Brigadeiros {Guest Post}

I have another special treat for you! Karla from Foodologie is sharing a traditional Brazilizn treat! We all know how much I love to explore food through different cultures, and Karla and I share the same passion!

You can find her tasty treats on Facebook and Twitter!

Hi Little Ferraro Kitchen Readers!  I’m Karla from Foodologie.
While Samantha is out being awesome and graduating, I’m here to say hi and tell you about a tasty Brazilian treat that will rock your socks.


Now, I should probably start by saying I’m not Brazilian.  I’m American of Guatemalan parents who love to travel.  I was luckily enough to have parents who took me everywhere they went.  Our first major trip was to Brazil.  I was 14 years old, and it was awesome.  My love of travel and foreign things grew from there.
That first trip to Brazil really stuck with me.  In college, I took Portuguese, studied abroad in Portugal (not directly relevant, but language, you see) and made sure any paper I ever wrote had Brazil as a case study.   Later, I started getting really into baking and cooking.  That fascination with different cultures began to translate to food.
On my blog, you’ll see a lot of recipes from a variety of different origins: from my own Guatemalan family, such as Pepian, Rellenitos and Black Beans to Pasta alla Puttanesca from the time I spent 6 months in Italy to Pão de Mel (Brazilian Honey Cake) that I learned from my Portuguese teacher.

So let’s keep up my Brazilian fascination with these goodies.




  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Sprinkles, dried coconut, chopped nuts, etc. (for rolling)


  1. Place sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder in a saucepan. Turn on flame to medium/low, stir to combine. Keep stirring for about 15 minutes total. The mixture become thick. Transfer mixture to a bowl and allow to cool.
  2. Grease your hands and form into walnut sized balls. Roll in sprinkles, coconut, nuts or any other topping of your choosing. I'm a fan of coconut taste-wise, but sprinkles are cute.
  3. Makes about 18 brigadeiros. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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I think they’re extra delicious with a big cup of coffee, because I’ll be honest, these are intensely sweet.  But they’re so easy and fun.