What can I say - I make a mean Cannoli apparently! It's almost a shame how easy these were to make given how fantastic they were to eat!! Plus, when put in mini cannoli shells rather than regular ones they were adorable!
This week was one of my bosses (yes, one of them - I have three essentially) birthdays so in our traditional workplaces fashion around went a card for everyone to sign and someone (typically I!) brought in some baked goods. I typically bring cupcakes because I never know what everyone likes but this time I knew for sure that he likes Cannolis based on random Friday afternoon "I want to go home" email exchanges gone awry!
These were definitely a hit - even for the richness on a Monday morning. Please note that this recipe was originally for Full size cannoli's so I do have a little extra filling...
Mini Chocolate Chip Cannoli's
Source: where ever my mom found the recipe!
1 package mini cannoli shells (12 shells)
15 oz. container Ricotta cheese (don't go for the skim - go for the real stuff!)
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 oz. mini chocolate chips + extra's for garnish
pinch of cinnamon
- Drain ricotta cheese
- Mix drained ricotta, sugar, honey, vanilla and cinnamon well
- Stir in chocolate chips
- Chill mixture until ready to fill shells and serve.
- To fill each shell, put the filling in a pastry bag or resealable gallon bag, cutting off the tip to allow filling out. (I made the filling on Sunday night and chilled in a gallon size sealable bag for easy filling Monday morning...)
- Take each shell and sqeeze some mixture in to the opening, towards the center then flip to the other side of the shell and repeat
- Once all shells are filled take extra chocolate chips and sprinkle on a plate to dip each end in for chocolately garnish!
- Dust lightly with powedered sugar
Other great garnishes would be: chopped nuts (pecans, almonds, pistaccios), candied fruits, chocolate (or colored) sprinkles, a cherry, chocolate shavings, etc.
Another great way to dress up the shells would be to dip the ends of the shells in melted chocolate and allow to cool and harden before filling with mixture. You could also do this seasonally with white chocolate and food coloring to the color you want (Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Red and Green for the holidays, Blue for 4th of July, etc.)