Cannoli Cookies Recipe

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Cannoli cookies are a delightful twist on the classic Italian pastry.

These light and fluffy cookies capture all the flavors of traditional cannoli, including chocolate chips, pistachios, orange zest, and a hint of cinnamon.


They’re perfect for holiday gatherings, gift-giving, or simply satisfying your sweet tooth.


2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1 large egg

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate (chopped; mini chocolate chips work too)

½ cup shelled pistachios (lightly chopped)

Powdered sugar (for dusting, if not frosting)


Mixing bowls

Hand mixer

Baking sheets

Parchment paper


In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In another bowl, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

Mix in orange zest, ricotta, and egg until well combined.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring until fully incorporated.

Fold in the chopped pistachios and chocolate.

Chill the dough in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

Scoop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, creating wells in the center of each cookie.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Let the cookies cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar.

Nutritional Facts (per serving, approximately 36 cookies)

Calories: 122

Total Fat: 6g

Saturated Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 18mg

Sodium: 49mg

Total Carbohydrates: 15g

Dietary Fiber: 0.5g

Sugars: 8g

Protein: 2g

Health Benefits

Ricotta cheese provides protein and calcium.

Pistachios are rich in healthy fats and antioxidants.

Orange zest adds vitamin C and flavor.


Can I use almond flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Almond flour may alter the texture, but you can experiment if desired.

Can I freeze the dough for later use?

Yes, you can freeze the dough and bake it when needed.

Can I skip the chocolate and pistachios?


Customize the mix-ins to your preference.

How long do these cookies stay fresh?

Stored in an airtight container, they’ll stay fresh for up to a week.

Can I add a glaze to these cookies?

Yes, a simple orange glaze would be a delicious addition!

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