Chinese Brigadeiro Recipe - Cocoa, Butter, Sweetened Condensed Milk

Chinese Brigadeiro

Chinese Brigadeiro Recipe - Cocoa, Butter, Sweetened Condensed Milk
Region / culture: China | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 12


Chinese Brigadeiro
Chinese Brigadeiro

Chinese Brigadeiro is a delicious twist on the traditional Brazilian Brigadeiro, incorporating flavors and ingredients commonly found in Chinese cuisine. This recipe combines the rich sweetness of condensed milk with the deep, chocolatey flavor of cocoa, creating a decadent treat that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.


The Brigadeiro is a popular Brazilian dessert that is typically made with condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. This Chinese Brigadeiro recipe takes inspiration from the traditional Brigadeiro, but adds a unique twist by incorporating Chinese flavors and ingredients.


How to prepare

  1. 1. Add cocoa, butter, and milk to a pan. Cook for approximately 10 minutes. 2. Form the mixture into small balls and chill.


  • Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top for a nutty flavor.
  • Roll the Brigadeiro balls in crushed fortune cookies for added crunch.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the mixture over low heat to prevent burning.

- Stir constantly to ensure the ingredients are well combined.

- Chill the mixture before forming into balls to make it easier to handle.

Serving Suggestions

Chinese Brigadeiro can be served as a dessert at a Chinese-themed dinner party or enjoyed as a sweet snack on its own.

Cooking Techniques

Chinese Brigadeiro is made by cooking the ingredients together in a pan over low heat until thickened, then forming the mixture into balls and chilling.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use coconut oil instead of butter for a dairy-free version.

- Substitute cocoa powder with matcha powder for a green tea flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

Chinese Brigadeiro can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Chinese Brigadeiro on a platter lined with decorative Chinese paper or in mini Chinese takeout boxes for a fun presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chinese Brigadeiro pairs well with a cup of hot green tea or a glass of sweet dessert wine.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store Chinese Brigadeiro in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, microwave for a few seconds until slightly softened.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chinese Brigadeiro contains approximately 120 calories.


Each serving of Chinese Brigadeiro contains approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chinese Brigadeiro contains approximately 5 grams of fat.


Each serving of Chinese Brigadeiro contains approximately 2 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chinese Brigadeiro is not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


Chinese Brigadeiro contains dairy (butter) and may contain traces of nuts.


Chinese Brigadeiro is a sweet treat that is relatively low in calories and provides a small amount of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.


Chinese Brigadeiro is a delightful fusion of Brazilian and Chinese flavors, creating a unique and delicious treat that is perfect for any occasion. Enjoy the rich sweetness of condensed milk and cocoa in every bite of this decadent dessert.

How did I get this recipe?

I can't forget the moment I stumbled upon this recipe for Chinese Brigadeiro. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Li Wei in her cozy kitchen. As we chatted over cups of fragrant jasmine tea, she suddenly got up and disappeared into her pantry. Curious, I followed her and watched in amazement as she began pulling out various ingredients from her shelves.

"Have you ever tried Chinese Brigadeiro before?" Li Wei asked, a mischievous twinkle in her eye.

I shook my head, intrigued by the unfamiliar name. Li Wei then proceeded to explain that Chinese Brigadeiro was a fusion dessert that combined the rich, chocolatey flavor of traditional Brazilian Brigadeiro with the subtle sweetness of Chinese ingredients like black sesame seeds and red bean paste.

As she mixed together the ingredients and rolled them into small, bite-sized balls, I couldn't help but marvel at her skill and expertise in the kitchen. Li Wei had always been a talented cook, and I was grateful for the opportunity to learn from her.

After the Chinese Brigadeiros were finished, we sat down at her dining table to taste the fruits of our labor. The first bite was heavenly – the smooth, velvety texture of the chocolate combined perfectly with the nutty crunch of the black sesame seeds. The red bean paste added a hint of sweetness that lingered on my tongue, making me crave more.

I knew then and there that I had to learn how to make Chinese Brigadeiro myself. Li Wei graciously shared her recipe with me, and I made a mental note to replicate it in my own kitchen.

Back at home, I gathered the ingredients – cocoa powder, condensed milk, butter, black sesame seeds, and red bean paste – and set to work. As I mixed and stirred, the familiar scents of chocolate and butter wafted through the air, filling my kitchen with warmth and comfort.

Rolling the mixture into small balls, I carefully coated them in black sesame seeds and set them aside to cool. The red bean paste added a touch of sweetness that balanced out the richness of the chocolate, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that danced on my taste buds.

When I finally tasted my homemade Chinese Brigadeiros, I couldn't believe how delicious they were. The memories of that day with Li Wei flooded back to me, and I felt grateful for the friendship and knowledge she had shared with me.

Since then, Chinese Brigadeiro has become a staple in my dessert repertoire. I love making it for family gatherings and special occasions, always thinking of Li Wei and the magical moment when I first discovered this unique and delightful treat.

As I sit here now, savoring a freshly made Chinese Brigadeiro, I can't help but feel grateful for the culinary adventures and friendships that have enriched my life. Cooking has always been a passion of mine, and I am constantly inspired by the flavors and traditions of different cultures.

In each recipe I learn and master, I find a connection to the past and a bridge to the future. Chinese Brigadeiro may have come into my life by chance, but it has since become a cherished part of my culinary repertoire, a reminder of the joys of discovery and the beauty of sharing food with loved ones. And for that, I will always be grateful.


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