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Brazilian Coconut Brigadeiros

Brazilian Coconut Brigadeiros is a sweet sticky candy that has four ingredients that are melted down and chilled for a few hours then rolled with coconut flakes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 56kcal
Author Katie


  • 1 Stove Top
  • 1 Sauce Pot
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Whisk


  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut divided finely shredded


  • Mix together sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, butter and corn syrup in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a bubble, then toss in half of the shredded coconut {½ cup}.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and whisk, whisk, whisk until the mixture begins to thicken. Try not to scrape up the residue forming on the bottom of the pan or you'll have little brown bits in your candies. If you don't care about that kind of thing, then scrape away!
  • Keep whisking until the mixture has thickened significantly {about 8-10 minutes}. It should be reduced by about half and slide as one mass to the other side of the pot when the pot is slightly tilted.
  • Pour the mixture into a heat-proof bowl and allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until it is set up and can be handled.
  • Meanwhile, get your desired topping ready by putting it in a bowl. Using a tablespoon, scoop the mixture and roll it into balls. Toss them into the topping and roll them around until they're fully coated.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Dairy - Milk, especially sweetened milk, is easy to burn, so keep an eye on it while the heat is high.
  • Oil - Spraying your tablespoon, and even your hands, with a little oil, can help the scooping/rolling process. The stuff is sticky!
  • Toasted Coconut - I toasted the coconut that I rolled these in, but they also look very pretty with plain, untoasted coconut, too!
  • Toppings - Other assorted toppings for rolling like mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc.
  • Yield - This recipe yields about 3 dozen pieces.
*Nutritional calculations are estimated and may vary depending on serving size and ingredients.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg