Kids Cook: Gooooaaaal! Brazilian Treats For the World Cup

The World Cup 2014 is just around the corner – it starts June 12 – and is being held in host country Brazil. Here at Little Pim, we’re excited to share our love of both the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture with our friends. To get you ready for some world class World Cup watching, we have two easy Brazilian recipes – one savory and one sweet – great for small hands to help create.

Vamos comer! (Let’s eat!)

Savory Treat: Pão de Queijo (cheese puffs)

Courtesy of Saveur
Courtesy of Saveur

These savory cheese puffs are crisp on the outside, rich and chewy on the inside. They’re a popular treat in Brazil for an afternoon snack or pre-meal nibble –although we think they’re also perfect for watching Futebol (soccer)!


  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs


  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together tapioca starch, Parmesan, flour, salt, and yeast. Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until butter melts. Pour mixture into dry ingredients along with 1 egg and stir until dough forms; cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Kids cook:

  1. Using a tablespoon, portion out dough and roll each into a ball. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets, spaced 2" apart; beat remaining egg in a small bowl and brush balls with egg.
  2. Bake until browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

Makes 16

Sweet Treat: Brigadeiros (Chocolate fudge balls)

Courtesy of Saveur - world cup brigadeiros
Courtesy of Saveur - world cup brigadeiros

These fudgy truffles are a favorite dessert throughout Brazil. We say “Gooooaaallll” for the easy recipe and yummy sprinkles on top.


  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup chocolate sprinkles


  1. Bring butter, cream, and milk to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add chocolate and cocoa powder, and reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is the consistency of dense, fudgy batter, about 16 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a bowl; let cool. Chill until set, at least 4 hours.

Kids Cook:

  1. Using a tablespoon, portion out fudge and roll into balls. Roll each ball in chocolate sprinkles until evenly coated.
  2. Chill until ready to serve.

Makes 2 dozen

All recipes courtesy of our friends at Saveur.

A Sweet Craft for Valentine’s Day: Stained Glass Heart Cookies

Here’s an easy, and very tasty, way to transform store bought cookie dough and colorful candies into sweet treats to give or keep for Valentine’s Day.


  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Hard candy, crushed into small pieces
  • Cookie cutters
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheets



To start – purchase (or make, if you’re feeling your inner Julia Child) plain sugar cookie dough. If it’s not in sheets already, roll out to ¼ inch.

Use a large heart shape cookie cutter to create a base shape. Then using a smaller heart cutter, or plain circle shape, make a hole in the center of the cookie.

Put the cut-out hearts on a parchment lined cookie sheet (the parchment is important here so the hearts don’t stick to the pan).

Take hard candy (we used leftover candy canes, but the sky’s the limit colorwise, think LifeSavers or Jolly Ranchers), unwrap and crush with a rolling pin between two layers of parchment or in a plastic bag.

Now fill the hole in the center of heart with the crushed candy.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until candy is melted and dough is golden brown.

Voila, stained glass hearts!

Holiday Treats From Around the World

If you’ve been looking for some new treats to get your holidays off to a sweet start, all you need to do is spin the globe. We’ve found a selection of easy, and delicious, international treats that your whole family will enjoy both making and tasting for the upcoming holiday celebrations.

Swiss Basler Brunsli

(Courtesy of Saveur)

Courtesy of Saveur
Courtesy of Saveur

These gluten-free chocolate-almond-spice cookies from Switzerland taste like chewy brownies. Note: Be sure to use the parchment paper when rolling out your dough to avoid sticking.

  • 8 oz. whole blanched almonds
  • 1 ½  cups sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 ½  tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½  tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  1. Finely grind almonds and sugar in a food processor. Add chocolate; pulse until finely ground. Add cinnamon, cloves, and egg whites; pulse until dough comes together.
  2. Sprinkle a large piece of parchment paper with sugar; transfer dough to paper. Lay another piece of paper over dough; roll dough to 1/8" thickness.
  3. Cut out cookies with star-shaped or other cutters; transfer to parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 1" apart. Reroll scraps and repeat. Let dough dry for 3 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 300°.
  5. Bake until cookies are slightly puffed, 12–15 minutes.

French Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

(Adapted from Saveur)

Easy baking alert! You can make these light and crispy French pastry treats with just 2 ingredients!

  • 1 package puff pastry dough
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  1. Cut dough square in half and roll out ¼ inch thick, sprinkling with sugar as you work. Roll or fold the short ends 2 or 3 times inwards to reach the middle. Fold the dough in half along the center and press gently to seal. Repeat with remaining half of puff pastry. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Slice the rolled dough about 1/3 inch thick and sprinkle with more sugar. Place dough on an ungreased baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
  4. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes, turning the cookies once halfway through.

Norwegian Crowns

Melt in your mouth butter cookies from Norway.

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 ¼ cups sifted all purpose flour
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cream butter with an electric beater and then gradually add sugar. When mixed, add the egg and the almond extract.
  3. Slowly add the sifted flour.
  4. Fill cookie press and use a half moon shape to create crowns.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until golden.