I craved a cannoli but did't feel like going to all the effort of getting in my car and driving to the wonderful Italian bakery or even more involved of making them from scratch at home so these are a great alternative.
Cannoli Cream Cookies:
- 1 cup whole or part skim milk Ricotta
- 3-5 tablespoons of powdered sugar, depending on your sweet tooth
- 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Vanilla wafers or Tea cookies
Drain a cup of Ricotta is water logged in a paper towel lines strainer for several hours or overnight. Place the strained Ricotta in a mixing bowl, add vanilla, powdered sugar and almost all of the mini chocolate chips (reserve enough in a plate to roll the edges). Mix well with a fork and spoon cannoli cream on a cookie evenly, cover with a second cookie and roll in the reserved mini chips. If ships are not your 'thing', chopped pistachios are a great alternative.
These can store in the fridge for a few hours so if you are making just enough for a snack or a treat at tea time, keep the cannoli cream in an airtight container in the fridge till needed (image below)
Lucky for everyone, they accompany tea as well as coffee equally deliciously! What would you like to enjoy these with?