Cannoli Cream {Filled} Strawberry Bites

Cannoli Strawberries
With each passing year I’m finding reasons to love strawberries more and more. They were never my favorite berry, blueberries hold that spot but thanks to these beauties they’re getting a little competition.

The centers of fresh strawberries are cut out and filled with cannoli cream then garnished with chopped pistachios, chocolate chips and/or sprinkles.

They’re easy to make and a luscious treat to bring to potlucks, picnics, parties and showers too!

Cannoli Cream Filled Strawberry Bites

I was stressing about “hulling” the strawberries and hollowing them out but it proved to be easier than it looks. Turns out, the end of your potato peeler is the perfect tool for the job. You know, that little thing you use to gauge out potato eyes? If you have a good quality one it will cut out the stem and white inner part of the strawberry with ease. You don’t have to worry about making them too neat because the cannoli cream will hide any flaws. {You can see what they look like hollowed out here.}

The cannoli cream is made with fresh ricotta and mascarpone cheese with a touch of vanilla, cinnamon and orange zest. I don’t know how traditional cinnamon is but I always add a little to my cannoli filling and I like how it plays nice with orange zest.

Cannoli Filled Strawberries
There are a lot of variations you can make! Here are some ideas:

– dip the bottoms in melted chocolate then sprinkle with chopped pistachios or sprinkles

– instead of cutting off the bottom and standing them up you can skip that and lay them on their sides, they look pretty drizzled with chocolate

– make a cross cut in the bottoms, fill them then lay them down

– sprinkle them with crushed cannoli shells to bring in more of that cannoli flavor

– use a few drops food coloring to dye the filling to match the holiday or occasion (for a baby shower, you can do pink for girls and blue for boys)

The strawberries are best eaten within a few hours of making or else they can get soggy. You can prepare the filling a day ahead of time.

Now, excuse me while I go stuff my face with two pounds of strawberries. I can’t resist.

Blueberries step aside.

Cannoli Strawberry Bites
Cannoli Cream Filled Strawberry Bites

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 2 pounds strawberries

Cannoli Cream Filled Strawberry Bites

The centers of fresh strawberries are cut out and filled with cannoli cream then garnished with chopped pistachios, chocolate chips and/or sprinkles. They’re easy to make and a luscious treat to bring to potlucks, picnics, parties and showers too!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup ricotta cheese (preferably fresh, if not fresh drain in a wire strainer overnight)
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
the zest of 1 orange
2 pounds of strawberries
For garnish:
1/4 cup crushed pistachios
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
rainbow sprinkles
melted chocolate, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl on low speed beat the ricotta, mascarpone and vanilla just until combined.
  2. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and orange zest just until combined. Spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a large tip or into a large ziploc bag. Refrigerate.
  3. Wash the strawberries and pat dry with paper towels. Use the end of a potato peeler or a paring knife to remove the stem and cut a cone shape out of the center. Cut the tip so it stands flat. Line them up on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Pipe (or cut off one corner of your ziploc bag) the cannoli cream into the strawberries and leave a nice dollop on top. If you fill them all and have some cream left go back over some of the bigger ones and put an extra dollop on them.
  5. Garnish with pistachios, chocolate chips, sprinkles and drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.
  6. Refrigerate. These are best eaten within a few hours of making.

Notes:

There are a lot of variations you can make! Here are some ideas:

- dip the bottoms in melted chocolate then sprinkle with chopped pistachios or sprinkles

- instead of cutting off the bottom and standing them up you can skip that and lay them on their sides, they look pretty drizzled with chocolate

- you can make a cross cut in the bottoms, fill them then lay them down

- sprinkle them with crushed cannoli shells to bring in more of that cannoli flavor

- use a few drops food coloring to dye the filling to match the holiday or occasion. For a baby shower, you can do pink for girls and blue for boys.

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Cannoli Filled Strawberries

Comments

  1. Ann says

    I love strawberries and these sound heavenly. As I was reading and looking at the pictures I was wondering how you got them to stand up so nice, Somehow I see me making a huge mess trying to dig out the centers of the berries

    • Reeni says

      You cut off the bottoms to make them flat! Or you can lay them on their side. They’re easier to make than they look. :-)

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