Homemade Cannoli

  • Shells:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 quart oil for frying, or as needed
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 container ricotta cheese (16 ounces)
  • 1 package cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 package miniature chocolate chips


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Cut in the shortening until it is in pieces no larger than peas. Make a well in the center, and pour in the egg, egg yolk, Marsala wine, vinegar and water. Mix with a fork until the dough becomes stiff, then finish it by hand, kneading on a clean surface. Add a bit more water if needed to incorporate all of the dry ingredients. Knead for about 10 minutes, then cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Divide the cannoli dough into thirds, and flatten each one just enough to get through the pasta machine. Roll the dough through successively thinner settings until you have reached the thinnest setting. Dust lightly with flour if necessary. Place the sheet of dough on a lightly floured surface. Using a form or large glass or bowl, cut out 4 to 5 inch circles. Dust the circles with a light coating of flour. This will help you later in removing the shells from the tubes. Roll dough around cannoli tubes, sealing the edge with a bit of egg white.
  3. Heat the oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) in a deep-fryer or deep heavy skillet. Fry shells on the tubes a few at a time for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden. Use tongs to turn as needed. Carefully remove using the tongs, and place on a cooling rack set over paper towels. Cool just long enough that you can handle the tubes, then carefully twist the tube to remove the shell. Using a tea towel may help you get a better grip. Wash or wipe off the tubes, and use them for more shells. Cooled shells can be placed in an airtight container and kept for up to 2 months. You should only fill them immediately or up to 1 hours before serving.
  4. To make the filling, beat together the ricotta cheese, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar using a hznd eehld mixer. Fold in the chocolate chips. Use a pastry bag to pipe into shells, filling from the center to one end, then doing the same from the other side. Dust with additional confectioners' sugar and grated chocolate for garnish when serving or spead a little Nutella on the edges of the shells and dip in chocolate sprinkles.


  • Tips
  • The cannoli tubes are crucial. Ask your local Italian grocer where you can get them. Many of the kitchen stores carry them. The tubes are hollow stainless steel, and 6 to 8 inches long. You can also order them online and they only cost around $5.

    Adapted from the recipe found {HERE}



Lizzy said...

YUM! I'm drooling just looking at those ...one of my all time favorite desserts!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Ohh my word!! These look SOSOSO good.

The Duty's said...

YYUUMM!!! looks delish!!

Jenna Duty

Lindsay said...

These look WAY BETTER than the frozen trader joes ones I buy... Can you ship me some ? HEHE

marina {yummy mummy} said...

Oh my gosh, cannoli is my husband's favorite dessert and I have never made them! They are just something I buy, but you've convinced me to do it! Grazie!

Val said...

Heaven on earth....right here!!


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