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Brigadeiro Recipe (with Vegan Version)

If you don’t know what a brigadeiro is yet, you might be missing out.

There is no exact translation, our Brazilian brigadeiros are unique.

They are bite-sized chocolate sweets, quite like bon-bons, truffles and fudge balls.


  • 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk*

  • 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons of butter*, plus more for rolling the balls

  • Chocolate sprinkles

  • Pinch of salt

Where is the coffee? Brigadeiro doesn't have coffee in its recipe. However, it is the perfect sweet bite with a strong cup of coffee.


  1. In a small saucepan mix the sweetened condensed milk, the cocoa powder, the salt and the butter.

  2. Heat it over medium-low heat preferably using a stove, but microwave also works (use a suitable container).

  3. Cook it, mixing constantly (this is important, otherwise it will burn!) until it thickens, it should have a ganache.

  4. Reserve, letting it cool to room temperature.

  5. Once the brigadeiro is cool, grease your hands with butter and roll the brigadeiros into little balls and roll them into the sprinkles.

*We think dairy free condensed milk and butter do not work very well with this recipe, so we recommend this vegan version:

Vegan / Dairy Free Quick Version

In Brazil, we also have a brigadeiro version that is softer, and we eat using a spoon, very scrumptious. This makes a great vegan/dairy free option!

Only two ingredients and no baking: just mix cocoa powder with sweetened coconut condensed milk until you have a silk texture.

That's it, creamy and delicious ready to eat!

Too sweet for you?

Try these Coffee Energy Bites.

Tip: You can top each spoonful with different sprinkles, nuts or even desiccated coconut.

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