Total Time
5hrs 50mins
Prep 50 mins
Cook 5 hrs

Easy to make and served in sugar cones, replacing cannoli shells! From Food Network Magazine, June, 2011. Cooking time is chilling time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the ricotta in a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Refrigerate 30 minutes to drain.
  2. Transfer the ricotta to a large bowl. Add the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and almond extracts, and the orange zest and beat with a mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute. Fold in 3 Tbsp chopped chocolate.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until thick and cold, at least 1 hour.
  4. Transfer the ricotta mixture to a resealable plastic bag. Snip off one corner and pipe the mixture into the cones. Gently press the remaining chocolate and the pistachios into the ricotta mixture.
  5. Dust the cones with confectioners' sugar.
  6. You can fill the cones up to 4 hours in advance, cover and refrigerate, then dust with sugar just before serving.
Most Helpful

I wasn't sure what to expect since I don't recall ever having eaten a real cannoli, but these were very good. I used Creamy Ricotta Cheese (Homemade) instead of storebought ricotta, and I used light cream cheese. I omitted the pistachios (didn't have any, and don't really care for them anyhow). I did notice that the filled cones softened up by the time I finished taking a couple of photos, but I might not have drained my ricotta enough. No matter, though -- they weren't soggy, just not very crispy anymore. Now I'd like to try these with chocolate-dipped cones! Thanks for posting! Made for the Emerald City Shakers for ZWT7

Muffin Goddess June 10, 2011

I love cannoli, and these are a great substitute for the "real" thing! Very easy to make - I omitted the almond flavoring and orange zest and used extra vanilla. I also used Scharfenberger cocoa nibs as my chocolate morsels - yum! Made for ZWT7.

Marcasite Queen June 06, 2011

thank you for posting this recipe, you beat me to it. next time i am going to substitute mini semi sweet morsels for the bittersweet chocolate and increase the ricotta cheese and eliminate the cream cheese.

mandabears May 26, 2011