How to Make Brigadeiros

What are Brigadeiros?

This sweet Brazilian treat is popular at parties. You most likely will see brigadeiros at Brazilian birthdays, baby showers, or Christmas parties. Growing up, I had always asked my aunt to make them for me, but in recent years I have gained this desire to learn more about my Brazilian heritage. This may be because I have had a child of my own. After all, I am getting older, which means my extended family members are also getting older. So I am excited to share this simple yet very dear recipe with you. I hope you enjoy my childhood favorite and can make it for you and your loved ones.


Servings (20-30) 


4 tbsp of unsalted butter (a little extra to grease the pan)

Two cans of sweetened condensed milk 

1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder 

Chocolate sprinkles 

Step one

Melt four tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. 

Step two

Place in the condensed milk and cocoa powder and consistently mix for about 15 minutes or until the mixture is thick enough to spread apart when you glide a spatula on the bottom of the pan.  

Step three 

Turn off the heat, place the mixture into a medium-sized greased glass baking dish, and put it in the fridge for at least one hour. Suppose you are making it the night before; cover it and leave it in the refrigerator overnight, but it is best enjoyed if made the day of. 

Step four 

Grease clean hands with oil or butter, take a spoonful of the mixture between your hands, and form a small ball (a little smaller than a ping pong ball).  

Step five

Roll the ball onto a plate of sprinkles until the brigadeiro is fully covered with chocolate. Place the brigadeiro in the individual mini foil or paper cupcake liner. Repeat steps four-five.

pink sprinkles on white round sweets
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Let me know if you tried this recipe and if you liked it. Did it workout for you? Do you have any questions? Feel free to let me know.

with love, Amanda