When I was kid, my family moved around quite a bit and one good thing that came from moving around a lot was getting to try a lot of different foods.
When we lived in New Jersey I ate a lot of Italian food and one of my favorite desserts was Cannoli. Since moving to Iowa I have found that it is not as easy to find some of the foods I loved growing up, so I am forced to make my own and I love sharing these recipes with you.
Recently a craving hit for cannoli and thankfully I found the ingredients I needed at a local grocery store to make a delicious Homemade Cannoli Recipe that tastes just like the desserts I loved as a kid.
I couldn’t find the shells premade at the store (you can pick them up by clicking here on Amazon) so I was forced to make them myself which is the hardest part of this homemade cannoli recipe.
It’s difficult to get them into the shape you want and pretty time consuming because you have to watch the pan the whole time to make sure they take the shape of traditional cannoli. If you don’t care what they look like you could always just make a cookie shape and spoon the filling on top to save yourself a bunch of time.
I did that with a few just to see if it changes the texture of taste of this cannoli recipe but it really didn’t make a difference it just didn’t look as pretty.
It kind of took the shape and look of an eclair…a really really tasty eclair. This is perfect for a quick dessert but maybe not as pretty when presented as homemade cannoli.
To make the cannoli shell you will add all ingredients to a mixer and then let the dough sit while you mix up the filling. Once your filling has been made place it in the refrigerator until ready to use and you can get back to the dough.
Roll dough out on floured plastic wrap, if it is really sticky add another layer of plastic wrap to prevent a huge mess. Roll dough and cut out circles that are about 4 inches long. Roll dough out as thin as possible but make sure you can pick up your circles without them falling apart.
Heat a skillet with about an inch of canola oil and when it starts to bubble it’s ready to cook the shells. Fold the circles in half pressing the edges in the center together to create a funnel. While cooking you may need to place a fork inside of the shell to keep the top from caving in.
Or you can pick up some Cannoli Forms on Amazon by clicking here.
This is the part that I give up on when I am not trying to make my shells look pretty. As long as they are cooked, they serve their purpose.
Once they are done cooking and cooled, scoop filling inside and then sprinkle with powdered sugar. I like to add more chocolate chips at this point because it looks nice and taste great!
These are best when served immediately but if you have any leftovers, send them to my house or keep them refrigerated for up to one week.
Have you ever made a homemade cannoli recipe before? Share your tips on how you make your shell, I would love to hear them!