A delicious Italian-inspired pastry. Cannoli shells are filled with a delectable mixture of ricotta cheese, sugar, almonds, chocolate and amaretto. Serve as a snack, dessert, with wine or a cup of tea or coffee.
Cannoli shells can be purchased online. If cocktail cherries are unavailable, use glace cherries instead. 1/8 teaspoon almond extract and 1 tablespoon water can be used in place of amaretto.
We LOVED this filling! I drained the ricotta for two days (got busy and left it draining in the fridge longer than planned), but it must have helped because it was not runny when mixed as some others stated. Left out the almonds, but I didn't miss them. Great recipe, just be sure to fully drain your ricotta so it's a thicker mixture to pipe into the shells. - 01 Jul 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Excellent recipe - I have made this a few times and have now settled on smooth ricotta cheese and a touch more amaretto ;-) - 05 Oct 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I SO regret making this recipe... It is just SOOOO good!!!! I used 3/4 pint of ricotta and 1/4 pint whipped cream stirred together. I also soaked the cherries in amaretto for a few hours prior to making. This is definitely a 'birthday-and-special-occasion' treat! Thanks, Janice! - 11 Oct 2004 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)