Cinnamon-Toasted Coconut Brigadeiros

by Kate on March 21, 2013

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Have you heard of or eaten brigadeiros? Until very recently I had no clue what they were. A local Brazilian restaurant near work had them on their menu and I was immediately intrigued. The owner explained to me that they are traditionally little chocolate bonbons rolled in various things. He also said they aren’t always chocolate, sometimes they make them with no chocolate and just add some spices or other flavorings.

I tried a few, maybe even before dinner and they were fantastic! Smooth, fudgy little bites of heaven that I would compare to a truffle but smaller. I knew I had to try to recreate them at home. These little candies are quick and easy to make which is always my favorite kind of candy to make. These are cinnamon brigadeiros and I rolled mine in toasted coconut but you can roll them in anything your little heart desires. How about chocolate sprinkles, chopped pecans, cocoa powder, or more cinnamon? The flavor combinations are endless.

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Want to try a chocolate version? Just omit the cinnamon and add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder. Ooo! Or keep the cinnamon and add the cocoa powder. I bet the chocolate and cinnamon would work so nicely together. *Note to self! This is a great recipe to play around and get creative with. What kind of brigadeiros will you make?

Enjoy!

~K

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Cinnamon-Toasted Coconut Brigadeiros

2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 20-24 candies

Cinnamon-Toasted Coconut Brigadeiros

Brazilian cinnamon truffles rolled in toasted coconut.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut, toasted

Instructions

  1. Combine the sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a medium, heavy-bottom pan. Place the pan over medium heat and stir until the butter dissolves.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring frequently, until the candy comes together in one piece in the bottom of the pan and a brown skin begins to form on the bottom of the pan, about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the candy into a bowl, leaving the brown skin in the pan. Do not scrape the pan. Cover the bowl and let it come to room temperature, then refrigerate it until mixture is completely chilled, at least 2 hours.
  4. When the candy is chilled and firm, use a teaspoon to form the candy into small balls. Roll them in the toppings, then roll them gently in your hands until the balls are round and the toppings are pressed into the candy.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve and up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from About.com

http://foodbabbles.com/2013/03/cinnamon-toasted-coconut-brigadeiros-recipe/

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse March 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

Yum!!! I love brigadeiros! I had them for the first time when i was working for a brazilian team in Ottawa! Soooo yummy. Rolling them in coconut or almonds sounds delicious, I may have to do that for my next batch

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Kate March 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Enjoy Lisa! They’re such a tasty little treat.

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kelly @ kellybakes March 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

Wowzers. These sound fantastic, Kate! I love sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon and coconut. I’m in lucky that these landed in my inbox today :) Now I can eat them and imagine that I’m somewhere warm and wonderful like Brazil!

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Kate March 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Ahh, I wish I were somewhere warm and wonderful like Brazil right now. Clearly, time for me to make another batch too.

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Sandy B March 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I had a Brazilian student a couple of years ago who would make these, but she rolled hers in candy sprinkles and I’m not a fan of sprinkles. (Something about the way they felt on my teeth! Weird!) Anyway ….. I loved the brigadeiros themselves and will really enjoy them in toasted coconut. Thanks.

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Kate March 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Hope you enjoy them if you make them Sandy!

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ChristineM March 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

wow, those look decadent! definite play on diff. versions like you said, my goodness!

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Kate March 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

There are so many possibilities Christine!

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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork March 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I’ve never heard of these!! I’m always up for a new dessert to try. These look great, Kate!

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Kate March 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Meghan!

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Anna (Hidden Ponies) March 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I have never heard of or eaten these, but it certainly sounds like I need to!

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Kate March 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

They’re so tasty Anna! And easy to make too :)

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! March 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I have never heard of these before! They look unbelievable! Definitely on the must-try list!

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Kate March 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hope you like them Kristin!

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm

These are going to be my new favorite candy!

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Karen March 22, 2013 at 12:50 am

These look great, I have made chocolate ones before but had no idea that you can do other flavors. Definitely going to try them with cinnamon soon!

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Kate March 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Hope you enjoy them Karen!

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Kim Bee March 31, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Okay you are sending me ten dozen of these right….

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Kate April 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I’m on it!!

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