Homemade Cannoli Recipe

Cannoli Recipe

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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.

Homemade Cannoli Recipe

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.

Homemade Cannoli Recipe

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.

Homemade Cannoli Recipe

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.

Homemade Cannoli Recipe

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.

Homemade Cannoli Recipe

 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!

Homemade Cannoli Recipe

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!


Homemade Cannoli Recipe
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  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Bag of Mini Chocolate Chips (split)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon (split)
  • 2 Cups of Powdered Sugar (Split)
  • 2 Tablespoons of shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • Oil for Frying
  • 8 Oz of Mascarpone Cheese
  • 15 oz Whole Milk Ricotta
  • 3/4 Cup of Grape Juice


  1. Add flour, grape juice, half of the cinnamon, salt, 2 tablespoons of shortening to a mixer. Mix well until dough has formed (about 2 minutes) Set aside
  2. Roll dough on floured surface and cut circles out that measure about 4 inches wide. Fold circles in center and press firmly to make them stay.
  3. Add to a skillet heated with about 1 inch of canola oil and cook on both sides while holding a fork in the center to keep the top from caving in. Cook about 1 minute on each side or until the cannoli begins to brown, you want a nice golden color.
  4. For the filling, mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1 and a half cups of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, vanilla, mascarpone cheese, and ricotta. After combined add in a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
  5. Refrigerate until the shells have cooled.
  6. Spoon filling inside shells and sprinkle with powdered sugar and extra chocolate chips.
  7. Serve immediately.


  1. Wow! Your cannolis looks amazing, I have a sweet tooth so I can’t wait to try your recipe 😀

  2. Oh my goodness! I’m sure my son would also love it! It’s really tempting.

  3. I’m trying to diet here! LOL My hubby would really enjoy these. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll surprise him by making these for him. (I will stlll help eat them, though.)

  4. Those look delicious. I have never had a cannoli before. You did a fabulous job

  5. holy frickin moly, that looks SO dang good! I would LOVE to be able to eat one of those right now, mmm-mmm! I’ll have to give this a try, thanks for sharing : )

  6. Will have to try this out. The kids have wanted cannoli since they first saw them on Cake Boss. Now we know how, so we will have to do it.

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