Pumpkin Cannoli

Picture of Pumpkin Cannoli

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

Looking for more pumpkin recipes...?

pancake tapioca smoothieseeds
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Time Management

Picture of 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
bajablue3 years ago
kyleslab3 years ago
Yum! They look great!
I love chocolate cannolis....Ok now I have to make some since they are one of my favorites.;)
scoochmaroo3 years ago
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.