One of the simplest and most delicious treats you can make, these little Brazilian chocolate truffles bring back many memories for me. You only need four ingredients to make these incredibly versatile sweets – you can roll them in so many different toppings and create different combinations. Today’s recipe is for coconut brigadeiros, my favorite ones. The traditional ones are rolled in chocolate sprinkles, but you can obviously finish them with whatever you like! If you have never tried them before, you are missing out! And hey, Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so why don’t you treat your better half (or yourself!) to some Brazilian goodness this year?
Preparation Time: 5 min | Cooking Time: 10 min | Cooling Time: 60-90 min | Serves: 15-20 brigadeiros
What you’ll need:
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (about 400g)
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 20g unsalted butter
- Desiccated coconut (see notes for more information)
- Add the condensed milk, cocoa powder and the butter to a thick saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and stir the mixture until the cocoa powder has dissolved.
- Keep stirring in medium-low heat until the condensed milk has thickened (about 5-10 minutes, depending on your saucepan and stove). You will know the mixture is ready when it starts to detach from the bottom of the sauce pan: it will resemble a thick paste. While it thickens, it’s important that you do not stop stirring or you might burn it.
- Now transfer the paste to a plate and spread to let it cool down (preferably at room temperature so it doesn’t get too hard).
- Once it’s cool enough, grease your hands with some butter and roll the paste into little balls.
- Then roll the balls on dessicated coconut to cover them with it. You can roll them in your hands again so the coconut sticks better and they keep a more round shape.
- Refrigerate for about an hour so they get a little harder.
- You can replace the coconut with whatever you want. A few suggestions: cashew nuts, almonds, chocolate sprinkles or white chocolate sprinkles, dried strawberries, or even just cocoa powder!