadeiros? Yes! They freeze well for up to 3 months. To freeze leftovers, make sure you have already rolled them in the sprinkles, then place on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan. Freeze until solid and then carefully transfer to an airtight bag. Seal without air and freeze. Thaw in the fridge. How many calories are in a Brigadeiro? There are 112 calories per Brigadeiro, though if you make them larger or smaller, that would vary. This batch makes 12. More no-bake treats Rice Krispie Treats Scotcheroos Puppy Chow Edible Cookie Dough Oreo Balls FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Brigadeiros 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe Ultra-chocolatey and fudgy Brigadeiros are a traditional Brazilian dessert made of sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles. This candy is simple to make and sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Brigadeiros 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Ultra-chocolatey and fudgy Brigadeiros are a traditional Brazilian dessert made of sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles. This candy is simple to make and sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them! Course Dessert, Snack Cuisine American Keyword Brigadeiros Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Chilling Time 30 minutes Total Time 55 minutes Servings 12 brigadeiros Calories 137kcal Author Chelsea Ingredients3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (do not use low-fat or fat-free)1/3 cup regular cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)1/8 teaspoon saltChocolate sprinkles or additional cocoa powder, for decorating InstructionsSoften 1 tablespoon butter and rub it over a large plate. Set aside.In a nonstick 10-to-12-inch saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and add the sweetened condensed milk. Add the cocoa powder and salt and reduce the heat slightly. Stir nonstop for 8-13 minutes or until the mixture begins to pull away from the edge of the pot; it should be very thick. To check if it's done, run a wooden spoon through the center and watch to make sure it takes a few seconds to melt back into the center again. Transfer the mixture to the prepared plate and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.When the mixture is set, butter your hands to prevent sticking, and pull off a portion of the mixture (about 1/2 to 1 full tablespoon). Roll the mixture between your hands to get a perfectly round ball. Repeat with the remainder of the mixture to get about 12 balls. Pour sprinkles (or cocoa powder) on a flat plate and roll the fudge balls into the sprinkles (or cocoa powder) to coat.Best enjoyed the same day! Nutrition FactsCalories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 1mg DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.