Monday, February 28, 2011

Delicious and Super Easy Cannoli's from Scratch...

Ever wonder how to make those delicious pastries you see in small Italian bakery shops? I know I do!! I love going into those cute little shops and tasting whatever looks the most delicious. And so it got me thinking...this can't be that hard! Especially for a mother of 2!
My wonderful sister Jenn gave me a pizzelle maker that I desperately wanted for Christmas this year (she was my secret Santa!!) I was so excited, I couldn't wait to open it up and make my first batch of pizzelle's. While looking through my pizzelle parts and pieces I realized that they included a stainless steel rod. What on earth could that be for!!! Then it dawned on me...CANNOLI'S. You use it to roll shells for cannoli's; and so this past week I gave it a try and they turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Absolutely delicious. It also helps that I have a secret recipe for the filling!! At least I think it should be secret because it is so delicious!

STEP 1: make your pizzelle's
(any favorite pizzelle recipe will do, I made vanilla and almond pizzelle's, but I think chocolate pizzelle's would also make fabulous cannoli's). Here is an awesome pizzelle recipe from

STEP 2: while your pizzelle is hot off the iron, roll it around the rod, shape and let cool.

This is how they will look once they are finished, cooled and ready to be filled.

STEP 3: The Filling:
The key to the filling is to make it to taste,
I add a little more of this and that until I like how sweet it is.
*1 lb Ricotta cheese
*2-3 tbs cool whip
*1 tsp vanilla
*Start with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and
add more to taste if needed 
*mini chocolate chips

Mix the 1st three ingredients together, add powdered sugar to taste,
mix in chocolate chips.

STEP 4: Fill your cannoli shells, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and refrigerate until ready to serve

TIP: don't fill your cannoli shells too soon, otherwise the shells can get soft. An hour or two before you serve them would be fine. I need to go get my cup of coffee and a delicious cannoli...



  1. Wow, those look GREAT! This is something I always want to try to make from scratch. I'm so glad you posted this -- I need to find a pizzelle maker now. I've been buying the cannoli kits from Costco and although they're not that bad... nothing compares to the real thing. :)

  2. YUMMY! I am in love with cannolis. They are the perfect dessert.
    I love my pizzelle maker and never even thought to make cannolis! Thanks for sharing. Cant wait to try this out.

  3. Well, thanks a LOT for making me want a cannoli at 10 in the morning, haha! They look big time YUM.

  4. Well, I've never heard of a pizzelle maker but now I'm going to have to find one. Those just look to good to not try!
    Thanks for stopping by my place and becoming a follower. I always wanted to have more sisters:)

  5. Those look delicious Mar! Great idea.

  6. I've never had cannolis, but always wanted to try them...they look super yummy delicious! Thanks for posting!!

  7. I just bought a pizzelle iron, and I have ricotta in the fridge, next to baklava, cannolis are my favorite. Thanks for the inspiration. Tomorrows my 505th bday, so it's time to live a little😜

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