Friday, July 25, 2014

Brazilian Chocolate Balls (Brigadeiro) - Gluten Free

These Brazilian Chocolate Balls or Brigadeiro, are creamy little balls of chocolate delight.  They have a smooth fudgy center and are rolled in chocolate sprinkles, which give them a nice crunch on the outside.  My Mom found this recipe in the paper and passed it along to me (she's great like that) and I was immediately intrigued by this delicious sounding and looking naturally gluten free recipe...especially since Brazil didn't let me down with their Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo).  I figured I could probably count on them to do a good dessert ball!  It's super easy to make too.
Brazilian Chocolate Balls

They look quite elegant on the table and you can be sure you will impress all you serve them to.  Your guests will think you slaved over these Brazilian Chocolate Balls, or even better, that you bought them from a  ritzy candy shop!  You know that is one of the highest compliments when your guests think something you prepared was bought, because it looks so professional and perfect.  At least I take that as a compliment (maybe I shouldn't...maybe they are saying it tastes like it came from a box!  Let's hope not).  Anyway, they do look impressive and taste even more impressive, and well, I just think you should try them out, ok?

Recipe from:  Goodies Gone Gluten Free
Originally from:  The Arizona Republic Newspaper
click here for Printable recipe

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
Chocolate sprinkles

In a sauce pan, place the condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.  Cook until the mixture starts to thicken.  Allow to cool.  With greased hands (I just sprayed cooking spray on them) shape mixture into balls and roll them in sprinkles.  I keep mine in the fridge.    

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