Photographer Amy Roth and I are starting off week one of our advent calendar with gifts. Easy to make and package, these items will definitely impress. First up- Brigadieros!
These trendy little Brazilian candies are a yummy and festive-looking treat to share with a hostess, teacher or friend. If you like soft, gooey caramels, these are the treats for you, with many ways to customize the flavor. These are a great group cooking activity too- anyone can do it from grannies to kiddies. Our recipe makes 24 but you will want to double it to make more!
Brazilian candies make a sweet gift!
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
- 1 teaspoon gingerbread or pumpkin spice
Pour the sweetened condensed milk and butter into a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 10-20 minutes, stirring continually to avoid burning. The mixture will thicken and darken. You know it is ready when a spoon dragged through the mixture separates the caramel for a few seconds.
Remove from the heat and stir in flavorings as desired. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, scoop out small spoonfuls and roll into balls. Immediately coat in toppings such as sprinkles or nuts. Place finished Brigadieros in small candy cups and serve or package in cute boxes.
Believe it or not, I have a cousin who lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil who has a Brigadieros shop! Check out her wares here: http://www.bofratino.com/
For more information and a great video on how to make Brigadieros, visit http://streetsmartbrazil.com/learn-how-cook-brigadeiros/
To view Amy’s blog post, please visit her blog here.