This homemade cannoli recipe is so easy to make, and the end results taste just as satisfying as one bought from an Italian bakery! The aromatic, crispy fried shells stuffed with creamy, sweetened ricotta cannoli filling will make even the most ordinary day special.
Keyword cannoli, cannoli recipe
Prep Time 1hour30minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Chill Time 1hour
Total Time 1hour50minutes
1 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
Pinch kosher salt
3tablespoonsbuttercold and cubed
3tablespoonsMarsala winecold (can sub white grape juice)
cooking oil of choicefor frying
1/4cuppowdered sugarplus more for dusting
1/3cupmini chocolate chips
Garnishes such as chocolate chipssliced almonds, chopped pistachios
Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles small pebbles.
Add the egg and cold wine and pulse until the dough just barely begins to hold together. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead until smooth, 3-4 minutes.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Lightly coat the dough with flour and roll it through a pasta machine set to the thickest setting. If you don't have a pasta machine, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out as thin as possible on a lightly floured surface, to 1/8-inch thick.
Use a 4-inch, round cookie cutter to cut circles from the dough. Take one circle at a time and pull it into a 5-inch oval. Repeat with the excess dough, kneading it back together and cutting it until you have 12 ovals.
Place the egg white in a small bowl and set aside. In a wide pot with a heavy bottom, heat vegetable oil of your choice to between 350 and 380 degrees F. Line a large plate with paper towels.
Wrap one oval of dough loosely lengthwise around a cannoli form or 1-inch-diameter wooden dowel. Brush one end of the dough with egg white, then pull the dry end over the top and press down to seal. Repeat with three more dough ovals.
Using tongs, carefully lower the dough into the oil and fry until golden-brown, turning them as they fry, 2-3 minutes. Remove the shells with the tongs and transfer them to the paper towel-lined plate to cool.
When the shells are cool enough to touch, remove the molds and repeat with the remaining dough in batches until all shells have been fried.
Dip ends of cooled shells in melted chocolate if desired, and cool until dry. Fried shells can be stored in an airtight container for a few weeks.
The day before making the cannoli, drain the ricotta cheese overnight (24 hours for best results) in a nut milk bag or cheesecloth suspended over a bowl.
Place the drained ricotta and powdered sugar in a large clean mixing bowl. Fold together gently with a rubber spatula until well combined. Add the zest and chips and fold until evenly distributed.
When ready to fill and serve the pastry, place the cream in a disposable pastry bag or zipper bag and cut a 1/2-inch diameter piece off the end/corner. Insert the tip into one end of a shell and pipe the cream in, filling it halfway, then pipe the rest in the other end. Repeat with the remaining shells.
Dip the pastry shell in chocolate chips, crushed pistachios, and sliced almonds if desired, and dust the finished cannoli with powdered sugar before serving.
The cannoli filling can be refrigerated up to one day in an airtight container.