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Pistachio Brigadeiros

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Yields about three dozen.

Brigadeiros are Brazilian candies that owe their melt-in-your-mouth texture to sweetened condensed milk, cooked down until it's thick and fudge-like. Though chocolate brigadeiros are the classic, pistachio is a tasty flavor variation.

  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. finely ground pistachios
  • 2 tsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. unsalted butter

Put the condensed milk, cream, 6 Tbs. ground pistachios, corn syrup, and butter in a 3-quart heavy-duty saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn the heat to medium low, and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and pulls together into a dense batter, about 12 minutes. When the mixture is ready, the whisk will leave trails in the batter, allowing you to briefly see the pan bottom, and when you tilt the pan, the mixture should slide to the side in a blob, leaving a thick residue on the bottom of the pan.

Slide the mixture into a bowl. (Don’t scrape the pan—you don’t want to use any of the batter stuck to the bottom.) Let the mixture cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until very firm, 3 to 4 hours.

Put the remaining 1/4 cup ground pistachios in a bowl. Using a teaspoon or a melon baller, scoop the mixture by the teaspoonful, and with your hands, roll each into a ball about 1 inch in diameter. Drop each ball into the pistachios as you finish rolling it. When you have 4 to 6 brigadeiros, roll them in the pistachios and lift them out with your fingers semi-open, carefully shaking off the excess. If the pistachios don’t stick to the outside, re-warm the balls by rolling them briefly between your hands and then try to coat them again.

Make Ahead Tips

Store brigadeiros in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. (If refrigerating, bring to room temperature before serving for the best flavor and texture.)

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per piece; Calories (kcal): 70; Fat (g): fat g 3.5; Fat Calories (kcal): 35; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 2; Protein (g): protein g 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 7; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 15; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 10; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This was an excellent new recipe for me to test. Making pistachio brigadeiros was quick and relatively easy. Very tasty and a good addition to the yearly cookie tin at Christmas. Thank you!

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