Think of these handheld Brazilian sweets as chocolate truffles by way of the beach. They are a cinch to make and can be rolled in anything from chocolate sprinkles to shredded coconut to cocoa powder. 

Photo: © Ian Knauer
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for hands

  • One (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • Pinch Kosher salt

  • 3 ounces chocolate sprinkles


  1. In a medium heavy pot over medium low heat, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter, then stir in the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and salt.

  2. Cook the mixture, stirring, until very smooth and slightly thickened, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the brigadeiro mixture to a bowl and chill until set, about 30 minutes.

  3. With buttered hands, roll 20 tablespoon-size balls. Roll the balls in the chocolate sprinkles. Chill until ready to serve.

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