When my grandparents moved from Sicily to America, they discovered that wonton wrappers worked as cannoli shells, which saved them time since cannoli shells from scratch can be a demanding recipe. Egg roll wraps work for this too. Featured today on Enjoying Family Life, I’m sharing how to make air fryer cannolis using egg roll wraps. This recipe is so simple that you can pull off homemade cannolis even on a busy night.
How to Make the Cannoli Filling
1 cup whipping cream
1 32 ounce ricotta, strained
1 cup powdered sugar or more if you prefer (extra for dusting)
1 teaspoon vanilla or lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 bar of dark chocolate, chopped (chop the other half as a topping)
Place the whipping cream in a stand mixer, and mix with the whisk attachment until you see stiff peaks forming. Add in the remaining ingredients. Use the stand mixer to stir until everything is well combined. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
How to Make Air Fryer Cannoli Shells Using Egg Roll Wraps
Kitchen Tools Required
Meanwhile, make the cannoli shells using your air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 400. As it preheats, prepare the egg roll wraps. Each one makes four mini cannoli shells. Take a stack of a few at a time, fold them in half lengthwise and cut, and fold them in half the other way and cut again.
Each 1/4th of an egg roll wrap should allow there to be some space at the end of your cannoli tubes. This will allow you to remove them after they go in the air fryer.
Lay the 1/4 piece of the egg roll wrap flat in a diamond shape. Place the cannoli tube on top. Fold the two edges on top of each other. Using a pastry brush, dab water on the place where it overlaps to hold the dough in place.
Place the cannoli molds into the air fryer. They take about 3-5 minutes per side. Carefully use a tong to flip them. They will be a light golden color throughout when they are done.
Take a pastry bag, use a spoon to scoop in the cannoli filling, and cut the tip off. Place the pastry bag into the mini cannoli shells, and fill them.
Top with chopped chocolate, and dust with powdered sugar. Serve, and enjoy!
Another decadent treat that my family enjoys is dipping cannoli shells into melted chocolate. Be gentle when dipping since these are thinner than the typical cannoli shells. Make sure to let the chocolate-covered cannoli shells cool well before adding the filling.
Although a homemade cannoli shell recipe can be spectacular, this is much simpler than rolling out the dough, and it makes barely any mess since you don’t have to fry with oil.