You don't usually hear people say, "This cannoli is missing something" but after the pumpkin version you may be thinking that next time you have a plain, boring, old cannoli.

Cannoli Shells
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup port
  • 1 Tbs brandy
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • 1 egg
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup pecans (or sprinkles if you prefer)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin (canned or roasted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon*
  • 1/2 tsp ginger*
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg*
  • 1/4 tsp allspice*
  • Dash of cardamon*
* Or substitute these five ingredients with 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice

  • Cannoli tubes
  • Sharp knife (or dovetail saw)
  • Baking sheets
  • Electric mixer
  • Wooden tongs (or other safe frying equipment)
  • Silicone mat (optional)
  • Baking dish, large
  • Pastry bag or tube
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Plastic wrap

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Step 1: Time Management

Several of these steps require a significant amount of down time. Save time by planning out which can be done a day or two in advance (shells or pumpkin) or performed in parallel. Or, which things are better to buy if you don't want to get all old-timey.

Thank god I stopped myself from making a Gantt chart, but it was close!

Step Order
Preheat oven
Toast pecans (5 minutes in oven)
Cut and clean pumpkin
Remove pecans from oven and start pumpkin roasting (in oven 1 hour)
Mix dough (mix time + wrap and set dough for 1 hour)
Mix filling (mix time + 1 hour in fridge)
If pumpkin is not done roasting at this point, mix all the other ingredients first and add pumpkin when it's ready
Make shells (frying time + chocolate + fridge time)
The filling and shells should be ready about the same time
Yum! They look great! <br>I love chocolate cannolis....Ok now I have to make some since they are one of my favorites.;)
Good lord I love cannoli. You are welcome at our house any time!
How cute! I love how you decorated them too! Really finishes them off.

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