For those either from New York or if you just wish you were, you know that one of the most amazing desserts on Earth is a cannoli. The outside is a flaky fried hollow shell and the filling is creamy and decadent. If you’ve never had one, now is the time! Start with this easy and cheap recipe to cheat your way into the best cannolis possible. The secret is going to your local grocery store and just buying a dozen empty cannoli shells.


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 12



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1 cup confectioners sugar
16 oz of whole milk ricotta cheese
1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs chocolate syrup
12 Cannoli Shells
*Tip: you can also ask for chocolate dipped shells instead if you’re feeling extra fancy.


1. Mix your ricotta cheese and powdered sugar until the mixture is smooth through out.
2. Stir in your chocolate chips and vanilla.


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3. Fill a pastry bag with the mixture (We just used a ziplock bag and snipped one of the ends.)


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4. Evenly squeeze the paste into the cannoli shells, we filled one side at a time because its way easier that way and as college students we take the easy way out whenever possible.


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5. Serve with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and powered sugar


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