Sweetened condensed milk appears in many Latin cakes, cookies and confections such as Brigadeiro, considered to be the national party sweet of Brazil. With only 3 ingredients and chocolate sprinkles for rolling the balls in, this deceptively simple treat couldn’t be easier. Sweetened condensed milk is the basis for another Latin specialty, Dulce de Leche. It gives these little mouthfuls an addicting richness that also makes Dule de Leche so popular.
The finished balls are traditionally rolled in chocolate sprinkles but make a pretty presentation when roll in finely chopped nuts or finely grated coconut as well. The mixture also makes a fabulous filling for layer cakes when cooled enough to spread.
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon butter, softened
chocolate sprinkles (about 1 cup)
40 small paper candy cups (available in baking and craft stores)
In a heavy saucepan, mix the milk, cocoa and butter. Stir over low heat constantly with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring and cooking until you are able to see the bottom of the pot when you tilt the pan(the mixture will just slide quickly). This should take 10-12 minutes.
Transfer to a greased plate. Let cool. Butter your hands and roll the mixture into small balls and roll over the chocolate sprinkles. Place each in a paper baking cup to serve.
Makes about 40