We have a favorite Italian restaurant that we visit regularly. I just love their food, but one thing that we all love is their cannoli. It’s so smooth and creamy and delicious. I don’t want to go to all that work, so I make a lazy version I call Cannoli Cookies.
Cannoli is a serious endeavor. You have to have make and fry the shells, and I just don’t have time for that. So, I make a lazy version. You don’t even have to make dough. You can just use refrigerated pie crust.
To start, get two refrigerated pie crusts, unroll them and cut out circles. I used a mason jar lid and got about 12 circles out of each pie crust, which will make 12 cookies.
Sprinkle them with a little sugar and bake at 400 for about 8 minutes.
Next, take about 1/4 cup of whipping cream and whip it until soft peaks form. Then measure out 1 cup of ricotta cheese and 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.
Fold in the whipped cream and chocolate chips and gently mix until smooth.
Then, transfer to a gallon size storage bag and cut off one of the corners.
Pipe about a tablespoon or so onto 12 of the cookies. Then, add the top cookie and roll the sides in mini chocolate chips. Serve immediately!
Because these have ricotta and whipped cream, prepare them just before serving so that the filing won’t melt. You can also make the cookies and the filling up ahead of time. Just store the filling in the fridge for up to three days.
Love cannoli? Make a lazy version with these cannoli sandwich cookies
10 minPrep Time
8 minCook Time
18 minTotal Time
- 2 refrigerated pie crusts
- 1 cup of mini chocolate chips
- 8 oz ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup whipped cream
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar ( turbinado preferred )
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Unroll pie crusts and cut out circles. I used a mason jar lid for 3-inch circles.
- Sprinkle each pie cookie with sugar. Then, bake for 8 minutes or until golden.
- Whip the whipping cream until it forms soft peaks.
- Fold in whipped cream and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the ricotta until smooth.
- Transfer ricotta mix into a gallon storage bag and cut one corner off.
- Pipe the ricotta mixture onto 12 of the cookies. Then top with second cookie.
- Roll the sides of the cookies in the other 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.
- Serve immediately.
These cannoli cookies are probably what Santa is going to get to munch on while he’s dishing out presents this year. I think he’s going to love them!