What’s Cooking in Brazil?


The ISA Brazil fall group recently got together and put their culinary skills to the test in making Brigadeiros and Beijinjos, which are traditional Brazilian treats typically served during birthday celebrations.

Follow the recipe below to make your own and bring a taste of Brazil to your kitchen. Remember, a good cook always samples his/her creations!


·   1 can/package of Condensed Milk (395g)
·   3 tablespoons of chocolate powder
·   1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
·   200g of chocolate sprinkles
·   1 can/package of Condensed Milk (395g)
·   100g of shredded coconut
·   1 tablespoon of unsalted butter


How to cook:

1) In a microwavable bowl, mix the following ingredients:

– Brigadeiro:

condensed milk, butter and chocolate powder

or for

– Beijinho:

condensed milk, butter and 50g of shredded coconut.

2) Cook the mixture in a microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3) Remove mixture from the microwave (be careful, it will be hot!), mix with a spoon until the melted butter is fully incorporated into the mixture.

4) Return the mixture into the microwave, cooking for about 4 minutes. With time, the mixture will begin to bubble and its height tends to triple.

5) Once the height starts to decrease, stop the microwave.

Note: The longer the cooking time, the more firm the paste will be.

6) Spread the paste onto a large plate or baking pan and place in the refrigerator to cool.

7) To make the balls, place a pinch of butter into hands. Take a teaspoon of the cooled paste and roll it until it forms a ball.

8 ) To decorate, cover the Brigadeiro with chocolate sprinkles, and the Beijinho with shredded coconut.


For more information about this program, contact Brazil Site Specialist, Maddi Reising at 512-480-8522 with any questions.

To experience this and other Brazilian culinary delights first hand, spend the Spring 2015 semester studying abroad! Application deadline is November 1st!



Author: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. ISA offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities in 73 program locations throughout the world.