8/9/16

Brazilian Brigadeiros: Olympics

Ok, well I had every intention of being healthy, I swear. But there are some freaking delicious bakes from around the world. So I opted for simple over healthy. 
Since Rio is the host city, I figured I'd start with some Brazilian bakes. I'm sure everyone and their mom is gonna make these, but I don't care. I wanted to make them as soon as I saw them. These little sweets are like ooey, gooey chocolate truffles. 

Traditionally made for children's birthday parties, brigadeiros are usually dipped in good quality chocolate sprinkles or nibs, but can also be found covered in coconut or slivered almonds. Really easy to make and delightfully simple, with only 3 ingredients! These would be awesome for an Olympic watching party (hint, hint). 


Total Time: 1 hour
Bake time: 7-10 minutes

Ingredients

1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles
1/2 cup coconut flakes
Preparation 
  1. Whisk the cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk until completely smooth.
  2. Place in a medium sauce pan (I recommend a wider pan than the one I used) and cook over low heat, stirring continuously. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides carefully, to avoid burning. Continuing stirring for 7-10 minutes, until the mixture has thickened enough that a slice from a spoon will take over 5 seconds to disappear. You'll want it to be thick, but not tacky or stiff. 
  3. Take off the heat, and mix in the vanilla (if using). Pour onto a plate that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil. 
  4. Let set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Spread softened butter over fingers and palms. With a spoon, scoop out tablespoons portions of the mixture, and shape into small balls between your palms. Roll in sprinkles or coconut flakes, as desired. Allow to chill for another 15 minutes.

And enjoy! These are freaking delicious! (They are really rich though, just a warning. A little goes a long way.)
Happy baking!

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