Brigadeiro: Brazil’s Delightfully Sweet and Simple Dessert

Hello, my fellow dessert enthusiasts! Today, I bring to you an all-time favorite dessert from the heart of Brazil: Brigadeiro. This mouthwatering treat is a staple at Brazilian birthday parties and celebrations, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll understand why. It’s chocolatey, rich, and oh-so-satisfying, yet surprisingly simple to make. So, let’s dive into the world of Brigadeiro, and I’ll show you how to whip up a batch of these delicious little sweets in no time.

A Brief History of Brigadeiro

The Brigadeiro has a fascinating history dating back to the 1940s. It was named after Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, a Brazilian Air Force brigadier and political candidate. Legend has it that his supporters would make these delightful chocolate balls to fundraise for his campaign. Although he didn’t win the election, the dessert named after him remains a national treasure in Brazil.

The Irresistible Brigadeiro Recipe


  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Chocolate sprinkles or shredded coconut (for rolling)
  • Mini paper cups (optional)


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, mix the sweetened condensed milk, unsalted butter, cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Be patient, as this process can take around 10-15 minutes. You’ll know the Brigadeiro mixture is ready when it thickens and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan as you stir.
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Pro tip: you can speed up the cooling process by transferring the mixture to a greased plate.
  4. Once the mixture has cooled, grease your hands with a little butter or oil. Scoop out a teaspoonful of the Brigadeiro mixture and roll it into a smooth ball between your palms. Repeat this process until all of the mixture has been shaped into balls.
  5. Roll each Brigadeiro ball in chocolate sprinkles or shredded coconut until fully coated. You can get creative here and use different coatings, such as chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, or cocoa powder.
  6. Place each Brigadeiro in a mini paper cup for that authentic Brazilian touch. Alternatively, you can arrange them on a serving plate.
  7. Serve your Brigadeiros immediately, or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Pro tip: Brigadeiros taste even better when slightly chilled!

And there you have it, a simple yet scrumptious Brazilian dessert that’s sure to impress your friends and family. Whether you’re hosting a party, satisfying a late-night chocolate craving, or introducing your taste buds to new flavors, Brigadeiro is the perfect treat. So, what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try, and let the chocolatey goodness of Brazil’s favorite dessert transport you to a world of pure indulgence. Bom apetite!

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