Tired of the same old pie or cookie for dessert? How about a cannoli? These fun, tube shaped pastries originated in Sicily and can be found in most Italian bakeries. Traditionally filled with sweet ricotta cheese or marscapone, today’s cannoli recipes have evolved with all kinds of unique twists. In fact, our Key Lime Cannolis recipe is one of the most all-time popular recipes on our website.
Traditional cannoli shells are made from an almond-based dough that wrapped around a cannoli tube and deep fried to crispy perfection.
Fun Fact: The original cannoli recipe called for wrapping the cannoli crust around a sugar cane stalk!
In an effort to take some of the mess out of the process, our Key Lime Cannoli recipe is oven baked, which also drops the fat content a bit. (In a pinch, you could also start with pre-made cannoli shells, which can be purchased from most grocery stores; however we much prefer the homemade version.)
We’ve filled these slightly sweet and crunchy shells with a key lime flavored cream cheese/ricotta filling. (Think a sweet/tart thick and creamy pudding.) The key lime filling is so good that you’ll be tempted to eat it right from the bowl (and trust us, we’ve done it), but be sure to save enough to fill your cannoli shells.
Homemade cannolis are impressive at any gathering, from baby showers to backyard barbeques. Just be sure not to fill the shells more than an hour before serving or they will become soft.
This Key Lime Cannoli recipe is kid-friendly too. Little chefs will have fun spooning the filling inside each one.
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