Cannoli Shells

Cannoli is one of my very favorite desserts! You can purchase cannoli shells at most grocery stores, but if you’re looking for an amazing cannoli you must make your own shells. It really isn’t difficult to make.

Homemade Cannoli Shells
It looks sort of plain compared to fancy little hand-painted French macarons, but I enjoy them so much more. I love the textures of homemade cannoli; a crispy shell, creamy filling and the occasional bite of dark chocolate or crunchy pistachios. Then slowly you taste the hint of cinnamon and orange, yum…..

When pastries have multiple textures and flavors, it lures me back to taste more and more. When each bite has a slightly different ratio, that slays my taste buds!

How To Make Homemade Cannoli Shells:

Once you fall in love with my cannoli filling, you’ll want to make your own shells. Click here for the cannoli filling recipe.

Homemade Cannoli Filling that's better than any bakery! You can customize your filling to your tastes with this perfect base recipe.|

Fearless Bakers Homemade Cannoli Filling
Cannoli Shells
Easy to make and handle cannoli shells. Recipe was adapted from "Italian Cooking Class Cookbook", by The Editors Of Consumer Guide, 1982.
Course: Italian
Servings: 22
Author: Wendy DeBord
  • 1 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour 430 ml
  • 2 tbsp . Granulated Sugar 30ml
  • 2 tbsp Cold Butter 30ml
  • 1 Large Whole Egg
  • 3 tbsp . Cold Water 45ml
  • 3 tbsp . White Wine 45ml
  1. In a bowl or mixer, mix together flour and sugar.
  2. Cut-in cold butter into flour/sugar mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine; egg, water and wine.
  4. Stir liquids well to break up egg.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into flour/sugar/butter mixture and stir well.
  6. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  7. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface.

cannoli dough

Forming Cannoli Shells

You can find these forms at a lot of discount kitchen stores, they are usually sold in packs of 4. Lightly spray your metal form with pan spray. Center the form on your dough. Wrap one side of the dough over the form, dab or brush the edge of the other side and over-lap where they meet in the middle. Press firmly to bond the two sides together.

Cannoli dough on the formsIf you keep your forms standing up-right, you won’t have to worry about the dough sticking to the counter. Use a thermometer to gauge the heat of your oil. Fry at 350F.

Frying cannoli shellsBe careful when moving the hot forms around, there’s usually a little oil that will drip out of the center.

Cannoli Shells

You can see on the right side of this photo, that a couple of my first shells opened up while frying because I didn’t have them sealed well. Just go back and double check before frying. Cook your shells until they are a deep golden brown.

  • If you store your shells in a sealed storage container, they will last 4 weeks.
  • You can also store them in your freezer, if you have the space.
  • When selling these in volume, coat the inside of the shells with chocolate. Chocolate creates a moisture barrier between the crisp shell and the soft filling, that gives you a longer shelf-life. I found using a coating chocolate for dipped ice cream cones worked well, and was an inexpensive chocolate choice.

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