Brigadeiros are a common and classic Brazilian confection. They are texturally similar to a bonbon and are just as easy to make. Brigadeiros come in a wide variety of flavors, colors, and sizes. They can be found at holidays, celebrations, festivals, and make great hostess gifts. I enjoy making these for New Years or gifts. Once you learn the basic recipe, you will be hooked!
Full time 2 1/2-3 hours, includes 1-1 1/2 hour refrigeration set time
Makes approximately 24 bonbons
You will need:
14ozs sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp strawberry jelly
1 tbsp butter, diced
1-2 drops red food coloring (to look pink) OR 2 drops pink gel coloring
Let us begin:
In a medium pot with a heavy bottom, combine all ingredients.
Turn heat to low and gently stir continuously to prevent scorching and sticking.
Bring mixture to just below boiling and continue to cook until it thickens and begins to pull away from sides/bottom of pot.
Transfer mixture to a lightly buttered or greased bowl and set in refrigerator for 1-1 1/2 hours to fully set.
Once set, line a baking sheet with wax paper and pour sprinkles onto a rimmed plate.
Scoop out 1 tsp size balls and gently roll. The mixture is slightly sticky and the more you handle it, the stickier it gets. Try to do this quickly, if desired butter your palms.
Place balls into sprinkles and roll around to fully coat.
Place on baking sheet and continue to all mixture is rolled.
Place in refrigerator for a good 15-20 minutes before you plate or box.
Plate up or box up and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
These keep well for up to a week, cheers!