Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Monday, 7th June 2010

Cannoli Siciliani has to be, in my opinion, the ultimate Italian pastry. The shells should be covered in bubbles to give you the most amazing crispy texture. The filling is absolutely divine! How could you go wrong with silky, whipped ricotta speckled with mini chocolate chips?  Sprinkle with icing sugar and you are ready to indulge in one of the best Italian Pastries.

A photo of Italian Cannoli placed in a row on a white dessert dish with a pink and white ribbon.

As a kid I couldn’t wait for Sundays, every Sunday on the way home from 10 o’clock mass we would stop at Angelo’s Bakery. We would pick up freshly baked bread, Italian deli meats and fresh cheese. I remember tugging at my mom’s skirt every time we passed the pastry counter, pointing out the Cannoli and Italian Custard Horns (Cannoncini). They are two of my most favourite Italian pastries. My Mom would always give in and home we went with a box full of the delicious Italian Desserts.

A close up photo of Sicilian Cannoli on a silver serving tray lined with small white doilies.

Fast forward all these years later and today I may go to the bakery (same one) alone (kids don’t enjoy the weekly ritual) but I almost always come home with a box of the same pastries. My kids love them too!

A close up photo of Traditional Sicilian Cannoli on a white dessert dish lined with white doilies.

A few years back I decided to try and make them at home and I am so happy I did. They are even better, especially if you fill the shells just prior to eating or serving them because the shells are crispier.

A photo of Italian Cannoli Pastries on a white cake stand with a blue and white ribbon.

I spent yesterday afternoon making about eighty shells in preparation for V’s bridal shower. I froze them and will fill the shells just prior to heading out the door for the shower.

A photo of Cannoli Pastries placed on top of a stack of white napkins set along side a white bag with a purple ribbon.

There are many recipes available for the shells but the dough for these shells are made with Marsala wine. The addition of Marsala makes a big difference in the taste of the shells and the use of the sweet wine is traditional. The filling is super easy to make but it’s imperative to drain the ricotta over night to achieve the silky smooth texture.

As you can see from the photos I had to make a batch just for home, the kids waited all day for their special treat, and yes they are all gone.

A close up photo of Cannoli Siciliani Pastries on a silver tray lined with white doilies.

You must try this recipe, these pastries are absolutely delicious!

If you enjoy Italian Desserts as much as I do you must try one of my most favourite Italian treats, Cicerchiata (Italian Honey Balls), deep-fried pastry balls dripping with honey. And of course I can’t go without mentioning another traditional Italian Dessert, Panna Cotta; it’s a family favourite and it can be paired with many different flavours. A pairing perfect for the summer is Panna Cotta and Raspberry Jelly Parfait and for the Holiday Season, Vanilla-Coconut Panna Cotta with Pomegranate Jelly.

A photo of two empty Cannoli shells.

Italian Cannoli

A close up photo of two Cannoli Siciliani on a white dessert dish with a cup of tea.

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Comments (90)

90 Responses to “Cannoli Siciliani – The Ultimate Italian Pastry”

  1. Martha Says:

    Cannolis are one of my favorite pastries as well! I might skip out on the shells my first time around, but I definitely want to attempt making my own filling and enjoy a homemade cannoli – thanks for sharing this!

  2. Grace Says:

    Martha you are most welcome. I was intimidated by the shells my first time, but believe it or not it’s just like making fresh pasta, pretty easy, just a little time consuming (a labour of love).

  3. Deborah Says:

    I just stumbled across your blog and can tell that I’ll need to spend some time going through previous post. Lovely photography and delicious recipes! I love cannolis and have had a request from a friend to make some again. Might be time to try a new reipe!

  4. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Deborah! This is a great recipe, please let me know if you have a chance to try it, would love your feedback.

  5. Marly Says:

    Wow – these look spectacular! Are they low calorie too? Just kidding. I have a feeling I know the answer to that one!

  6. Grace Says:

    Too funny Marly, don’t think I ever made anything low cal.

  7. susan Says:

    these look spectacular! i LOVED cannolis in college. I just may have to bring back those glorious days and make some of these!

  8. Grace Says:

    Thank you Susan!

  9. Gale Reeves Says:

    My brother loves these, but we live in TN, and you just don’t find these on every corner. I think I read that your daughter is the photographer….these are GREAT images!

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  11. Brie Says:

    wow, that is some sexy and scrumptious looking cannoli.

  12. Cajun Chef Ryan Says:

    Love me some cannoli! These look wonderful!

  13. Grace Says:

    Thanks Chef, these are my absolute favourite

  14. Camala - CC Recipe Says:

    Oh, Wow…these look fabulous, I love Cannoli’s and whenever I go anywhere that has them in a case I just stare at them:) Just like I am staring at these, lovely pictures!

  15. Kristi Rimkus Says:

    What a beautiful dish! I love your pictures. Terrific presentation.

  16. Jeanette Says:

    What beautiful cannoli’s! I’ve never seen a recipe for the dough. I always thought people just bought them and filled them.

  17. Grace Says:

    Thanks for stopping by for a visit Jeanette. I thought the shells would be more difficult to make than they were and they taste so much better than the ones you buy. The recipe makes quite a few. I usually freeze a good portion of the batch and then fill when I need them. The cannoli are best eaten fresh. I usually fill right before I am ready to serve so the shell stays crisp.

  18. The Enchanted Cook Says:

    Your cannoli’s look heavenly! Yum! Congrats on the Top 9!


  19. Grace Says:

    Thanks Veronica!

  20. Kita Says:

    These look divine. I love a good cannoli. :)

  21. briarrose Says:

    Beautiful. I would be hard pressed to stop with one. ;)

  22. Grace Says:

    I can never eat just one, I try, but it never happens.

  23. Cook is Good Says:

    Delicious. I literally LOVE cannoli sicialiani.Congrats on the TOP 1 ;-D

  24. Grace Says:

    Thanks Giorgia!

  25. Joan in Seattle Says:

    These are beautiful and look delicious. I love cannoli; they make me think of North Beach in San Francisco on my honeymoon. The cannoli may be just the thing to get me to buy a pasta attachment for my Kitchenaid. Thank you for posting!

  26. Grace Says:

    Thanks Joan, I bought one of those attachments, so handy! I was just in North Beach last week, love San Fran.

  27. Jenny Says:

    wow, these look so amazing. Great post :)

  28. BigFatBaker Says:

    Wow those look fabulous. After reading this post I realized I wasn’t eating enough cannoli! It’s hard for me to find them :( I was wondering if is it possible to roll out the dough with a rolling pin? I (unfortunately) don’t have a stand mixer.

  29. Grace Says:

    Would you happen to have a crank pasta machine, that would work. I think if you could roll the dough out thin enough by hand it would definitely work.

  30. Potato Chops and Boneless Chicken Says:

    My God, how lush. Cannolis are one of my absolute favourites. You’ve given me a real craving. YUM!!

  31. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen Says:

    I want one of these babies now! Fabulous! :)

  32. Karen Says:

    Wow! These look amazing! I think I could eat way too many of these cannoli. Congrats on the Top 9!

  33. Grace Says:

    Thanks Karen

  34. Debbie Says:

    OH these look fabulous! I made some the other day, but have yet to make my own shells. I love the story about getting to stop by the bakery every sunday, reminds me of the donut shop that I got to go to after church :-) THanks

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  39. Matteo Says:

    They are absolutely amazing! And I’m from Sicily.

  40. Grace Says:

    Thank you Matteo coming from you that means so much!

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  45. Sam Says:

    amazing i will be making it next week. can’t wait.


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  47. Natalie Says:

    Is there a way to print your recipes without all the other information?

  48. Grace Says:

    Natalie I’ve recently added the print feature but I have yet to go back to each recipe to add the format, is there a particular one you are interested in? I will go in and add the feature to the respective recipes for you.

  49. Dedee Royale Says:

    Perfect crunch on the shells! Best recipe I found yet. I used Crisco butter flavored shortening and 7 Tbsp. Marsala wine. Don’t be intimidated – this is no harder than making a pie crust.

  50. Grace Says:

    So happy you enjoyed Dedee. A lot of people are intimidated but they really are quite easy to make.

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