Bakery-Style Cannoli


Bakery-Style Cannoli

Bakery-Style Cannoli
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If you've ever found yourself gazing into the window of an Italian bakery and dreaming about a freshly made cannoli, then you're sure going to get excited about our recipe for Bakery-Style Cannoli! With a homemade, creamy, ricotta filling this easy cannoli recipe tastes bakery-delicious!

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 cannoli shells

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, the ricotta cheese, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. 
  2. Refrigerate 1 hour, or until mixture is firm. Spoon filling into cannoli shells (see Note). 
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour, or until ready to serve. Just before serving, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.


For an easy way to fill the cannoli shells, place the ricotta cheese mixture in a resealable plastic bag. Snip off a corner of the bag with scissors and squeeze the mixture into the shells.

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 322
  • Calories from Fat 154
  • Total Fat 17g 26 %
  • Saturated Fat 10.0g 50 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 8.0g 16 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 31mg 10 %
  • Sodium 105mg 4 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 35g 12 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0 %
  • Sugars 21g 0 %

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Hi..I'm Italian and the "real" cannoli use whipped cream. I think those made with ricotta have a gritty "feel" to the filling. You can either whip your own or use canned whipped cream. Utterly delicious! Sprinkle choc chips on the edges along with powdered sugar. This is the basic recipe but tweak it as you like.

Buon giorno Kay, the traditional cannoli are made with ricotta. Today, they have various ways and flavours. If you can find ricotta fiorella (creamier, best for desserts) otherwise, strain the ricotta first. It will be firmer and won't soak the shells. Ciao a tutti

Can I use small curd cottage cheese instead of ricotta?

Hi there! Yes, you can make this with small curd cottage cheese that has been well drained. :) Enjoy!

This recipe looks delicious and I love grannyblu's suggestions.. my mom and dad always said that a recipe is simply a guideline and to personalize it with your own changes. I have home made cannoli rollers but haven't tried them yet. I bought my shells at local Italian cheese store. The recipe I used called for just the ricotta but next time and I wasn't too keen on it,so next time I will try Grannyblu's suggestion.. I've also heard of using vanilla pudding.. I know that would enflame the must be authentic crowd, but then it isn't for them anyway.. its for my family.

Grannyblu, I commend you... I agree too! Recipes are for the individual who takes their time in creating... I love to cook and create too... Your suggestions sound great.. I have to try it!! Thank you.

I am Italian and make my own cannoli shells I have cannoli rollers if I have time I also use cream cheese if using ricotta cheese I use and make sure you use beat the ricotta well until it is creamy small ice cream cones work vey well drained chopped cherries can also be added sometimes I put cherry at the ends then dust with powdered sugar really nice presentation Real cooks and bakers give their own suggestions and comments people who complain about others doing so are not cooks or bakers at all l they are just in here to complain about others doing so there is absolutely nothing wrong giving others help or suggestions on different ways of creating changing or their own way of making a recipe that is what Recipes are all about that is why there are comments and reviews I have been cooking and bakingRead More since I was a young bride at and I am almost years old now

How do u make your own Cannoli shells Please ?

I'm new here don't understand the rating system - so many people rate a recipe they haven't even made - so not helpful!!

Your going to see a lot of that here. Wait for the ones that "tweak" recipes so much they've created something all together different.

Yeah I've seen the 'tweakers' - they are nothing more than amusing )

Sometimes in order to leave a comment or ask a question, I am required to rate the recipe. I find it annoying as well when I haven't made it yet.

I was able to reply without doing a rating. Maybe it's a random thing.

It definitely is random. Sometimes it's required and sometimes not.

Hello! - We updated our system so that it should no longer require you to leave a rating on a comment. If you do see any instances where this does occur, please let us know!

Where can I get cannoli shells?

Hello, Many groceries carry the cannoli shells. They may be in the bakery section, freezer aisle, or with other Italian products. We recommend calling your local grocery store and asking them if they carry this product. You can also try a local Italian bakery or purchasing them online.

This recipe sounds delicious! Please print a recipe for homemade cannoli shells. I have the forms and would love to try this dessert, thanks!

Why no recipe for cannoli shells ......?

Can you substitute another ingredient for the ricotta cheese without messing with the integrity of the cannolis? My family just does not like ricotta cheese.

you could probably use mars-capon or cream cheese, you might need to add a little bit of milk to thin it out a little. I usually put the ricotta in the food processor and blend it till it is creamy, that way you don't have a chunky texture.

Going to try this have been wanting a recipe for cannolis. With the chocolate chips I am going add dried cherries chopped up.

I am going to try using the filling in the Cookie Cups recipe from this website!


How much Whip Cream do you add? Thank you.

In place of shells, I use broken ice cream waffle cones or the hard cones and use it as a dip. Enjoy it this way in place of the shell.

You have to buy them from the grocery store.

where specifically do you find them?

need recipe for cannoli shells

You can go on line ; just print RECIPE FOR CANNOLI,S

I forgot to say shell,s

You can also go on & buy ready-made shells; much easier & no frying!


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