November 02, 2011

Homemade Cannoli


A chocolate chip cannoli could be one of the easiest Italian desserts you'll ever make. Well, as long as you forget about making the cannoli shells yourself. Those things can be a huge pain, and they are only worth doing at home if you're going to make more than 20. Since most of us aren't, and we only want some of that sweet ricotta filling anyway in a fun, easy-to-hold shell, it's just better to buy a couple cannoli shells from a local bakery or supermarket.

The secret to a great filling is in the simplicity and ratio. All you really need is ricotta and powdered sugar. Powdered sugar is essential. You won't get the right texture without it. There are some other fun additions you can make like amaretto or orange-flavored liqueur, but be sure to adjust for the added 1 tsp - 1 Tbsp of liquid so it's not too runny. Now on to the cannoli!


2 cannoli shells
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
handful of chocolate chips


Mix together ricotta and powdered sugar. Start with the above ratio and adjust to your personal tastes.

Spoon (or pipe) into shells, filling all the way through.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on the outside.

Grab a cappuccino and enjoy!

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