Wednesday, June 19 2024

Transport your taste buds to the sunny streets of Sicily with this exquisite recipe for Sicilian Cannoli.

These sweet, crispy pastries filled with creamy ricotta and hints of citrus are a delightful taste of Italy’s culinary heritage.

Follow along to learn how to create your own authentic Sicilian Cannoli, right in the comfort of your kitchen.





For the Cannoli Shells:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white wine (you can use Marsala wine for an authentic touch)
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Cannoli Filling:

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese, drained
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup candied orange peel, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios


Making the Cannoli Shells:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the softened butter and white wine. Mix until the dough comes together.
  2. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it’s smooth and elastic. Wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Roll out the dough as thinly as possible, aiming for a thickness of about 1/16 inch. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out circles, approximately 4-5 inches in diameter.
  4. Wrap each dough circle around a Cannoli mold or a metal tube, sealing the edges with a dab of egg white.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a deep, heavy pot to 350°F (175°C). Fry the Cannoli shells until they turn golden brown, which should take about 2-3 minutes. Remove them with a slotted spoon and let them drain on paper towels. Once cooled, carefully slide the shells off the molds.

Preparing the Cannoli Filling:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the drained ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  2. Gently fold in the candied orange peel, mini chocolate chips, and chopped pistachios into the ricotta mixture.

Assembling the Cannoli:

  1. Using a pastry bag or a zip-top bag with a corner snipped off, pipe the ricotta filling into both ends of each Cannoli shell, creating a creamy, decadent filling.
  2. Dust the finished Cannoli with powdered sugar to add a touch of sweetness.


Bringing the flavors of Sicily to your American table has never been easier.

These Sicilian Cannoli are a perfect blend of crispy and creamy, making them an unforgettable dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

Share them with your loved ones and experience a slice of Sicilian sweetness right at home.

Enjoy your homemade Sicilian Cannoli, a true taste of Italy’s heart!

Buon appetito!

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