A brigadeiro is a traditional Brazilian sweet that is made with cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk, then covered in sprinkles. These stay true to the classic Brazilian recipe, along with two favorite alternative topping options, coconut and cocoa powder. These treats are quite sweet, almost like a chocolate caramel, but the cocoa powder and toasted coconut will temper some of the sweetness.
Spray a shallow dish with cooking spray and set aside. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. When the butter has melted, whisk in the condensed milk, cocoa powder and salt until well combined. Cook over a medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, until the mixture becomes thick and starts to pull away from the bottom and sides of the pan, 7 to 15 minutes.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared dish and spread it out so it cools quickly. DO NOT touch the mixture with your hands at this point—it is VERY hot. If you are having trouble spreading, use a rubber spatula or spoon. (It doesn't need to look perfect.) Refrigerate until cool enough to comfortably handle, about 1 hour to 70 minutes. (The colder the mixture, the easier the next steps will be.)
Place the coconut, sprinkles and cocoa powder in separate shallow bowls. Take a tablespoon of the candy mixture and form into a ball. Place the ball on a sheet pan. Continue forming the balls and placing on the sheet pan until all of the mixture is used; you should have 24 to 28 small balls. Once all the balls are prepared, roll each in one of the desired coatings, pressing the flaked coconut and sprinkles coatings so they stick. Place each coated ball in a little paper cup. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.
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