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Mini Cannoli – Perfect For Parties

These mini cannoli are the easiest, most delicious and may I say cutest mini desserts ever. One of the ultimate Italian sweet treats in mini form, can it get much better than this?No. Make these mini cannoli in around 10-15 minutes and serve them up for game day treats, party food or well, just because.

Did I mention how cute these are?…

Mini cannoli dipped in dark and white chocolate on a plate

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I have had a cannoli obsession recently so when I came across these mini cannoli shells in the supermarket, my little heart skipped a beat and I HAD to buy them.

Because, how cute?!

Did I say these were great for parties because eating them with a cup of tea on the sofa watching movies is totally ok too.

Cannoli Shells

You can if you want, make cannoli shells from scratch, they aren’t that hard but making the shells can be quite time-consuming. You need to make the sweet pastry dough, let it rest, roll it out, cut it to size, wrap it around the cannoli tubes or molds and fry them.

Now that’s all great fun for a relaxing Sunday afternoon baking but if you want an impressive, quick and delicious dessert for entertaining and parties then these store-bought mini cannoli shells are perfect. They will also save you SO much time.

A close up of mini cannoli with chocolate chips on a plate

How To Make Mini Cannoli – Step By Step

First, you need to melt chocolate. I chose white and dark chocolate to create two different looks (and deliciousness).

Place a heatproof bowl over a small pot of simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water and the water doesn’t boil). Break the chocolate into pieces and melt, you’ll need to do this twice if using two different types of chocolate.

Once melted, dip each end of the mini cannoli shells into the chocolate and set aside on baking parchment to set and dry.

Tip: Try dipping the cannoli shells in chopped nuts or dried candied fruit whilst the chocolate is still wet.

Mini cannoli shells dipped in chocolate

The Cannoli Filling

Use good quality ricotta and whip it with a hand whisk until smooth. Add the sugar, chocolate chips and orange or lemon zest.

I prefer to use orange zest but lemon zest works great too. Also, you can use whatever flavoured chocolate chips you prefer. For these mini cannoli I used dark chocolate chips and reserved some for topping.

Transfer the filling to a piping bag with a smooth or star-shaped nozzle and place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Alternatively, you can place the mixture into the fridge if you’re not using filling them straight away.

When the mini cannoli shells have dried, pipe the ricotta filling into each one and top each end with candied orange peel or chocolate chips.

Enjoy!

mini cannoli with orange and dark chocolate on a wooden surface

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5 from 9 votes
Mini Cannoli
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

These mini cannoli are the easiest, most delicious and may I say cutest mini desserts ever. Easy to adapt with your favourite chocolate and flavourings, use fun sprinkles or keep them classic.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 20 mini cannoli
Calories: 109 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 20 mini cannoli shells
  • 14.1 oz (400g) good quality ricotta cheese
  • 1.7 oz (50g) dark chocolate
  • 1.7 oz (50g) white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (110g) extra fine caster sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup (80g) dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp chopped candied orange peel
Instructions
  1. Place a heatproof bowl over a small pot of simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water and the water doesn't boil). Break the chocolate into pieces and melt, you'll need to do this twice if using two different types of chocolate.
  2. Once melted, dip each end of the mini cannoli shells into the chocolate and set aside on baking parchment to set and dry.
  3. Whip the ricotta with a hand whisk until smooth. Add the sugar, around 2/3 of the chocolate chips and orange, stir everything together.

  4. I prefer to use orange zest but lemon zest works great too. Also, you can use whatever flavoured chocolate chips you prefer. For these mini cannoli I used dark chocolate chips and reserved some for topping.
  5. Transfer the filling to a piping bag with a smooth or star-shaped nozzle and place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Alternatively, you can place the mixture into the fridge if you're not using filling them straight away.

  6. When the mini cannoli shells have dried, pipe the ricotta filling into each one and top each end with candied orange peel and remaining chocolate chips.

Recipe Notes
  • Try dipping the cannoli shells in chopped nuts or dried candied fruit whilst the chocolate is still wet. Chopped hazelnuts and pistachios are best.
  • Try decorating the shells with sprinkles, think pink for Valentines Day, red and green for Christmas etc. 
  • Calories are per cannoli.
  • Tip - I prefer to fill the cannoli around 1 hour before serving so the shells are slightly softer. If you don't fill straight before serving.

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Marlee
    January 31, 2018 at 12:25 am

    This is a great recipe! I worked in a restaurant, making their cannolis and I can say from experience that I would much rather have had premade shells than making them some scratch!

  • Reply
    Amy Nash
    January 29, 2018 at 7:32 am

    I LOVE cannoli but didn’t even know you could buy cannoli shells premade and just fill them yourself! I seriously cannot wait to try these!

  • Reply
    Caroline @ Pinch Me, I'm Eating!
    January 29, 2018 at 2:45 am

    These look so good! I love how you dressed up the premade cannoli shells with the melted chocolate. I’ll have to keep an eye out for those! I’ll take a few of those and a cup of tea, thank you!

  • Reply
    michele
    January 25, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    You’re photography always inspires me! Its always spot on STUNNING!! Im thinking these will make an appearance at my Valentines day dinner with the hubs! 🙂

  • Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    January 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    OK – I need these. Pinned to try later! I’d love to have you share at our What’s for Dinner Party!
    http://www.lazygastronome.com/whats-dinner-sunday-link-132/#more-6926

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    Albert Bevia
    January 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I have always loved cannolis, funny enough the sell these shells in my super market here in Spain, love that you made 2 versions of these, white chocolate is one of my favorites! Thank you for the recipe and inspiration 🙂

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    Trang
    January 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    These are soooo cute!!! 😍 and I bet they’re amazingly delicious too!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    January 18, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Amazing photography of such an amazing dessert! I love cannoli! Can’t wait to try your recipe ♥

  • Reply
    Demeter
    January 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I know, mini foods are totally cute! And cute foods are the best. 🙂 These would be so perfect for a party!

  • Reply
    Laura
    January 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    They are so cute, I wish I could find them here in France. I like the chocolate coating in the cannoli, so if there are any left over the dough does not get soggy. Even if, there are never leftover

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    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    January 18, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    These mini cannoli look wonderful, and sound so delicious. So easy to make with the handy ready made shells. Perfect little bites of blissfullness to end a good meal well.

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