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    Recipes and more — party ideas

    Cannoli Crumb Crust + Pumpkin Spice Cannoli Tart

    Cannoli Crumb Crust - with Original Cannoli Chips Cinnamon

    Watch out Graham Crackers - theres a new player in town.  Cannoli Crumb crusts have more flavor, and use less fat than traditional graham cracker crusts.  Not to mention with 4 flavors of cannoli chips, there are endless flavors and variations on this easy recipe.

    Cannoli crusts are are best used after baking, but can also be used for no bake applications. We'll be sharing a recipe for no bake cannoli crust in the future. The additional butter and sugar helps hold the crust together, and after baking can be filled with cannoli cream, chocolate, caramel, whipped cream, or fresh fruit.  

    Cannoli Crumb Tart shells

    Our directions here are for making a cannoli crust with our Original Cannoli Chips.  One bag of cannoli chips will make an 8" tart, or four mini 4" tarts.  You will need a food processor or blender to get fine crumbs like those we used here, but crushing them with a rolling pin will do the trick in a pinch.  

    Cinnamon Cannoli Crumb Crust

    1 bag of Cinnamon Original Cannoli Chips

    2tbsp of melted butter

    1tbps of granulated sugar

    2 tsp of cinnamon (optional)

     

    Ingredients for cannoli Crumb tart  

    Preheat the oven to 375F.

    Using short bursts, blend or process cannoli chips until they form a fine crumb. combine crumbs with sugar and cinnamon, mix until combined.  Using a fork, stir in 2 tbsp of melted butter.  The crumb should resemble wet sand, and hold it's shape when pressed together.  If using a rolling pin to break down the crumbs, you may need up to an additional 2 tbps of butter, add it 1 tbsp at a time until the crumbs stick together when pressed.  

     

    Cinnamon Cannoli Crumb Crust Golden Cannoli Shells Inclusions

    Pour crumb into an 8 inch tart pan, or divide crumbs equally into four 4" tart pans (about 1/4 cup of packed crumbs.)  We recommend using pans with removable bottoms to make serving easier.  

    Using the bottom of measuring cups, or a glass, press the crumbs firmly into the bottom and sides of the tart pan, making sure to leave at least 1/4" of crumb on the bottom of the pan.  Place tarts on a baking sheet lined and bake 7-10 minutes for mini tarts, or 10-12 for a large.  Let cool, and fill with your filling of choice no more than 2-3 hours before serving.  

     

    Small and Large cannoli Crumb tarts made with Original Cannoli chips

    Tart shells keep unfilled up to a week if stored in an airtight container.  They are fragile unfilled, and best made no more than a few days in advance.  

    Try using our other chips for flavorful cannoli crumb crusts! We recommend omitting the cinnamon with our other flavors.  Try using a tbsp of cocoa powder with our Cookies and Cream chips for an even chocolatier experience!

     

    Cannoli Crumb Tart with pumpkin spice cannoli cream

    We filled our cinnamon tart shells with pumpkin spice cannoli cream (recipe here) and topped them with our favorite store bought caramel sauce (we love sanders caramel) and candied pecans.  A decadent, fall dessert, that is a new way to enjoy the pumpkin spice flavor everyone knows and loves! 

     

    Praline and Pumpkin Cannoli Tarts

     

    Easy Key Lime Parfaits

    Easy Key Lime Parfaits

    These Key Lime Parfaits are a simple 5 ingredient recipe perfect for hot summer months.  We love how quickly they come together and that you don't need to use your stovetop at all!  We're using our Original Cannoli Chips in powdered sugar to create texture and add more flavor in these easy delicious parfaits.  Experiment and make it your own, we think that our cinnamon or lemon flavors would work really well here too! 

    Here is what you'll need:

    Ingredients for Original Cannoli Chip Key lime parfaits

    • 1/2 cup of lime juice (3-4 medium limes)
    • Zest from one lime
    • 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk (12oz)
    • 2 tbsp of confectioners sugar
    • 1 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
    • 1 tsp of vanilla extract or paste (optional)
    • 1 bag of Original Cannoli Chips (we used Powdered Sugar) 

    Juicing limes for key lime parfaits made with original cannoli chips

    To start, zest one of your limes and set zest aside.  Then juice your limes until you've collected 1/2 cup of juice.  If using key limes (which can be tricky to find up here in New England) you will need more than 3-4 limes.  Key limes are a little sweeter and more yellow in color than normal limes, but we found that classic limes worked just fine. 

    Combine lime juice with sweetened condensed milk and lime zest

     Combine lime juice with sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl.  Add half of your lime zest (reserve the rest for a garnish) and whisk thoroughly.  Make sure you purchase sweetened condensed milk, not evaporated milk. This is not something you can substitute.  Sweetened condensed milk's unique texture and taste are what give the key lime mousse its delicious creamy texture.  

    Making whipped cream

    Set aside your lime mixture and make your whipped cream.  Combine 1 1/2 cups of chilled heavy whipping cream, 2 tbsp of powdered sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract (we love Nielson Massey vanilla) in a bowl.   Whisk using back and forth movements until the whipped cream forms stiff peaks.  You can also use a hand mixer to whip your cream, or even use cool whip as a replacement here.  

    Fold whipped cream into your lime mixture, reserving about 1/2 cup to garnish the top of your parfaits with.  

    Powdered Sugar Cannoli chips

    Open your bag of Powdered Sugar Cannoli Chips and reserve some whole chips for garnishing your parfaits.  Use a rolling pin crush the remaining chips into a crumb that we'll place in between the layers of the parfait.  Original Cannoli Chips have more flavor and texture than traditional shortbread or graham cracker crumbs.  We love the idea of choosing different flavored chips to really add character to a recipe (imagine these parfaits with lemon mousse and lemon chip crumbs!)

    Assembling Key Lime Parfaits made with Original Cannoli Chips

    Now its time to assemble parfaits!  You could use stemless wine glasses, glass yogurt cups or even martini glasses to hold these! We recommend taller skinnier glasses to really show off the layers.  

    Start with a layer of crumbs, then add a layer of your lime mousse.  Alternate until you get to the top, making sure you finish with a layer of mousse.  You can make extra whipped cream and alternate with that too if you want!

    Key lime parfaits with original cannoli chips

    Top the parfaits with the reserved whipped cream, a little lemon zest and an original cannoli chip!  Eat immediately or keep in the fridge.  These can be made up to 48 hours advance, but we recommend making the components in advance and assembling them a few hours before serving.  

    Party Time! How to decorate cannoli shells

    Party Time! How to decorate cannoli shells

     

    These sprinkle coated chocolate cannoli shells are a fun way to jazz up your favorite traditional Italian dessert.  This is a quick project that produces beautiful results.  Here's what you will need:

    • Chocolate cannoli shells (we like the small 3" ones for this project)
    • Traditional shells (also small)
    • Assorted sprinkles and toppings 
    • Chopsticks or a fork 
    • Wax Paper
    • Cutting board
    • Traditional cannoli filling - recipe here 

    cannoli shells, chocolate cannoli shells, ricotta filling

    For this project we used our chocolate coated shells as a "no mess" solution for dipping shells!  We've done the hard part for you here, all you have to do is warm them up and you'll have a melty shell ready to be rolled in your topping of choice. 

     fresh filled rainbow cannoli shells

    We used traditional rainbow jimmies, rainbow nonpariels, toasted coconut, and a blend of different sprinkles to create these party cannoli.  You could use any dry topping to make these, think about what might top an ice cream sunday and then go from there, you just want to make sure that whatever you choose is small enough to stick to the chocolate.  Here are some suggestions!

    • toasted nuts
    • crushed up pretzels
    • crushed candy cane
    • enlish toffee pieces
    • shredded coconut
    • mini m&m's

    To start, make sure you have all of your topping placed in low shallow bowls and are ready to use.  Plan in advance where you'll be storing these shells too, they need to chill in the fridge and then stay cool until serving.  Once they are melty they'll make more of a mess, we recommend taping a sheet wax paper over a few different cutting boards to make moving and heating them up a little easier.  

    Once youre set up, the chocolate shells need to be warmed.  Our chocolate is a special blend that melts around 80/85 degrees (F).  You can set your oven to "keep warm" (typically around 170-200 degrees) and once it has heated, warm your shells for 5 minutes (on parchment papered baking sheets) or microwave them in 10 second bursts until the chocolate has begun to melt.  

    This is where the fun happens.  Using a chopstick or knife, pick up the cannoli shell from the wax paper and place it in the topping of your choice.  Spoon the sprinkles over the whole shell.  Once it coats an area well you can use your fingers to flip it over and move it around.  Try to avoid touching the melted chocolate with your fingers as it will get everywhere, and pull away from the shell.  

    filled cannoli, fresh filled golden cannoli shells

    After its well coated, use the chopstick or a clean hand to place the shell on the wax paper board.  Finish decorating your shells, then let them set up in the fridge for at least a half hour.  Fill shells with the filling of your choice, you can find our recipe for cannoli cream here.  Or crush up your shells for an awesome ice cream or yogurt topper.  

     

    Our cannoli shells have a one year shelf life, but because theyre getting reheated and dipped in other material we recommend using them within a few weeks of making.  Store them in a cool dry place where the temperature will not exceed 75 degrees.  

    fresh filled decorated golden cannoli shells