Four Ways Cannoli Filling

Elsa Beene


Making cannoli shells from scratch is a challenge, but making cannoli filling is fun. You can do experiments to create kinds of flavor.


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28 to 32 cannolis
No-Cook or Other



  • 1 pkg
    15 oz ricotta cheese, whole milk
  • 1 pkg
    8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1 pkg
    8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pkg
    4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 ½ c
    powder sugar

  • 1 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp
    instant coffee powder
  • ½ tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch

  • ½ c
    sweetened coconut flake, toasted
  • ·
    grated lemon zest from 2 lemons

  • 1 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp
    ground cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp
    rum extract
  • 1 pinch

  • ·
    1½ - 2 oz dark chocolate candy melts, melted
  • ·
    1½ - 2 oz white chocolate candy melts with vanilla flavor, melted
  • ·
    combine ½ tsp sea salt and ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper, for sprinkle
  • ·
    ½ tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 28 - 30
    homemade or store bought cannoli shells

How to Make Four Ways Cannoli Filling


  1. In a large bowl, add ricotta cheese, mascarpone cheese, cream cheese and goat cheese. Using an electric mixer with medium speed, beat the cheeses until well combined, smooth and creamy.
  2. Turn the mixer speed to low, add powder sugar, ½ cup at a time and beat to combine. Turn the mixer off.
  3. Divide cream into 4 equal portions and transfer each portion into 4 separate medium bowls.
  4. Bowl #1: add cocoa powder, coffee instant, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt into cream. Stir with rubber spatula until well combined, this cream mixture is mocha flavor. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Repeat remaining bowl #2, #3 and #4 for coconut lemon, chocolate cayenne and rum flavor.
  6. Transfer each cannoli filling flavors into 4 separate pastry bags with or without a tip. Fill cannoli shells from both end sides of the shells. Each flavors can fill 7 to 8 cannoli shells.
  7. For decoration:
    1. Dip a fork into melted chocolate and drizzle on top of cannolis:
    - melted dark chocolate for chocolate cayenne and rum flavor
    - melted white chocolate for coconut lemon and mocha flavor
    2. After drizzling melted chocolate, sprinkle cayenne sea salt on top of chocolate cayenne flavor and dust cocoa powder on top of mocha flavor.

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About Four Ways Cannoli Filling

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtag: #cannoli

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