These little Cannoli Bites are perfect fresh the day of and are a fast and fun alternative to a traditional cannoli.

Cannoli Bites | Kita Roberts

Cannoli Without the Cannoli

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, bites of dry, often stale pastry shells dusted with too much confectioners’ sugar just don’t do it for me. But the filling, that’s what makes me smile. I would always scoop out the middle 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.)

Cannoli Bites | Kita Roberts

Mini Cannoli Bites are simple

When I spotted this version of the cannoli, with cute little cups and way less work, I knew I had to try them. Perfect to please the “I’m not sure I want a whole Cannoli” Crowd as well. So the next time you want a down and dirty quick and easy dressed up dessert to impress your neighbors, this is it.

Cannoli Bites Recipe | Kita Roberts

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Mini Cannoli Bites

These little Cannoli Bites are perfect fresh the day of and are a fast and fun alternative to a traditional cannoli.
4.50 from 8 votes
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Author: Kita Roberts
1 hour 20 minutes
Serves: 12


  • 15 oz whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 classic pie dough recipe
  • 3 tbs sugar in the raw
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting


  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the ricotta, confectioners' sugar, sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
  •  Place in a resealable storage bag or container and place in fridge for at least one hour before making the bites.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Dust a clean work surface with flour, sprinkle the raw sugar and cinnamon over the dough and roll out the pie dough to about 1/4" - 1/8" thick. 
  • Using a 2 1/2" round cookie cutter cut out pastry rounds. 
  • Gently press each round into a mini muffin tin. Place a few ceramic pie weights in each round, if desired. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely. Remove ceramic pie weights with a toothpick (make sure you get all of them... trust me on this one) Re-roll leftover dough and repeat as needed.
  • When ready to serve, pipe filling into each pie crust. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and dust with additional confectioners' sugar if desired.


from Pillsbury


Serving: 1g | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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The Internet is a Strange Place these days…

Have you heard of this new thing called ‘catfishing‘? Apparently, people are making up personalities and using them to have fake relationships with people online. Pretend to have a shocked face. Seriously people, this is the internet. But I do think it’s all rather sad. The internet is such a huge part of our lives today, and I have made so many friends in this food blogging world – I would hate to find out that someone wasn’t who they said they were, but was rather some hairy man in his grandmothers basement surrounded by boxes of tissues and howling cats that hadn’t moved in forty days. But, these ‘catfisher’s’ build believable lives, stories, fictitious friends and events for themselves. If you have friends on facebook, you have to be real right? Who has that kind of time? Then they find people and string them along. All of it (to be a little old school)  just ain’t right.

Don’t drag me into it.

A week or so ago I opened an unusual email where someone was grasping at straws trying to put together the story of an identity they had met online who was so kind as to include myself in their not-so-grand scheme. After reading it, I did what every person does and a quick Google search of the name. And it brought up nothing… well… it’s 2013, if you aren’t in Google, you’re pretty much dead to me. Second, they said they were friends with a famous food blogger (me). Ok, that parts hilarious. And flattering. My head instantly grew like three sizes bigger. There were so many things I wanted to say to this person, but I didn’t want to come off as a total bi-otch. But nothing I could think of didn’t sound downright mean and where normally that’s not a problem, it seemed like this person was having a bad enough day. I didn’t need to rub their nose in it.

How do you reply though? “Um, yeah…. good luck with all that” or do you knock some common sense into them. “It’s 2013. People are crazy easy to find on the internet. Unnervingly so. If you can’t find your made up lover of 5 years and they haven’t come to see you yet – they are not real.” At the end of they day I simply answered, I do not know this person. And hit send. Not a great answer,  but what was?

So, Catfisher, who ever you are.

If you are going to use this famous blogger to string along your catch, first, follow me on facebook with your fake personality. Then I can’t say I haven’t spoken with you. It could be possible. And, know that there are like 3 ‘famous’ food bloggers outside of our little food blogger world. Sure, tons that are amazing to me. But really, like 3 people I’d call ‘famous’. No, scratch that, my father has no idea who the Pioneer Woman is… Make up some fake accounts with that fake name. Come on, if your going to be a creeper on the internet at least be a good one. Commit to it. Comment on some forums in your fake name. Post some pics! Google loves that. Lastly, I say get a hobby. Something like knitting or picking up trash. That way you can’t actively stare at a computer screen all day and your hands would be too busy to type or tweet or text. Are you really going to dig yourself when you look back and realize lying to people over the internet was how you spent your days?

If you are catfishing and want to your victim something to nibble on, these aren’t it. They totally won’t hold up in the mail. But for those of you who aren’t these little bites are perfect fresh the day of and are a fast and fun alternative to a traditional cannoli.


    1. If only Dudette would post a review too! They are so freakin cute. 😀

  1. I hadn’t heard of catfishing before until the whole thing happened with the Notre Dame player. But these cannoli bites are adorable!

  2. Ok these are perfect – so much easier than making traditional cannoli! And wow, that story is creepy. So kind of whoever it was to include you in their charade…

  3. Ohh catfishing. So crazy. I even get a little weirded out with online dating–but considering I met my beau on there and he’s totally real I suppose it’s all good 🙂 Also, these look fantastic. I have all the stuff to make them, so I think I shall!

  4. I was wondering what that SNL skit was about this past week. Looks like I’m going to have some laughs Googling “Catfishing” tonight =) And yeah, thanks for the perfect Superbowl dessert idea!

  5. People are insane. Thanks for all the tips on creating a fake personality, looks like I’ve been doing all the right things ;D (kidding, kidding!) Love these little bites, what a great idea!

  6. Lol, what a funny story. Have you watched Catfish on MTV. It’s ridiculous. I can’t believe how some people actually fall in love with someone online who always makes up excuses for not skyping or coming to visit. It’s like duh people!

    These little bites are perfection! Love cannoli!

  7. The term catfishing is new to me (only figured it out after that football players story came out), but it seems like people are crazy and will do anything for fun. It’s totally weird and MTV has a TV show about catfishing. Thanks for the mini cannolis!

  8. I’ve heard of catfishing, long before the internet. It usually involved a catfish at the end of the line. There are so many sad, freaky people out there. Unfortunately the internet has made it easy for them to reach out to us normal freaky people. Super cute cannolis!

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