I grew up on great homemade Italian food, and of course cannoli’s. Cannoli’s have always been my favorite. When I think of Italian dessert, cannoli’s are the first to pop into my head.
These were so festive to make, and the kids had a blast. With any of the foods we make for the show, they all require practice. Their little hands are still figuring it out. After a little practice, they are confident and well on their way to effortlessly making these Christmas Cannoli’s. It’s so fun to watch them evolve just over a few days.
It was so fun to have Isabelle on the show, as you can see in their YouTube video. She was perfect for the show because she’s Italian :-), and was so articulate in the demonstration. She was a natural!! Brody was quick to suggest Isabelle for the Christmas Cannoli’s episode, and he cast great.
This recipe seems like a lot of steps, but super easy to follow, and so rewarding.
Only a few simple ingredients to make this. In fact, I don’t need to look at the recipe anymore.
- Small cannoli shells
- Ricotta whole milk cheese
- Powdered sugar
- Lemon zest
- Mini semisweet chocolate chips
Brody loves his friends, and woking on the different episodes with them. Isabelle is such a sweet girl!
I suggest you set everything up first, so the decorating go smoothly. I set up the trays for them with sprinkles and the filling. The melted chocolate, and candy melts were also set up close by.
The ricotta mix smells divine. After all the ingredients are mixed, add the mini chocolate chips. This is the way I like to make them, but you can any ingredient you like in this step. Some people use dried fruits, or nuts.
I bought these from a local Italian bakery. They make them in 2 sizes, the small and large. You may want to set some time aside if you want to take this on and make them. I was using a lot of them to practice with, and gave a lot away.
The melted chocolate, and candy melts are always the favorite and messiest part. They look forward to this step.
No matter how messy the Christmas Cannoli’s turn out, they still look beautiful and taste delicious. Send me a message if you make these. I would love to see your creations.
- 15-20 Small cannoli shells (pre-made)
- 32oz ricotta whole milk cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2-1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (added to filling and to decorate with)
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on the top)
- 1 cup red candy melts
- 1 cup white candy melts
- 1 cup Ghiradelli dark chocolate discs (either online or Michael's has them)
- Step 1 is very important. If the ricotta cheese is too moist then your filling won't be as creamy, it will slide out the ends, and the canoli shells will get soft from the moisture.
- This recipe yields 15-20 small canoli's. You may half the recipe if you need to make less.
- To get a thinner texture with your candy melts and chocolate, add a teaspoon of Crisco and this will thin is and make it easier to dip.