Your favorite Italian dessert is now a Cannoli cheese ball that is easy to make and fun to serve!
Cannolis are such a fun Italian dessert. Maybe one of my favorites but making cannoli shells with cannoli tubes is such a pain in the ass! In an attempt to make cannolis easier, I made a version into s’mores. My Cannoli S’mores are a fun way to make cannolis without a lot of the fuss and still get the crispy texture of the cannoli shells without using cannoli tubes. I have tried to make the shells from scratch and have failed so many times!!!
Let’s face it, everyone needs an easier option to their favorite dessert when your time is short and you are stressed and you just want to get the food into your mouth as fast as possible.
Have you tried my other sweet cheese balls? If not, you are missing out for sure! Grab a fistful of my Italian Cream Cake Cheese Ball or my Peppermint Mocha Cheese Ball. Have you ever had a Breakfast Cheese Ball? Mine is loaded with fruit, yogurt, and rolled in healthy granola! What a fun way to start the day, right?
But right now we are talking about dessert so let’s get back to this Cannoli Cheese Ball!
Making cannolis is a hard thing to do!
Have you ever made a cannoli from scratch? I have attempted this only once and the reason why I only did it once was that it was a pain in the A$%! Making the dough, cutting it out, wrapping it around the cannoli forms, frying or baking the shells. Even while doing all this you still need to make the filling!
My Cannoli Cheese Ball makes the whole process of making cannolis easier and you can get the cannoli in your mouth faster. My hack for making the process easier, besides making the filling into a creamy and sweet cheese ball, is to use cinnamon graham sticks instead of cannoli shells. Just like my cannoli smores, you can use pie crust instead of traditional cannoli shells but I recommend using a sturdier dipping vehicle.
Cannoli filling is the best part of the cannoli in my opinion but the original filling is a little loose for a cheese ball so I added some cream cheese to the mix. You can’t forget the little bit of orange zest that rounds out the flavors so I add orange extract to the mix but if you have an orange on hand it would be better to use some fresh orange zest.
Once you get the ingredients mixed and shaped into a ball, you can’t forget about the mini chocolate chips that are usually on the ends of the cannolis. Roll the cannoli cheese ball in the mini chocolate chips and your cannoli is now complete!
My cannoli cheese ball is going to be the MVP at your next party!
Cannoli Cheese Ball
Do you love cannolis? Try this Cannoli Cheese Ball as a fun new way to make, try, taste, and eat them! Cannolis make everything better!
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup whole fat ricotta
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups mini chocolate chips
graham cracker sticks with cinnamon
Mix together the cream cheese, ricotta cheese, orange zest, and orange extract.
Add the powdered sugar and mix to combine.
Shape the mixture into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
Chill for at least 30 minutes.
When ready to serve, roll the cannoli cheese ball in the mini chocolate chips to coat evenly.
Serve with graham cracker sticks or graham crackers.
If the ricotta has an excess of liquid, drain it over a strainer for at least a half an hour before mixing with the cream cheese.
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If you like cannoli as much as I do you need to try this cannoli crostini or this cannoli dip!