Cherry Cheesecake Brigadeiro

I love love love Valentine’s Day. I know a lot of people really dislike the holiday of love and romance, especially because they feel like it’s an affront to singles and people who don’t have a significant other. And if that’s you, just make some of these Cherry Cheesecake Brigadeiros for yourself. Your loneliness will be cured because you won’t have to share these with a single soul.

Believe you me – sharing is for brand new starry-eyed dating couples. Marriage is for having your own serving of all your favorite things for your very own. Mr. Nifty knows that if we are ordering dessert at dinner either he is getting his own or he’s getting nothing. I don’t share food very well…oops.

Brigadeiro are delicious little Brazilian candies. Fudgy caramely chocolate bon bons covered in sweet jimmies, they are a staple at every Brazilian party. They also make “beijos” or “kisses” which are made without the chocolate and rolled in coconut. I have a recipe for the original Brigadeiro here, but these little cuties are a different sort of treat. Made with cream cheese, white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk these are creamy and delicate, more like the white beijos. I rolled them in crushed graham cracker crumbs instead of jimmies to give them that cheesecake crunch. I love anything cheesecake and these might be my new favorite brigadeiro, they really do taste like Cherry Cheesecake!

They are the perfect thing for a Galentine’s Dayparty or for your neighbors or friends. Share the love! <3

Cherry Cheesecake Brigadeiro
Serves: 18
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed
  • Butter for rolling and shaping
  1. To prep cherries, drain on paper towels to discard any extra moisture or juice. Butter a plate and set aside
  2. In a pan, melt the butter and cream cheese over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
  3. Add sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate to the pan and stir gently until the chocolate is melted. Raise the heat to medium temperature and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the mixture becomes thicker and pulls away from the sides of the pan when you run the spoon across the bottom.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the cherries until combined. Transfer to your buttered plate and chill for 1 hour in the fridge or until completely cold.
  5. Grease your hands with butter and roll into 1 inch balls. Drop balls into a plate or bowl full of graham cracker crumbs and completely cover.
  6. Serve on miniature paper liners for traditional look.




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