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Holy Cannoli!

Every Christmas I make homemade cannoli’s.

This is a tradition I started when I was six months pregnant with my first born Jenna. It may have been caused by pregnancy cravings, but that’s a whole other blog post and beside the main point. That very first attempt, I mastered the cannoli shells perfectly.

This past Christmas, my cannoli filling finally came out perfectly!!! Holy Cannoli! I shared my excitement via Facebook, cause that’s what we do these days, right?! After being messaged about the cannoli’s over the past few years, and the response I just received from my Facebook post, I have decided it is time to share!

Cannoli’s can seem challenging but, I promise you, they’re just time consuming when it comes to the shells. BUT, oh so deliciously worth it!!

First, you will need cannoli forms. I purchased mine locally at my favorite family owned Italian deli, Romanelli’s Italian Deli in Phoenix, Arizona. The forms are $6.99 for four forms. I purchased a few sets to make it easier and faster. The instructions to make the forms should be on the package. This is the same one I follow, but I make a different filling than the package.

cannoli dough
Cannoli forms
cannoli forms
Cannoli Shells
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  1. 3 tbsp shortening
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. 2 tbsp sugar, granulated
  4. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/4 cup any cooking wine
  6. 1 egg, slightly beaten
  1. Cut shortening into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Fold in sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Gradually add wine...I drizzle a bit and add the egg. Mix until pastry holds together (you may need to add more wine if needed).
  4. Form into a ball, cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Divide dough into quarters. On lightly floured (cleaned) surface, roll out dough really thin.
  6. I use a round glass dish about 4 to 5 inches and press down on top and twist to cut each piece out. I roll out enough dough to make 8 shells at a time.
  7. Loosely wrap each dough piece around the metal forms. Seal where they meet with the beaten egg.
  8. Deep fry in canola oil until golden brown. They cook fast so watch carefully.
  9. Drain on paper towels and let cool before removing forms.
  10. Let cool completely before filling.
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Cannoli Filling
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  1. 1/2 cup whipping cream
  2. 1 15 oz whole milk ricotta cheese
  3. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, chopped or whatever candy or treat you would like
  1. 1. In mixing bowl, whip the cream until stiff peak forms. Place in separate bowl and set aside.
  2. 2. In the same mixing bowl, add ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix on medium until combined.
  3. 3. Fold in whipped cream and chocolate chips.
  4. 4. Chill for at least 2 hours before filling the shells.
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What is your favorite indulgent dessert? 

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One Response to Holy Cannoli!

  1. Sara January 9, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    Mmmmm these look amazing

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