Cannoli Cream Chocolate Truffles - easy truffle dessert recipe like Italian cannolis
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Cannoli Cream Chocolate Truffles

Cannoli Cream Chocolate Truffles, a fun candy based on the popular Italian cannoli pastry. 
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 30 truffles
Author Lisa Huff



  • Place Cannoli Chips in food processor and process until coarse crumbs.
  • Mix together chip crumbs, powdered sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, and salt until well combined. Mix in a little ricotta at a time until soft batter forms. Mix in the vanilla extract then mini chocolate chips. 
  • Using a small scoop or spoon, scoop the dough onto a silicone mat or parchment paper-lined baking sheet, then roll each candy in your hand to form a ball. Refrigerate about 15-20 minutes or until chilled and firm.
  • Remove candy from the refrigerator. Using a fork or candy dipper dip each candy in melted chocolate and place back on lined baking sheet. Sprinkle tops with chopped pistachios.
  • Place back in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes or until set. Store in fridge until ready to serve. 


SNAPPY TIPS: Be sure your ricotta is fairly firm and not too watery. If it's too runny, drain before using. The finished candy balls should be fairly firm so use a little ricotta at a time until everything sticks together.
SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Instead of ricotta, you could use mascarpone cheese. Instead of mini chocolate chips, you could use finely chopped chocolate. Instead of cannoli chips, you could try unfilled cannoli shells, vanilla wafers, or graham crackers but may need to add additional powdered sugar.
MELTED CHOCOLATE: I used the remaining mini chocolate chips from what was left of a bag after adding some to the candy. I melted the remaining chips (and a few more) in the microwave with a little vegetable oil. You may need slightly more chocolate to cover all the candy depending on how thick you want the outside shell and depending on how large you make your candy. Some chocolate chips do not melt very well, so you have that problem you can instead use a chocolate bar, candy melts, or chopped chocolate. Depending on the size you make these truffles you'll need roughly 2 cups of melted chocolate.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: chocolate truffle recipe, Italian cannoli dessert
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