Brigadeiro with red sprinkles

Mint Brigadeiro

Day Two of the 12 Days of Global Cookies –

The Mint Brigadeiro Recipe

It’s cookie season!! Day Two is dedicated to my favorite Brazilian treat – Brigadeiro! Similar to fudge, this Brigadeiro recipe is the perfect addition to your holiday baking.

This Mint Brigadeiro recipe is fast and easy to make and never fails me!

One reason that I love this recipe over traditional fudge is that you won’t have to worry about using a candy thermometer to get your mixture to a certain temperature.

With fudge, if you don’t hit the right temperature, the fudge won’t set. It will be too soft to cut and serve in squares. It may taste chocolatey and delicious but it won’t be fudge.

But with Brigadeiro, you will not have to worry about that! It really is the easiest fudge-like treat that you can make!

Watch this video to see how easy it is to make basic Brigadeiro:

Brigadeiro is easy to customize and add different flavors and coatings. Check out my original post on Brigadeiro with the history of this treat and some other Brigadeiro variations!

Mint Brigadeiro Recipe

Mint Brigadeiro Recipe

Mint and chocolate is a classic combination and it makes the perfect addition to your Holiday Cookie Tray and boxes.

I have used Peppermint Extract as well as Mint flavored sprinkles to bring a bright, fresh flavor to these chocolate bites.

Be careful when using extract, though, as it can impart an artificial flavor if you use too much.

Natural oils can be purchased for flavoring foods from many online retailers. Just be sure to buy food grade oils before using them in food. I have used several flavors from LorAnn and I love the variety that they offer!

Their Food Grade Peppermint Oil is available on Amazon and I have also seen it in Cooking Stores.

I didn’t have any food grade peppermint oil so I used extract this time.

I also used these Peppermint Sprinkles to decorate my Mint Brigadeiro to increase the mint flavor while also making them look pretty on my cookie tray!

Brigadeiro covered in red sprinkles

Check out the other recipes in my 12 Days of Cookies!

Day One – Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Day Two – Mint Brigadeiro

Day Three – Spumoni Cookies

Day Four – Classic Linzer Cookies

Day Five – Gingerbread Cookies

Day Six – Chinese Almond Cookies

Day Seven – Orange Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Day Eight – Russian Pryaniki, still perfecting this recipe!

Day Nine – Ginger Cookies

Day Ten – Japanese Pocky modified for The NYT Cooking Recipe

Day Eleven – Plum Ginger Rugelach

Day Twelve – Alfajores

Extra! – Buckeyes aka Peanut Butter Balls

Download these Gnome tags for your gifts this holiday season!

Mint Brigadeiro

Recipe by Tanya OttCourse: Chocolate Recipes, Cookie RecipesCuisine: Brazilian


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This Mint Brigadeiro is similar to fudge but much easier! Brigadeiro is the perfect addition to your baking repertoire!


  • 400 grams sweetened condensed milk ( one 14 ounce can)

  • 35 grams cocoa powder

  • 28 grams unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

  • Dash of Kosher salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon mint extract

  • 1/2 cup sprinkles of your choice


  • Grease 8×8 pan and line with cling wrap or parchment paper to make it easier to remove the brigadeiro later.
  • In medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except sprinkles. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly to melt the butter and incorporate the cocoa powder.
  • When the mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring often. Candy should be like thick brownie batter and slide in a soft mass in one lump when pan is tilted.
  • Remove from heat. Pour into the prepared pan. Refrigerate for one hour.
  • Using a teaspoon or a small cookie scoop, scrape out a teaspoon-sized ball of the mixture and roll into a ball in your hands. Roll the ball sprinkles to coat the outside. Repeat to use up all of the mixture. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

Recipe Video

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