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Course: Filled Cookies, Fried CookiesDifficulty: Difficult



Italian tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta.


  • For the pastry:
  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 3/4 cup Marsala wine

  • 1 large egg slightly beaten

  • For the filling:
  • 3 pounds ricotta cheese

  • 1-3/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons chopped citron

  • 1/4 mini mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels

  • For decoration (optional):
  • melted chocolate

  • Mini chocolate morsels

  • Chocolate shavings

  • Chopped nuts

  • Glacé fruit


  • Make the pastry:
  • Sift flour, sugar and cinnamon together on to a bread board or table top. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour wine into it. Knead dough until smooth and stiff,about 15 mins. If dough feels wet and sticky add more flour,if too dry, add more wine. Cover dough and let stand for 2 hours in cool place.roll out very thin and cut into 5 inch (12 cm) circles and wrap around metal cannoli forms (5 inches long by 1 inch in diameter). Fold dough around form loosely so that 1/4 of form sticks out on the ends. Seal dough on by brushing with egg yoke, and fry 2 cannoli at a time in deep hot fat until brown on both sides. Lift out gently with slotted spoon or tongs, drain on paper towels to cool.
  • Make the filling:
  • Beat ricotta in a large bowl for 1 minute, add sugar and beat until very light and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, citron, and chocolate bits, mix until blended. Keep filling in refrigerator until ready to use. Makes enough to fill 25 cannoli shells.
  • Decorate:
  • If desired, dip ends in melted chocolate. Decorate ends with more mini chocolate chips, chopped pistachios, or glacé fruit, pressing into the cheese filling.



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Fantastic, a lot of work but well worth the effort!
- A Baker

This is a classic favorite! We loved these.
- A Baker
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