Brazilian chocolate truffles – brigadeiro

Roll up these traditional South American sweets and coat in traditional pistachio nut, almond and coconut crumble

  • Prep:40 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 149
  • fat 9g
  • saturates 5g
  • carbs 13g
  • sugars 12g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 4g
  • salt 0.1g


  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, plus a little extra
  • 400g tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g toasted chopped pistachios
  • 50g flaked almonds
  • 50g desiccated coconut


  1. In a medium heavy-based saucepan, heat the butter, condensed milk, a pinch of salt and the cocoa, to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook for 10-15 mins, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and shiny and starts to pull away from the bottom.

  2. Stir in the vanilla and vigorously mix again. Pour the mixture onto a buttered plate. Chill for at least 2 hrs.

  3. Butter your hands and pinch off some of the dough to make 2.5cm balls. Place your toppings into small bowls and roll the balls of one of the decorations. Place in mini paper baking cups or on a tray lined with non-stick baking paper.

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