Yields about 1 dozen depending on size.


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Butter for greasing

Place the condensed milk and sifted cocoa powder in a medium-sized pot and heat to medium. Stir the mixture frequently with a wooden or heatproof spoon to avoid burnt spots on the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook and stir for approximately 30 minutes or until the mixture has thickened. When the spoon is dragged along the bottom of the pot it should leave a clean trail.

Pour the mixture out onto a greased plate and allow to cool completely. With lightly buttered hands, roll about a tablespoon or less of the cooled mixture into a bite-size ball and drop into chocolate sprinkles or cocoa powder to coat. Dust off any excess and serve.

Caution: The brigadeiro mixture is essentially a caramel so be very careful when handling.