Wednesday, December 18, 2013

At Home: Ice Cream Cone Cannolis

If you know me by now, you know I am all about recipes that have "easy", "shortcut", or "no bake" in the title or description.  I wanted to make another fun dessert for our cousin Alanna's baby shower, but didn't want anything too complicated since we were already making cupcakes, cake pops, and candied popcorn.  Also, being the holiday season, I thought these Ice Cream Cone Cannolis would be a perfect party pleaser. Turns out I was right!  The cannoli cream needs to be prepared the night before, yet is a cinch to make.  Check out the easy recipe below on What Micky Eats...At Home

Ice Cream Cone Cannolis (Makes 12. Adapted from Cookies & Cups)
  • 24 oz. ricotta
  • ¾ cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, plus extra for melting and decorating
  • 12 sugar cones

- Place ricotta in a strainer lined with a cheese cloth or paper towel, and set over a bowl.
- Let ricotta sit overnight in the refrigerator to strain thoroughly, occasionally squeezing to help release the liquid.
- Discard the liquid.  Add strained ricotta, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips into a bowl and mix until combined thoroughly.
- Place cream in a piping bag or ziplock, and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

It's helpful to have a second pair of hands to hold the cones as you fill. Thanks, Corrine! 

- Melt some chocolate, then dip the rim of each sugar cone in the chocolate and coat with mini chocolate chips.
- Set cones on parchment paper to cool and set.
- When ready to serve, take the bag of cannoli cream and fill each cone.
- Serve immediately.  (The cones will get soggy if you fill them too far in advance.)


Using ice cream cones instead of going to all the trouble of making my own shells was genius! Plus, they just made for cute vessels and were easy for people to walk around with at the party.  You can add 1 teaspoon of vanilla or the zest of an orange or lemon to give the cream a different flavor.  I added just a hint of pink sugar crystals to the rims for the "girly factor" of the baby shower, but regular colored sprinkles or chopped pistachios would be great too.  These "Mama"nnolis were the star of the dessert table.  I would definitely make the cannolis again for another party.

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