Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro

Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro

If you like a traditional Brazilian treat Brigadeiro, you will also love this autumn twist – Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro. Fan Halloween treats!

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Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro

Hello everyone. I hope this week has been treating you well.

As I announced in my previous post, this Black Licorice Cocktail, I am going to share MANY Halloween ideas these two weeks. And I mean that. I’ve developed and photographed seven cool recipes.

Indeed, I’ve never been into Halloween recipes that much before. The last (And also first) time I shared two ideas was 2017. Please check these Halloween Shortbread Cat Cookies as they are pretty fun, too. I don’t know what the reason for my obsession. Perhaps, this crazy new world requires more holidays to deal with it :) Also, this also can be considered as the preparation for Christmas time. Why? Because I use so many candles for both Halloween and Christmas-themed photographs lol.

Daisy The Witch

However, you are not going to see any candles here. (Just wait until my next posts.) Instead, you are going to see Daisy! Who missed her? Don’t you think she has grown up a lot? Just yesterday I checked her pictures taken before summer, and she change is so obvious. She’s an absolutely mature cat now. This is the only one Halloween post with Daisy though. First of all, with the days getting colder, I want her to enjoy the outside activities as much as possible. Secondly and most importantly: candles. Fluffy Daisy and the candles are simply not a good match, right?

But the actual reason was that I didn’t want to piss her off. Sometimes I think she can put a spell on me haha.

Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro

Now, have you ever tried Brigadeiro? That’s a traditional Brazilian dessert. Basically, it’s chocolate truffles with the texture of soft (but chewy) caramels and dulce de leche flavour. You can find the classic recipe here. But for the fall kick I also incorporated pumpkin pie spices. Of course, you can play with this and use whatever spice(s) you like.

How To Make these Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro

It’s super easy to make them. You will only need a few simple ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk, dark (unprocessed) cacao powder, and butter. Also, you will need jimmies sprinkles for coating. Usually, chocolate sprinkles are used, but for the Halloween edition I opted for these fun colourful option.

Tricks Making Perfect Truffles

Please note you should use a heavy-bottomed pot or saucepan for making Brigadeiros because the cooking mixture can easily stick to the bottom and burn. Also, this recipe requires almost constant stirring. It’s a good arm workout, too :) but if you see the mixture starts sticking to the bottom and burning, don’t panic! Simply turn the pan from heat. Then transfer the mixture into a clean pan, without scratching the bottom. You will loose some of the mixture, but won’t need to discard the entire batch!

However, while cooking, you can see some tiny caramelized ‘drops’ developing in the mixture – they are totally fine and delicious. Sometimes I have perfectly smooth consistency, but sometimes this extra caramelized pieces. If you want to avoid this, try lowering the heat even more. But it’s possibly connected to the quality of condensed milk, too.

I hope you like Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro, and you will try it soon. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro
Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro

Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Dessert


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If you like a traditional Brazilian treat Brigadeiro, you will also love this autumnal twist – Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro. Fan Halloween treats!


  • 1-1,5 cans sweetened condensed milk (400 gr. total)

  • 3 tablespoons good-quality unsweetened dark cacao

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for greasing

  • 1 to 1,5 tbsp. of pumpkin pie spice, to taste

  • ~1/2 cup of Halloween-themed or chocolate sprinkles (jimmies)

  • Equipment:
  • Medium, heavy-bottomed pan or saucepan

  • Spoon or spatula, preferably wooden


  • Grease a heavy-bottomed saucepan with 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • Place the condensed milk, cacao, and 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  • Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, constantly stirring, for about 14-16 minutes. First 10 minutes or so you won’t see serious changes, but very soon the mixture will become creamy and fudgy. It’s important to keep stirring the mixture even more often as that’s the point it can easily burn. As soon as it has thickened enough (another 4-6 minutes), turn the heat off – don’t overcook or you will have hard handy. keep in mind the mixture thickens even more once cooled.
  • (Important Note) Pay attention to the bottom of your pan as it can easily start burning. If that happens (significantly), transfer the mixture into another pan, without scratching the bottom. However, once cooking, you can see some tiny caramelized ‘drops’ develop in the mixture – they are totally fine and delicious.
  • Allow to cool. When cool enough to handle, using your hands (you can butter them slightly), shape the mixture into walnut-sized balls. Roll in the jimmies sprinkles.
  • Refrigerate a bit and enjoy it! Keep refrigerated for up to one week. For the best result, remove from the refrigerator 10-15 minutes prior to serving.

24 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiro

  1. Valentina says:

    Such cool photos, Be.! Not sure who (or what) is the bigger star — Daisy or the Brigadeiro. I say it’s a tie. I have had this dessert before, but never with this delicious, seasonal flavor twist. I’m intrigued. Looking forward to checking out the following Halloween treats. :-) ~Valentina
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  2. Marissa says:

    First of all Daisy looks absolutely adorable in her little outfit! And your Brazilian Brigadeiro look completely mouthwatering!

  3. David @ Spiced says:

    Daisy has a great witch costume – it looks like she’s ready to go trick-or-treating this year! :-) I’m not too familiar with a brigadeiro, but it does sound delicious. And then adding the pumpkin spice twist? Perfect! Maybe I need to come trick-or-treating at your house this year!
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