Brigadeiro (Brazilian Fudge Balls)

It’s time for Eat the World and we’re headed to Brazil!

So many great recipes come out of Brazil, but I was immediately drawn to Brigadeiro.  Brigadeiro was delightful little fudge balls that often show up at celebrations, especially birthday parties! These are similar to, but distinctly different from truffles and bonbons.

The upside is that they are super simple - with only 4 ingredients!  They do require a bit of attention to make (a lot of stirring and knowing just when they are thick enough), but they are well worth the effort.

Both of my kids went nuts over these and Spud has already requested them for his birthday next summer!

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Brigadeiro (Brazilian Fudge Balls)

Recipe form Olivia’s Cuisine

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted

1 tablespoons butter

Pinch of salt

Colorful sprinkles (jimmies)

Place the butter, sweetened condensed milk, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat.  Slowly sift the cocoa powder into the mixture, stirring to combine after each addition.

Cook, stirring constantly until very thick, about 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Scoop into 1-tablespoon balls and roll through sprinkles.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes about 24 Brigadeiro

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  1. I have everything I need to make these, except the colorful sprinkles. Soon!

  2. I love that you used birthday sprinkles on these!!!

  3. Like minds, love the colorful sprinkles that you used !


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