Cannoli's are one of those dessert that draws a line in the sand and plants people firmly on one side or the other of the love it hate it boundary. Personally, dry, often stale pastry shells dusted with too much confectioners' sugar just doesn't do it for me. But the filling, that's what makes it for me. I would always scoop out the middle leaving the ring behind and leave behind the crust (yeah, I'm going to offend some serious cannoli lovers with this, but I'm calling it a crust). I know some people who shrivel their nose at the sound of then traditional Sicilian dessert and others who can't pass up the opportunity to try a new bakery's version. (Personally, I love the one's down at D'Lorenzo's - a warm fresh dough sliced and filled. Heaven.)

When I spotted this version of the cannoli, with cute little ice cream cones and barely any work, I knew I had to try them. I just wish I had seen them before my step-sisters wedding shower. Tell me these wouldn't have been perfect! So the next time you want a down and dirty quick and easy dressed up dessert to impress your neighbors, this is it.


Cannoli Cones

from Food Network Magazine June 2011


  • 1 ¼ cups ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teas vanilla extract
  • ¼ teas almond extract
  • 1 teas finely grated orange zest
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (about 2 ounces)
  • 6 sugar cones
  • 2 tbs finely chopped pistachios


Pour the ricotta cheese over a fine-mesh sieve, folded cheese cloth, or several folded paper towels and drain 30 minutes.

Place the ricotta in a large bowl and add the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and almond extract. Mix with a hand mixer until smooth and fluffy. Fold in 3 tbs of the chopped chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour, until thick.

Spoon ricotta mixture into a ziplock bag, twist the top and push the mixture towards one corner. Snip off a corner with scissors and pipe dollops into the sugar cones. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate and pistachios over the mixture. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.

*If you don't have a need to make all of the cones at once, you can store the remaining filling in an air tight container in the fridge for a few days. Scoop out and serve as needed for a little cannoli hit.



  1. This is a really cool idea 🙂 The cones look lovely 🙂

  2. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says:

    This is one of the few Italian things that I've never been able to embrace at all. I don't get the appeal. So, to see it given an overhaul makes me happy. I can deal with sugar cones and the lack of pastry bags!

  3. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Such a fun one!

  4. Belinda @zomppa says:

    These are wonderful! I can totally picture them at a shower or party...or really, just for myself.

  5. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    Amazing idea! I love a good cannoli, but they are so hard to come by. This is just genius!

  6. Anita at Hungry Couple says:

    Very creative although I hate to tell you that I actually like the shell of cannolis better than the filling. 🙂

  7. Emily @ Life on Food says:

    I am on the side of cannoli. Love, love that you put it in a waffle cone. A great idea that I am going to be trying out for myself soon.

  8. amanda @ fake ginger says:

    I love this! So simple but so cute!

  9. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I LOVE this idea! So much easier!

  10. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee says:

    I've made cannolis before and they were so good. And then I juststarted to eat the extra cannoli cream from the bowl every time I opened the fridge. Major self control issues there.

    I would have to mix mini chocolate chips through out instead of just topping it. Love them in there

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