Leave the fuss. Take the cannoli.

No guns here…just empty shells…cannoli shells.



I bought them from a local bakery, made a filling in about 10 minutes and now I can take my cannoli to my sweethearts…which just happens to be all of you.

Really, leave the fuss of making your own shells (unless of course you really want to). I pick and choose what I want to spend hours making…cannoli shells is not it.

Filling however…always too sweet when store or bakery bought…is so much better when I make it myself….especially if it’s this easy!

Bring some cannoli to someone you love!




Ingredients For the Filling

(enough for about 12 mini cannoli shells or 6 large shells)

1 15 oz (425 g) container of whole milk ricotta cheese

1 pint (473 ml) heavy cream

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup confectioners sugar (or to taste)

1 teaspoon (4.92 ml) lemon zest


In a mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks.



In a separate bowl, add the ricotta (drain it through a fine mesh sieve if it has extra liquid) and fold in the cream.

Add the sugar, the chips and the lemon zest and mix.


If you don’t have a pastry bar, make a cone with wax paper or parchment paper. Like this…



Fill the cone with the cannoli filling and squeeze the filling into each end of the shell. Continue until all the shells are filled, refilling you bag as needed.



Put them on a pretty platter and serve them to someone you love.



  1. Nika February 12, 2015 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Silvia,
    I love you and love your food! thank you for helping me to break out and try new things!
    this sounds amazing I will have to try it some day.

    • chefsilvia February 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Nika, I so needed to hear that right now! Thank you for the love. Love you too! Silvia

  2. DonnaZ February 12, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Hi Silvia,
    This sounds like the perfect project to do with my middle grandson but can you recommend a bakery in the New Milford area for the shells? Thanks. DonnaZ

    • chefsilvia February 12, 2015 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Donna, Yes, perfect to do with kids! I got my shells at Villarina’s Pasta Shop. I’m sure you know it because it has great fresh pasta of course, and so much more. But in case you don’t…here’s the address: 145 Danbury Road, New Milford. Oh do take a photo when you make them and post it on my FB page…https://www.facebook.com/ChefSilviaBianco

  3. Irma February 13, 2015 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Hi Silvia,
    Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.We do not have Italian bakeries around my area-
    unfortunately.I will plan to use this filling with some home made crepes.

    • chefsilvia February 14, 2015 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      Great idea Irma.Also you may want to look online to see if you can get the cannoli shells.

  4. Stacey February 14, 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Yum – really doesn’t sound too complicated from the ingredient list – but somehow I have a feeling my creation wouldn’t look nearly as beautiful as yours no matter the simplicity! Thanks sweetheart ;)

  5. april February 16, 2015 at 6:07 am - Reply

    oh my goodness, do those look delicious! thank you, silvia, for the (i think) easy recipe. :)

    • chefsilvia February 17, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      They really are easy April. I promise!!

  6. Jenn February 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    These look amazing and I think I’ll attempt to make these for an event next week :)

    • chefsilvia February 17, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Yeah Jenn. Take a photo when you make them and post to my FB page! Would love to see them.

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