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Cannoli Ice Cream Cones combines the classic Italian cannoli and the childhood favorite Drumstick into one fun frozen dessert that starts with an easy no-churn ice cream recipe. You can use gluten free cones too!
Cannoli No-Churn Ice Cream Cones
Cannolis are deceptive little buggers.
And as I write that brief, almost nonsensical introductory sentence, I realize they are deceptive for multiple reasons. Because first of all, “cannolis” is not a word. I have to go back to my very cursory knowledge of Italian and remember that cannoli is plural, just like ravioli and panini and spaghetti. So technically if you are only order one of these little pastries, you are ordering a cannolo. But in the heavily Italian-American area where I grew up, I have never in my life heard someone order a cannolo. It’s a cannoli. Whether they want one or three. Or maybe I’ve just never heard anyone order only one at a time. But that’s neither here nor there.
Let’s move on to the bigger deception. You walk into the bakery and see the tray filled with crisp tubular shells of flaky pastry busting at the seams with white, fluffy billows of creamy goodness, often dotted with chocolate chips. Your fingers wrap around it, gently so you don’t crack the tender, flaky shell, powdered sugar beginning to fly as you bring this sweet treat to your mouth. With excited anticipation of the confection perfection you are about to experience, you slowly begin to bite through the pastry and into the creamy filling when…
WHAT?!?! THIS ISN’T FROSTING!!
Please tell me I’m not the only one who always expects light, fluffy, ethereal whipped cream, or at least a rich and sweet buttercream when they bite into a cannoli. Cannolo. Whatever. Not the point.
The point is that when it comes to eating cannoli, I am the very definition of insanity. I do the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. Why did I always order them or grab one from a dessert table and totally expect that they will taste different from all the previous times that I’ve tried them.
It has taken me until my adult years to grow to enjoy that ricotta filling, even though I always expect it to taste different based on how it looks. It’s not as sweet as I expect by looking at it, but I’ve learned that’s a good thing, and the ricotta cheese, while it takes away from the smooth creaminess of the filling, it adds a little tang that truly is a perfect complement to the fried pastry shell.
However, if there is one way to make cannoli even better, this is it…
Cannoli Ice Cream Cones are a fun frozen twist on two all-time favorite desserts!
Are they a fun way to eat a fancy gourmet Italian pastry? Or are the a glammed up gourmet version of those Drumstick ice cream cones from the ice cream truck or a box in your freezer? Either way, they are easy and so good.
- It all starts with basic sugar cones which have been brushed on the inside with melted dark chocolate, then wrapped with wax paper so that it comes a couple of inches above the top of the cone. I actually used gluten free sugar cones (I found these in my local grocery store).
- Then you just mix up the base for a simple no-churn ice cream recipe made with ricotta cheese which I adapted ever-so-slightly form this No-Churn Cannoli Ricotta Ice Cream from Just a Little Bit of Bacon.
- Pour it into the wrapped cones so that it comes up just about an inch above the top of the cone, but still below the top of the wax paper.
- Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and chopped pistachios, prop the cones upright in cups, jars, or glasses, then pop them in the freezer.
All that’s left is to unwrap and enjoy!
If you like these Cannoli Ice Cream Cones, here’s some other sweet treats you might enjoy…
- Vanilla Bean Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream
- Banana Chocolate Pistachio Smoothie
- Homemade No-Churn Nutella Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cheesecake
- Strawberry Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Dip
If you don’t want to wait for ice cream to freeze, you can break up those cones and dunk them into Cannoli Dip from Big Bear’s Wife. Or make Mini Cannoli Cups from Tried and Tasty. Also fun is a Cannoli Cheeseball from Taste and Tell. Or try a different type of frozen twist and make Banana Split Cannoli from Pint Sized Baker.
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Cannoli Ice Cream Cones
For the cones
- 12 sugar cones can use gluten free
- 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
For the cannoli ice cream
- 16 oz ricotta cheese
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 pint heavy cream well chilled
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
For the cones:
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave at 50% power, stirring ever 15-30 seconds, until melted and smooth, or in a small saucepan over very low heat on the stove.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the melted chocolate on the inside of the cones and allow to harden, placing in the refrigerator if necessary.
- Wrap each cone in wax paper tightly so that it comes about 1 1/2-2 inches above the tops of the cones, taping the paper to keep in in place. Place the cones upright in empty jars or glasses.
- Prepare the ice cream mixture as per the directions below and carefully pour the mixture into the cones so that it comes about an inch above the top of the cone.
- Sprinkle the top of each with about a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips and a teaspoon of chopped pistachios.
- Place in the freezer upright for about 6 hours or until frozen.
For the ice cream:
- Place a large glass or metal bowl in the refrigerator or freezer for whipping the cream.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the ricotta cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
- In the chilled bowl, using an electric mixer or whisk, beat the heavy cream to soft peaks.
- Gently fold the cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream, then fold in the mini chocolate chips and chopped pistachios.
- Fill the cones as directed above. If there is any extra ice cream mixture, pour it into a container that you can freeze and has an airtight lid, cover, and place in the freezer until frozen.
You know what would also be amazing?
Honestly, I’ve never tried canoli like this, but your way of presenting the recipe convinced me. I might as well give this a try after a quick trip to the supermarket. And I really loved that you added pistachio instead of hazelnuts, btw!
I hope you enjoy the cannoli ice cream cones. They’re a favorite at our house!
This looks like an awesome recipe to try. Really enjoy your site very much!
Thank you, Brianne.
Thank you, Laura!
If you are ever in Boston, go to Mike’s in the North End and have their cannoli. the very best!!!
Thanks for the tip, Marlene!