How to Make Strawberry Brigadeiros

Updated on April 19, 2018
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Janisa loves eating and experimenting in the kitchen. She enjoys creating new recipes and homemade versions of popular store-bought foods.

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If you roll your strawberry brigadeiros into perfect circles, you could build a pyramid out of them!
If you roll your strawberry brigadeiros into perfect circles, you could build a pyramid out of them!

What Are Brigadeiros?

Brigadeiros are basically balls of sweetened condensed milk with additional ingredients added to give them different flavours. The traditional and most simple is the chocolate variation. My personal favorites are coconut brigadeiros as they aren't too sweet and have a gentle coconut taste. The possibilities when making brigadeiros truly are endless, as are the options for dipping them. The strawberries in this variation give the brigadeiros a bit of a sour taste and are balanced out by the white chocolate that adds some sweetness and a bit of a creamy taste.

Prep time: 5min

Cooking time: 20-30 min

Chilling time: 30-45 min

Ready in: 55min - 80 min

Makes: Around 20 strawberry brigadeiros

Required Ingredients

  • 1 cup of strawberries — chopped into small pieces. Both fresh and frozen strawberries work well for this recipe
  • 2 tbsp butter — add more if your dough is too liquidy. Margarine can be used instead of butter if desired.
  • 1 can (300g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate — break it into small pieces for easier melting

Preparation Method

  1. Place the strawberries into a medium frying pan and heat on low heat for a few minutes, constantly stirring.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and continuing stirring constantly.
  3. The mixture will boil and then thicken. You'll know you burned it if it turns golden and if parts of it stick to the frying pan when you stir. Alternatively, you can make the mixture golden on purpose by heating it for longer. Just don't stop stirring or it will burn and make your brigadeiros impossible to chew.
  4. Once the mixture has reached the desirable consistency - thick enough to be able to take parts of it and roll them into balls- remove from heat.
  5. Let chill for 30-45 minutes in the fridge in order to further thicken it.

Preparing the Dough

Stir constantly to prevent the condensed milk from getting burnt.
Stir constantly to prevent the condensed milk from getting burnt.

Possible Dipping Options

After rolling, brigadeiros are dipped into something that prevents them from being to sticky when touching and also makes them more appealing. The possibilities when choosing the dipping ingredients are endless, the only criteria being that it has to be something that comes in many pieces (or can be broken down to make many pieces) and that it goes well with the dessert.

Common Dipping Ingredients Include:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Cookie crumbs
  • Icing sugar
  • Shredded chocolate

You could also add your own option if you don't like any from the list.

Making the Brigadeiros

  1. Take the dough out of the fridge.
  2. Take small parts of the dough, around 1.5 tbsp in size and roll them into small balls.
  3. The dough may still be sticky, so a tip is to wash your hands with cold water prior to rolling the brigadeiros.
  4. After rolling the balls, roll them in your chosen dipping ingredient; I used shredded coconut
  5. Enjoy with tea or coffee!

Makes around 20 delicious strawberry brigadeiros.
Makes around 20 delicious strawberry brigadeiros.

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      • JanisaChatte profile imageAUTHOR


        8 months ago from Earth

        Peggy, when I was first introduced to brigadeiros, I was told that they're basically 'balls of condensed milk'. From what I know, the term 'brigadeiro', has something to do with Eduardo Gomes' presidencial campaign, since this dessert was invented at around that time. If you go to Brazil, you'll see brigadeiros everywhere (although you'll most likely only see the coconut and chocolate variety), from bakeries to street vendors

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        8 months ago from Earth

        Liz, good luck with the recipe! If you want something even more straightforward, trying making the classic version of brigadeiro :)

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 months ago from Houston, Texas

        I had never heard of a brigadeiro before so thanks for introducing me to this via your post. They certainly sound easy enough to make! Years ago I made some rum balls as a part of a cookie assortment gift. It sounds like brigadeiro might be just another word for ball?

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        Florensia Emily Plesca 

        9 months ago from Paris

        Interesting thank you for sharing it !

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        Liz Westwood 

        10 months ago from UK

        This is just my type of recipe. It's fairly straightforward and doesn't have a massive list of ingredients.


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