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Easy Cannoli Recipe

Making Sicilian dishes on Christmas Eve is a family tradition on my mom’s side of the family: Pizzas, cannolis, cream puffs, cookies. You name it, we had it. But what my mom is used to making is not the same thing that I make. Her cannoli recipe is a little more complicated and involves the stove. That’s because my great grandma didn’t like the easy cannoli recipe that’s out there. However, below is what I typically make for my own family.

white batter in clear plastic bowl

Ingredients for Easy Cannoli Recipe:

  • 30 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 c Truvia or 1/2 c regular sugar; adjust if needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 oz of miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ~ 15-18 cannoli shells

Instructions for Easy Cannolis:

  • Drain the ricotta.
  • Then, by hand, mix with sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest.
  • Next, fold in chocolate chips.
  • And fill the cannoli shells.

Put your remaining mini chocolate chips in a shallow bowl and dip the ends of your cannolis into the bowl of chocolate chips.

3 cannolis with chocolate chips on the ends on a white plate

This fills ~ 15-18 cannolis. Also, you can make your own cannoli shells. But I don’t; I never have. Though, at some point I may have to, because finding shells was an issue. Consequently I ordered them for $49. Although I did get 70 of them. Thus, I can make them again.

Furthermore, I never found a recipe similar to my mom’s when searching the web. The only thing that came close was one on the box of cannoli shells I ordered. And I would’ve included the one from my mom’s if she could’ve found hers. It tastes more liken a custard than the ricotta cheese filling in most cannolis. Very similar to cream puffs.

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