Handmade holiday gifts #2

Looking to make something a little different? These Brazilian treats taste and sound fancier than they really are, but no one needs to know that. Similar to truffles, but made of caramelized condensed milk and flavored with good quality chocolate, this recipe from Saveur calls for stove-top preparation. I prefer this method—which really allows for development of flavor—to the alternative microwave recipes. This recipe is for the classic chocolate Brigadeiro, but coconut, strawberry, and cherry recipes are easily found online. Since the ingredients aren’t very complicated or expensive, I assuage my chocolate-covered guilt by using organic ingredients and fancy Cacao Barry sprinkles.



4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons heavy cream

2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk

3 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

1 cup sprinkles of your choice

Unflavored baking spray


Bring butter, cream, and milk to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add chocolate and cocoa powder, and reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is the consistency of dense, fudgy batter—about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; let cool. Chill in the refrigerator until set, at least 4 hours.


Using a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop, portion out the mixture. Spray a bit of cooking spray on your hands, and roll each portion into a ball. Set on wax paper or clean baking sheet. Place sprinkles in a small dish. Roll each ball in the sprinkles until thoroughly coated. Chill in a covered container, up to three days.


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