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Brigadeiro Tart
One of the best chocolate tarts

Brigadeiro Tart

Brigadeiro Tart is one of our favorites. It's made with condensed milk, chocolate, and a delicious cacao cookie base. Made for chocoholics.

Brigadeiro Tart
The inspiration for this tart comes from our trip to Portugal. We came across a gorgeous chocolate pie when we visited Porto’s market near the river Doumo. It looked irresistible, so naturally, we had to buy a slice to try it out. The tart was creamy, thick, luscious, and generously covered with thick chocolate sprinkles. When we took the first bite, we were blown away by its flavor. It was the richest chocolate tart we’ve ever eaten. The next minute was spent in silence as we nibbled on the dessert. Our eldest son was the first to speak out: “Dad, can we get one more slice?”. But the tart was sold out, so we returned the next day to buy it again. Today, we finally share our version of that incredibly delicious tart on our blog. This Brigadeiro Tart was tested four times, and it’s now, in our humble opinion, perfect. Intensely chocolatey, fudgy, irresistible.

Tart made for chocoholics - Brigadeiro Tart

This is the most luxurious tart we have ever made. These are the top reasons why we adore it so much:

  • incredibly simple to make - the only thing that bakes it is the cookie cocoa crust
  • it's great for crowds, as it's filling, and this recipe serves 12 people
  • kids and adults love it
  • perfect for chocolate lovers
  • a layered dessert made with delicious ingredients like condensed milk, chocolate, and sprinkles
  • the perfect dessert for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, celebrations, or slow weekends
  • keeps well in the fridge

Brigadeiro Tart

Brigadeiro Tart


Brigadeiro is a famous dessert well known in Portugal and Brazil. You can find these delicious chocolate balls covered in sprinkles on every market in Porto, and you can also easily make them from scratch in your home. We have a simple recipe for Brigadeiros on our blog, too. Brigadeiro tart isn't something you will find in every market or shop, but we ate an amazing one in a small bakery in Porto, and that fabulous dessert inspired today's recipe.

Esential ingredients

This Brigadeiro Tart is made of two layers. The first layer is the homemade cookie cocoa crust. The second layer is a gorgeous mixture of condensed milk, chocolate, and sprinkles. Below, you will find all the ingredients and step-by-step recipe. Here, we share a few more words about the essential ingredients.

Ground cookies - we love using cookies for our pie or tart base. In this recipe, we used Plazma cookies. If you can't find them in your country, feel free to use graham cracker crumbs or other ground cookies. 

Cocoa - use unsweetened cocoa powder or Dutch-process cocoa. Using sweetened cocoa will result in an overly sweet dessert.

Butter - use unsalted butter in the cookie base and the Brigadeiro mixture. Using your favorite butter, margarine, and other types of fat won't work.

Condensed milk - we need three cans (397g/14 oz) of condensed milk in this recipe. Choose sweetened condensed milk.

Chocolate - use your favorite semisweet chocolate in this recipe.

Sprinkles - thick chocolate sprinkles are the way to go. They will not only make a beautiful decoration on top, but they will add texture, too.

Brigadeiro Tart

Brigadeiro Tart


It's best to serve the Brigadeiro tart the next day. We can keep it on the kitchen counter for up to a day or store it in the fridge for up to a week. Make sure it's covered with clingfilm to prevent any unwanted aromas. Before serving, place the tart at room temperature for the chocolate to soften and become more creamy.

How to make Brigadeiro Tart at home (video)

Check this quick video to master making Brigadeiro Tart at home.

Next, try these delicious tart and pie recipes

Thanks to Plazma for their amazing ground cookies and for sponsoring this recipe.

Lets get cooking!

  • seves
    people (slices)
  • preparation:
  • bake:
  • total time:
    minutes (+ rest)


  • make the cookie base

    Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 180 °C / 350 °F. Combine ground Graham cracker cookies, sugar, and cocoa in a small bowl. Add the melted butter and milk, and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to a 30 cm (12-inch) Removable Bottom Tart Pan. Press the homemade cookie dough onto the bottom and up the side of the cake or pie pan. Transfer to the preheated oven on the middle rack. Bake for 10 minutes at 180 °C / 350 °F.

  • brigadeiro mixture

    Place a pan over medium heat. Add the butter and let it melt. Add the condensed milk and stir to combine. Sift the cocoa powder and add to the pan. Reduce the heat and cook for 10 - 12 minutes, stirring regularly for the mixture to thicken. The cream is ready when we run the spatula at the bottom of the pan, and the mixture needs about 3 - 4 seconds to cover the surface again. Remove from the heat and add in the chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts.

  • brigadeiro tart

    Immediately pour the Brigadeiro mixture into the slightly cooled cookie crust. Arrange the chocolate sprinkles on top and set aside. Set at room temperature for 2 - 3 hours, or place in the fridge overnight. If you're chilling the tart in the refrigerator, bring it to room temperature 30 minutes before serving.


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