The taste of these truffles is chewy toffee like. It is like caramel chocolate. The hidden roasted almond is an extra kick to it. The best thing is that these cocoa truffles are great for serving in parties in summer as  they do no melt like chocolate.

Brigadeiro is a Brazilian sweet. It’s origin is around world war 2, when there was a shortage of sugar in Brazil while sweetened condensed milk was available so the desert came into being. Bitter circumstances can have joyful aftermaths.( reminds me of Attabad Lake, Pakistan) .

Anyway, You need milk, sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter to make it.  You can use homemade sweetened condensed milk too for making it from scratch.

How to make chocolate truffles with cocoa powder.

Author: Mariam Huzaifa

cocoa-trufflesRecipe time:60 min | Prep time:30 min | Cooking time:30 min | Recipe type:dessert, Diy food, Gluten free | Cuisine: Brazil | Serving: 30 balls


  • 1  1/4 cup, 1 tin condensed milk (400 gm) (click for recipe)
  • 3 1/2 tbs, 50 gm butter, more for greasing.
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tbs cocoa powder ( good quality), more for rolling
  • 30 roasted almonds


  1. Grease a heat proof plate or baking sheet.
  2. In a thick bottomed pot ( preferably non stick) dissolve cocoa powder with milk. Add condensed milk and butter, mix well.
  3. On medium high heat cook the mixture for 15 minutes, until mixture gets thick with vigorous stirring.
  4. Now reduce heat to medium low and cook for more 15 minutes until the mixture is thick enough to form balls, stir vigorously and reduce heat if mixture is sticking to bottom of pot.
  5. Pour tablespoon amount of mixture on greased plate, when mixture is cool enough to handle, insert a almond and roll it into a ball.
  6. When all ball are ready, roll each ball in cocoa powder. Brigadeiro are ready.

Step by step brigadeiro chocolate truffles with cocao powder ( with photos):

  • Grease a plate with butter.
  • Put all ingredient in heavy bottomed pot, preferably non stick.
  • Mix well.
  • Cook on medium high flame until mixture start to thicken as in first picture. Then reduce heat and cook on low flame.
  • Keep scraping the sides and bottom of pan while stirring vigorously.The mixture will thicken enough to form a ball.
  • The brigadeiro is ready, now we will form balls.
  • Spread 1 tbs size hot mixture in plate, as shown in photo.
  • Grease hand with butter and when mixture is cool enough to handle, make a ball , press it and insert an almond.
  • Roll into ball and keep on greased plate.
  • Finally roll in cocoa powder and your chocolate truffles with cocoa powder are ready.
  • You may keep them round or give them other shapes.


  1. These easiest truffles can be stored in fridge up to 10 days or more.