Air Fryer Cannolis

Air Fryer Cannolis


You can make cannoli without gallons of oil or a billion ingredients?! Yeah...we got you. These air fryer cannoli are so delish that your family and friends will beg you to bring them to every party and you’ll be cool with it because THEY. ARE. SO. EASY! Feel free to make the shells and cream the night before and pipe them á la minute at your next gathering, then let your guests pick their toppings. Impressive!

Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
8 cannolis

How to Make It

1. Step
Make the shells: In a large bowl, combine the flour and butter. Using your fingers, work the butter into the flour until it is the size of peas.
2. Step
Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the egg yolk and marsala wine. Using a fork or your hands, slowly incorporate the wet ingredients until a shaggy dough forms. Knead the dough in the bowl or on the counter into a smooth ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, patting out any extra air, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, or overnight.
3. Step
Shape the shells: Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛-inch-thick. Cut out 4-inch circles using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass. Gather the dough scraps and re-roll to cut out as many circles as possible. Prick the dough circles all over with a fork to prevent over-puffing.
4. Step
Lightly spray the cannoli molds with nonstick spray. Place a mold across the center of the dough round. From the bottom, roll the dough, stretching gently, over the mold. Brush the edge of the dough round with the egg white mixture, then roll the top half over, pressing firmly to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough circles, working in batches and keeping the shells on the molds for frying. Keep the remaining unshaped dough circles in a cool place or the refrigerator while you work.
5. Step
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C). Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray.
6. Step
Place 3–5 cannoli shells, seam-side down, in the basket, making sure they are not touching each other. Spray the shells lightly with nonstick spray. Fry for 6 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Using tongs, carefully remove the shells from the air fryer and slide off the molds. Repeat with remaining cannoli shells, then let cool completely.
7. Step
Make the chocolate coating: In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate and coconut oil. Microwave on half power in 30-second intervals, stirring between, until the chocolate is just melted, 2–3 minutes total.
8. Step
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
9. Step
Dip the ends of each cannoli shell into the chocolate, gently shaking off any excess, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the refrigerator to set for 15–20 minutes.
10. Step
While the shells chill, make the filling: Add the ricotta to the center of a clean dish towel or cheesecloth over a medium bowl and wring to squeeze out any excess moisture.
11. Step
Transfer the strained ricotta to a large bowl and add ¼ cup powdered sugar, the vanilla, cinnamon, and cornstarch. Stir to combine.
12. Step
Add the heavy cream and remaining ¼ cup powdered sugar to a medium bowl and whip with an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, 3–4 minutes.
13. Step
Gently fold the whipped cream into the ricotta mixture until just combined. Fold in the mini chocolate chips, if using, to evenly distribute. Transfer the filling to a piping bag. Twist the end of the piping bag and seal to prevent air exposure. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to set. The filling will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.
14. Step
Cut a ½-inch opening in the corner of the piping bag with the filling. Holding a cannoli shell seam-side up, pipe the filling into each open end of the shell to fill.
15. Step
Carefully sprinkle and/or pat mini chocolate chips, finely chopped pistachios, rainbow sprinkles, and/or thinly sliced orange peel onto the ends of the filling to adhere.
16. Step
If desired, dust with powdered sugar before serving.
17. Step


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