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The only thing better than salty-sweet pretzel bites coated in a thick layer of rich dark chocolate is transforming them into pretzel cannoli!
Dark Chocolate Pretzel Cannoli
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

The only thing better than salty-sweet pretzel bites coated in a thick layer of rich dark chocolate is transforming them into pretzel cannoli!

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12 cannoli
Calories: 288 kcal
Recipe: Mountain Cravings
Ingredients
Pretzel Cannoli Shells
  • 1/8 oz. active dry yeast about 1/2 packet
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 T. butter melted
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • nonstick spray
  • 1 egg
  • coarse salt
Dark Chocolate Cannoli Filling
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 3 oz. dark chocolate melted
  • 15 oz. whole milk ricotta
  • 8 oz. mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Chocolove Dark Chocolate Pretzels crushed, or equal parts chopped dark chocolate & pretzels
Instructions
Pretzel Cannoli Shells
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F / 220°C.

  2. Combine the yeast and water in the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook. Let rest for 5 minutes to dissolve.

  3. Turn the mixer on low and pour in melted butter, sugar, and salt. Slowly add flour and knead until the dough is smooth and not sticking to the sides of the bowl.

  4. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until paper-thin. Use a 6" cookie cutter (or bowl traced with a paring knife) to cut 12 circles out of the dough. Beat the egg in a small bowl with a pastry brush.

  5. Spray your cannoli forms with nonstick oil, then drape dough over the form. Brush egg over one edge, then press the other edge on top to create a tight roll. Repeat for remaining dough.

  6. Brush tops and sides of dough with remaining egg and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 425°F / 220°C for 18-20 minutes, or until deeply browned.

  7. Remove shells from the oven and let cool 5 minutes, then carefully slide off the forms.

Dark Chocolate Cannoli Filling
  1. While shells are baking, make the filling. Use your fingertips to rub zest and sugar together in a large bowl to release the oils from the zest and make everything wonderful.

  2. Beat together orange sugar, melted chocolate, ricotta, mascarpone, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Scoop into a large resealable bag and chill in the fridge until shells are baked.

  3. Snip a corner of the filling bag and pipe into the shells. Gently press the open ends into the crushed dark chocolate pretzel bites.

Notes

Don't have cannoli forms? Use dry cannelloni or manicotti pasta shells wrapped in foil!

 

The pretzel bites crush easily by applying light pressure with the flat side of a knife.

 

To prepare ahead of time, bake the shells and make the filling. Pipe filling & roll in crushed pretzel bites just before serving.