You only need a handful of ingredients to make these Easy Homemade Cannolis! Crisp cannoli shells are filled with a lightly sweetened whipped ricotta with hints of citrus and vanilla. The ends are dipped in chocolate chips, toasted almonds or pistachios.
The day before you plan on making cannolis, wrap the ricotta in a couple layers of cheesecloth. Next, place it into a fine mesh strainer that is set over a larger bowl. Place a small plate on top of the wrapped ricotta and weigh it down with a heavy can or two. Lastly, place the whole thing into your fridge for 18 to 24 hours. This is enough time to drain any liquid from the ricotta.
Prepare the cannoli shells by dipping the ends into the espresso chocolate and chill until the chocolate has hardened.
Once strained, mix it with the powdered sugar, orange zest, vanilla and lemon extract.
Next, fold in the mini chocolate chips and then transfer this mixture to a piping bag that is fitted with a piping tip. Make sure the hole in the tip is large enough to pass a mini chip because otherwise it may get clogged.
Pipe the filling into the cannoli shells.
FOR THE ESPRESSO CHOCOLATE:
In a medium bowl, set over a pot with simmering water; melt the chocolate with the prepared espresso (1 tablespoon + 1/4 cup boiling water) and the coconut oil until smooth. The simmering water shouldn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.
Dip the ends of each side of the cannoli shells into the espresso chocolate. Then place onto a parchment lined baking sheet and pop them into your fridge. This will harden the chocolate, creating a shell.
Then allow this mixture to cool and set up a bit before dipping the cannoli shells.