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Mini Chocolate Chip-Orange Cannoli (Cannoli Di Ricotta)

By Denise Jones, member

March 9th, 2009

I made these yesterday for a neighborhood Daylight Savings Party and used recipes from two of my favorite Italian Chefs, Mario Batali and Giada De Laurentiis.  Mario suggests buying candied orange peel or substituting orange zest, so I made Giada's candied orange peel to use in the recipe.  I've seen cannoli at one of our Little Italy area bakeries, but they are pretty large in size.  I've always wanted to try making them and was able to find the cannoli forms at a gourmet kitchen store in town.  I knew they would be cute as minis.  Mario's recipe makes 12, but I was able to get 18 using a 3" round cookie cutter.  I would like to try to roll the shells a little thinner next time, but they were still very flaky and retained their crispiness.  You must drain the ricotta for at least an hour before adding the mini chocolate chips, orange zest, and remaining ingredients, but I drained it overnight in the refrigerator.  The cannoli dough has Grand Marnier liqueur (8 tbsp!), cocoa powder and cinnamon.  The candied orange peel was a little burst of sunshine, keeping in theme with the party.  Everyone loved these!

Recipe Used: Adaptation of Mario Batali's Chocolate Chip-Orange Cannoli (Cannoli Di Ricotta) with Giada De Laurentiis' Candied Orange Peel

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Comments (6)

Montereycook writes: Where is the recipe for these?? Posted: 1:59 pm on March 26th

AltaGirl writes: These are so cute ! --I too love chocolate and orange. Will pass this on to my Italian mother who always makes homemade cannoli. Not easy to make a good crust... so good for you !
Posted: 10:20 pm on March 22nd

Cocinera1 writes: A, que divino! Posted: 8:33 pm on March 18th

Pielove writes: This is brilliant! Cannoli really needed to be made mini-- not so overwhelming as a full-size one, plus a better crust to filling ratio. Gorgeous and a lovely flavor combination too.
Jen Posted: 9:06 am on March 11th

sbreckenridge writes: These are so cute! And the flavors must have been great. I'm a big orange-and-chocolate fan. Posted: 5:31 pm on March 9th

LisaWaddle writes: These look great! As much as I love sweets, a full-sized connoli is often too heavy and too rich, so these look perfect. Posted: 3:42 pm on March 9th

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