This sweet is very common in Brazilian birthday parties. The name refers to cashews (caju in Portuguese), because the original recipe used cashews and the sweet was molded in the shape of the cashew fruit. Modern versions like this one use peanuts, which are cheaper and more widely available.
Makes: 35 pieces
1 (400g) tin condensed sweetened milk
40g ground toasted peanuts
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
sugar, as needed
100g toasted whole peanuts, for decoration
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Directions Preparation:1hour › Extra time:30min cooling › Ready in:1hour30min
In a medium saucepan, place the condensed milk, ground peanuts and butter over a low heat, stirring often, until the mixture thickens and starts pulling from the sides of the pan.
Remove from heat and transfer to a buttered dish. Let cool.
Once cool, scoop out small amounts and roll into balls with buttered hands. Roll them in sugar and decorate with half a peanut on top.