Nutella is something that I love, but honestly don't really eat or bake with that often, always regretting that fact each time I eat something with Nutella. Well, I am vowing to change my ways - starting with these Cannolis! They're definitely not a traditional cannoli as the combination of cream cheese and whipped cream make them more like a cheesecake filling, or even mousse, but the cannoli shell makes them easy to grab and eat. No fork required - my kind of dessert!
Usually I prefer to make mini cannolis because sometimes full ones are just too rich for me, however any recipe could easily be adapted to a regular cannoli shell size (or mini size if the case may be). The combination of the cream cheese, whipped cream and Nutella definitely made these a rich bite-size dessert, that I think may become one of my go-to recipes when I need to make something quick and impressive.
24 Mini Cannoli Shells
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 - 2/3 cup Nutella, depending on how "Nutella-y" you want it!)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For garnish (optional):
Mini Chocolate Chips
Beat cream cheese, Nutella and powdered sugar until fully blended Set aside.
Using a whisk attachment and another bowl, beat heavy cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
Fold whipped cream in to cream cheese Nutella mixture, lightly, but until evenly combined.
Using a pastry or piping bag, fill each Cannoli shell, and garnish as desired.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
* if you want chocolate on the ends of the shells, make sure to dip in melted chocolate, and dry, before filling the cannoli with filling.
Source: Coffee and Cannolis original