Indulge in Delight: A Twist on Tiramisu with Cannoli Shells

Oct 28, 2023 | Desserts


Prep Time

Cooking Time

30 minutes
4 hours

Cannoli Tiramisu Ingredients

Personal Story: Picture this: a small, charming Italian café nestled in the heart of Rome, where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee permeates the air. The caffè owner, an enthusiastic man who resembled a jolly old cartoon character, insisted I tried his secret creation: Cannoli Tiramisu. With an open mind and an empty stomach, I took a bite and was instantly transported to dessert heaven. This innovative twist on the classic tiramisu, combining the richness of cannoli shells and the decadence of coffee-soaked ladyfingers, left me captivated. Since that life-changing moment, this recipe has held a special place in my heart, reminding me of the beauty of culinary innovation and the power of delightful surprises.

Cannoli Tiramisu Cooking Instructions

– 8 cannoli shells
– 10 ladyfingers
– 1 cup strong coffee, cooled
– 1/4 cup amaretto liqueur (optional)
– 1 cup ricotta cheese
– 1/2 cup powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, crushed
– Cocoa powder, for dusting


1. Prepare the Coffee Soak:
– In a shallow bowl, combine the cooled coffee and amaretto liqueur (if using). Set aside.

2. Make the Ricotta Filling:
– In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and creamy.

3. Assemble the Layers:
– Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee soak for a few seconds, ensuring they are moistened but not overly soggy.
– Line the bottom of a rectangular glass dish with half of the soaked ladyfingers.

4. Create the Cannoli Layer:
– Gently break the cannoli shells into small pieces and scatter half of them over the ladyfingers layer.

5. Add the Filling:
– Spread half of the ricotta filling evenly over the cannoli layer.

6. Repeat the Layers:
– Repeat the process by adding another layer of soaked ladyfingers on top of the ricotta filling.
– Follow with another layer of broken cannoli shells and the remaining half of the ricotta filling.

7. Garnish and Chill:
– Sprinkle the crushed dark chocolate chips over the top layer.
– Dust with cocoa powder for an elegant finish.
– Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, allowing the flavors to meld together and the ladyfingers to soften.

8. Serve and Savor:
– Once the tiramisu is perfectly chilled, take it out of the refrigerator and cut into individual servings.
– Allow each person to experience the delightful textures and flavors that emerge from this culinary harmony.

Tips and Variations:
– For a twist, try dipping the ladyfingers in a flavored coffee syrup instead of plain coffee, such as hazelnut or caramel.
– Craving a touch of indulgence? Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the ricotta filling for a chocolatey twist.
– Garnish with crushed pistachios or shaved white chocolate to add an extra element of visual appeal.

Remember, the beauty of cooking lies in the ability to adapt and personalize recipes. So, feel free to explore and make it your own. Cannoli Tiramisu is a testament to innovation and the fulfillment of the unexpected. Enjoy!

Cannoli Tiramisu

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 slice (1/24th of recipe)

Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
  Saturated Fat 2g 10%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
  Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  Sugars 9g  
Protein 1g  
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

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