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Make Your Own Brazilian Christmas Candies: Walnut Cameos

A special time of year, such as is the case with Christmas, requires a special treat: Camaféu de Nozes or Walnut Cameos. These culinary gems are gorgeous, incredibly easy to make, decadent, and unique. Wouldn't you be pleased to open a gift box filled with them? And bonus, since they're flourless, they're naturally gluten-free. 

Camaféu de Nozes is a walnut brigadeiro covered with melted fondant glaze and topped with a shelled walnut. This typical Brazilian treat (technically neither a candy nor a truffle) found its inspiration in cameo jewelry, as its appearance is reminiscent of the carved trinkets whose artistry dates back as far as the 3rd century BC. Even the food styling for this photo was inspired by a favorite carved cameo from my personal jewelry collection.

In Brazil, camaféu de nozes are traditionally served at weddings (sometimes as guest favors or sometimes to be enjoyed by guests after the wedding cake is served). I think camaféu de nozes are perfect for Christmas! Just look at them: they're alabaster white and decorated with a beautiful golden walnut on top. In fact they're made from walnuts, which along with other nuts are a traditional part of both Brazilian and American holiday tables.

These make the most unique and gorgeous edible jewelry Christmas presents, too. In fact, this is one of my presents to you. You won't find a more detailed or reliable recipe for camaféu de nozes than the one you have here. 

I know Christmas is about traditions, that usually involve cookies! And although I appreciate old traditions, I also enjoy incorporating new ones at my table and making them my own. These camaféu de nozes are definitely my ultimate Christmas tradition. 

Walnut Cameos

  • 1 (14 oz or 396 g) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup shelled walnuts, ground
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (softened), plus extra for greasing
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 20 shelled walnuts to decorate top of the candies
  • 1 Wilton gold color mist food spray
  • 17.5 ounces (about 500 g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, plus extra when necessary
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Get the full recipe.

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Make Your Own Brazilian Christmas Candies: Walnut Cameos


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