Cannoli Bites


Need to satisfy a cannoli craving? Don’t have time to make the traditional shells? These Cannoli Bites are the sweet sollution to satisfy your desire for this Sicilian treat. The filling is my maternal Sicilian grandmother’s blue-ribbon recipe. The amaretti crust, although different than the cannoli pastry, adds the crisp texture you’d get in a cannolo (singular) shell. This is a special  sweet to have on hand when friends pop over for a visit (or a very nice treat just for you, you’re worth it!).  Fill as needed, serve with cappuccino, espresso or your favorite coffee or tea.






  • 1 recipe  Cannoli Cream
  • 2 cups amaretti cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nuts, chopped




Crush the amaretti to make very fine crumbs, either with a rolling pin or in a food processor.
Mix in the melted butter until the crumbs stick together. (Similar to making a graham cracker crust). This fills 24 mini-muffin cups. This crust is also used for Sicilian S’mores.





Line the muffin tins with muffin (cupcake) papers.
Divide the crumb mixture evenly into each cup. Start with a spoonful in each, going back to use all of the crumbs. Pack it down on the bottom (I use one of the paper liners). This may seem like a thick crust but you want a sturdy base.
Bake in a 350* oven for 15 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes.
When ready to serve, carefully remove the papers and fill with Cannoli Cream, top with pistachios.
Don’t be dainty, these go down in one bite. Yum!

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7 Responses to “Cannoli Bites”

  1. Theresa Dimmitt
    April 24, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    I would really like to make these for an Italian dinner party I am going to this weekend, but I have looked all over for the cookies you are using in this recipe, but can not find them anywhere. Do you think Biscotti would work? If so other then not frosted what kind would you recommend?

    • Catherine
      April 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      That’s an excellent question! I apologize for not suggesting where you might find amaretti (I forget we all don’t have access to the same stores). They are in Cost Plus World Markets as well as on Amazon. But to answer your question-Yes, you can use another type of biscotti. I’d try an almond or maybe even a lemon. You want the crust of the Cannoli Bite to complement the filling not compete with it. As long as they are crisp you should get the same results. Please let me know how they turn out.


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