Mock italian cannolis with pizzelle on top of a blue cutting board covered in powdered sugar.

Mock Italian Cannoli with Pizzelle Recipe

Crunchy on the outside, with a delicately sweet and creamy center, this recipe for Mock Italian Cannoli with Pizzelle cookies is nothing short of heavenly.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword cannoli, italian, pizzelle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 424kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar plus more for garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoons vanilla divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup butter melted and cooled
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cups semi-sweet mini chocolate chips plus more for garnish


  • Using a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. 
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine ricotta powdered sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Fold in heavy cream, cover, and refrigerate while making the cookies.
  • Preheat pizzelle iron and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, butter, eggs, remaining 1 tablespoon vanilla, and baking powder.
  • Drop slightly rounded tablespoons of batter on the pizzelle press and close. Bake as directed by manufacturer or until golden brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Using a nonstick spatula, remove one pizzelle, leaving the second still on the open press, carefully wrap around a ¾” wooden dowel and pinch where the ends of the cookie meet. Hold until pizzelle is cool enough to retain its shape, using a kitchen towel if necessary to prevent burning your fingers. Repeat with second cookie on press and all remaining batter.
  • Remove filling from the refrigerator and fold in chocolate chips. Using a pastry bag fitted with only a large coupler and no tip, pipe the filling into each side of a cooled pizzelle. It is okay if the filling does not go all the way through the middle of the cookie.
  • Garnish with additional chocolate chips and dust with powdered sugar if desired. Serve immediately or chill until serving time.


This recipe yields 35 - 40 cannoli, or 2 to 3 per person. The recipe may be halved.
Recipe adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli.


Calories: 424kcal