Brigadeiros are a Brazilian dessert, very common at children’s birthday parties, bite size chocolate balls made with condensed milk, cocoa and a little bit of butter. Easy for little hands to manage and sweet enough to keep the little ones pleased for a while. I had them for the first time nearly 3 years ago when someone from Brazil brought them. What a delight! How can anything with condensed milk go wrong or be bad for you?

I’ve made these before and the first time I made it they turned out beautifully, except all that beauty couldn’t be shared because the phone I took the pictures with got lost 🙁 So I’ve tried again, and personally this wasn’t my best I feel but it’s nearly there on  how I’d like to be at least.

Recipe is simple, just 3 ingredients, nothing much to it. Melt butter add condensed milk then add cocoa and keep stirring until it thickens up. The trick is the whole thickening bit, which means don’t take your eyes of it and just keep stirring.

Melt butter
Add condensed milk and stir together to combine with the butter
Add sifted cocoa and stir to bring the mixture together
One mixed keep stirring – about 10-15mins
The mixture will thicken and it’s ready when you’ll pass the spoon through it will take a few seconds to come back together
Empty the mixture on to the wax paper and let it set
Once set, roll out bit sized balls and roll into topping of your choice
These are rolled in chopped almonds, and coconut. Most popular toppings though are chocolate sprinkles which I ran out of 🙂

1 can condensed milk
3tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp butter


  1. Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan and then add the condensed milk
  2. Once combined add the cocoa and keep stirring for 10-15mins until it thickens. Best to use a wooden spoon for this
  3. Place the mixture to cool on wax paper or a plate and let it cool for an hour and set
  4. Once set, make bite size balls and roll onto topping of your choice

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