Brigadeiro (Brazilian Truffles)

Chocolate, Desserts

Brigadeiro (Brazilian Truffles) //

The other day as I was perusing my morning email, I noticed all of these offerings for Father’s Day. Tool kit this, ugly tie that…and lots and lots of golf stuff. Whose dad likes this stuff?! No, my dad doesn’t want an ugly golf tie. He doesn’t even wear ties. No, he doesn’t want a grilling brush…because, well, it’s a grilling brush! I’m sorry but there’s nothing thoughtful and interesting about a brush that’s used to scratch the gross meat-bits off a grill. I think Father’s Day needs a revamp.

While all of these companies try and throw very gender-stereotypical gifts our way, I’d like to share what my dad would really like for Father’s Day.

My dad wants to have lunch with me and hear me talk because even though he’s always told me I talk too much, we don’t see each other enough, and me talking too much is exactly what he now wants. He wants to watch a game of soccer with people who are just as excited about it as he is a.k.a my brother, his father and his brothers.

He wants to run Amelia in the park and teach her new tricks because he loves her almost more than I do. My love for dogs comes from him. And to cap the day off, he’d want dessert. No one loves dessert more than my papa. His first choice would be ice cream. Second would be something chocolate-oriented. Actually, he’s a big fan of putting chocolate things on top of his vanilla ice cream. So this recipe would be the thing that goes on top.

Brigadeiro //

Most of my dad’s Colombian family now lives in Brazil and has for more than thirty years. So, now most of my family now considers themselves Brazilian. This recipe isn’t a recipe I necessarily learned from them, but it is one that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.

It’s the kind of dessert you’ll most likely see on a buffet table at someone’s house. The preparation is super simple. The ingredients are somewhat minimal and it doesn’t take very long to do. Since I like to put twists on classics, I rolled mine in a variety of things like crushed pretzels, potato chips and finely chopped pistachios and walnuts. The traditional move are the chocolate sprinkles, which I recommend, too.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures out there. I’m so grateful I was raised by a good one.

(P.S. for the full recipe, jump on over to PBS Food!)

Brigadeiro //

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  • Reply Clarissa June 17, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I have to say that crushed pretzels and potato chips are a wild twist… Not my cup of tea, but what matters is that the people who made it enjoys. Hahaha
    Here in Brasil it is pretty common to have brigadeiro, but I would like to suggest other dessert/sweet. It’s called “beijinho de coco” that in a easy translation is “little kisses of coconut” It’s the same process of brigadeiro only instead os cocoa powder you add grated coconut. So good! You should definitely try. 😉

  • Reply Samina | The Cupcake Confession June 15, 2014 at 2:58 am

    HOW CUTE ARE THESE!!!! Agree with the gender stereotypical gifts that are advertised!!!! Too weird! 😀 But these truffles!!!!! *droooooooling* I especially LUUURRVEEEEE the one coated in potato chips, well, ’cause it’s chocolate and potato chips!!! BEST.COMBO.EVER! 😀

  • Reply Julia June 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I am a Brazilian living in Chile so I always love when you post Latin recipes! I love brigadeiro and like people have said above, in Brazil we make use it sometimes as cake filing and it is amazing! You can also use the same recipe minus the cocoa and add some shredded coconut to make some beijinhos

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food June 14, 2014 at 3:41 am

    My dad would want the same day to celebrate Father’s Day. Of course he wears ties and has no sense of style so he likes thoses too!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    These are so fun, love the coatings!

  • Reply Allyn June 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve made brigadeiro before, but rolling in crushed pretzels and potato chips? BRILLIANT.

  • Reply Carla Duclos June 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Very nice to see the Brazilian brigadeiros here. I am Brazilian and I disagree with the comments above saying that the traditional version goes with Nescau. My mother for example never made it with Nescau, it’s too sweet. It’s common to use chocolate powder that is more sweet then cocoa powder, but not as sweet as Nescau.
    And yes, we also eat it with a spoon and use in a more soft textures to cover or fill cakes. Super delicious. 🙂

  • Reply Shari Kelley June 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Your dad and mine have similar tastes – mine would prefer ice cream and chocolate as well. Your post really made me smile. It is so true, that those things (ties and golf stuff) are not what dad’s want, most dads anyway. I am thinking along the lines of making my dad a dessert, too. These look delicious, and I love the different toppings you used to sprinkle on them.

  • Reply Olivia - Primavera Kitchen June 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

    So glad you shared our Brazilian traditional recipe. We love brigadeiro and it can also be consumed unrolled, with a spoon or used as a topping or filling for cakes, brownies and other pastries. In Brazil, they use a sweetened cocoa powder called Nescau, but I use the unsweetened cocoa powder than you since I live now in Canada and I can’t find Nescau here. They are very delicious 😉

  • Reply Ana June 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I love brigadeiros! The recipe you shared is actually pretty traditional (except we use a sweetened cocoa powder called Nescau), but I prefer these non-traditional version, they’re a little more sophisticated and you should check them out Also what makes a huge difference is getting really good sprinkles–we always ask for them whenever a family member goes to europe!

  • Reply Hari Chandana June 13, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Looks super pretty and tempting!

  • Reply Becky June 13, 2014 at 12:42 am

    yummmm. I’m allergic to pistachios (I know, tragic) but all of those look amazing! Definitely going to have to give them a try!

    xx Becky