Sicilian Cannoli

Making authentic Sicilian Cannoli could not be simpler with “Cannoli di Sicilia” ready made cannoli shells FROM SICILY! As with many of our recipes, simplicity seems to be always best, would you agree? If you have the very best ingredients, use them and just get out of the way. In this case, taking the time to make a batch of “Homemade Ricotta” is well worth it and it really is soooo easy!

Making Sicilian Cannoli

Making Sicilian Cannoli

Once the ricotta is made, pass it through a fine sieve with a spoon to get it nice and creamy…this is the traditional method of creaming ricotta but feel free to try out your own method.

Making Homemade Ricotta

Making Homemade Ricotta

In our research, sugar didn’t arrive on the scene in Italy until the 1400’s so we decided to omit it in this recipe and use what would have been available at that time instead. Honey. You’ll find many different things added to cannoli filling but ours is simple and sublime. Give it a try and let us know! Buon Appetito!

n.b. you may substitute Bertolini vanilla with 2 vanilla beans scraped or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Add honey to your desired taste. If making Homemade Ricotta, let it drain in a sieve for 2-3 hours or overnight.



  1. Make a batch of Homemade Ricotta or use store-bought.
  2. Pass 2 cups of ricotta through a fine sieve with a spoon
  3. Add honey and vanilla to creamed ricotta and stir well
  4. Fill cannoli shells with ricotta cream using a piping bag or utensil
  5. Sprinkle ends with dark shaved chocolate
  6. Dust cannoli with icing sugar


About the Author:

I am a little of a great many things. Every experience and every blessing. And even though the whole may be greater than the sum of it's parts, welcome to this little part of me I call "Ita-liana." Raised in an Italian grocery store/food importing company (which explains why wine and olive oil runs through my veins) this is the part of me that is the very best of my Sicilian and Calabrian roots. Watching my Calabrese mother and grandmother cook for the entire family, with not only expertise and ease, but with an over abundance of love, left it's mark. Travelling back to Italy and learning about family history did the rest, while my Sicilian side kicks in almost intuitively. * © All recipes, photography, illustrations on posts by "ita-liana" and "Recipideo" video content copyright Liana Tumino ©




Helen Wills

February 27th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Thank you for so many wonderful recopies…
Enjoy each one of them.
Love when they are demonstrated with a video –
Makes life easier



February 27th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

So glad you are enjoying them!! Thank you so much for your comment and kind words!! They are very much appreciated!


Maria Ditel

April 5th, 2014 at 6:48 am

Love the recipes, they are wonderful and easy to follow.
Thank you……

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Sicilian Cannoli
This Dessert involves no baking. It is a Sicilian dish.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes