Brigadeiros

Brigadeiros are apparently the treat of choice in Brazil. No birthday party, wedding, or special event is complete without a selection of brigadeiros. My favorite kind are actually the coconut infused Beijinho de Cocos. 

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Brigadeiro
(Brazilian Fudge Balls)

From Olivia's Cuisine

1 (14oz) can sweet condensed milk
4 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
2 Tbsp butter, plus more for rolling balls
A pinch of salt
Chocolate sprinkles

1. In a small sauce pan mix the sweet condensed milk, the cocoa powder, the salt and the butter.

2.  Bring the sauce pan to the stove and heat it over medium-low heat. Cook it, mixing constantly (this is important, otherwise it will burn!) until it thickens. A way to know is to run your wooden spoon (or spatula) in the middle of the mixture. If it takes a while for the mixture to move, then your brigadeiro is ready!

3.  Reserve, letting it cool to room temperature.

4.  In a plate or bowl, spread your sprinkles. Once the brigadeiro is cool, grease your hands with butter and roll the brigadeiros into little balls.(Half a tablespoon or 1 ½ inch balls)

5. Roll the brigadeiro balls into the sprinkles and place them in paper/foil candy cups.

 

Beijinho de Coco

Little Coconut Kisses

From All Recipes

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for pan
1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
sweetened flaked coconut for decorating

1. Bring milk and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the milk has reduced to half and thickened, about 20 minutes.

2. Remove from heat, stir in the 1/4 cup coconut, and allow to cool a bit before pouring into a buttered bowl. Chill in the refrigerator until cold, about 2 hours.

3. With buttered or oiled hands, form milk mixture into 1/2 to 1 tablespoon-sized balls, and roll in coconut flakes. 

 

Or if you prefer it from the source, Luiz prefers the Tasty Demais version for learning to make these babies from scratch:

Brigadeiro recipe

This video from Tasty Demais is by far the quickest way to learn how to make this tasty treat. 

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