Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cannoli’s are deliciously different, fun and easy to make. People will reach for more, especially the peanut butter lovers in your life. These are a fun play on a cannoli. Since there is not ricotta cheese in this recipe they of course are not traditional
Buy your cannoli shells from your local pizza shop, Italian deli or even some supermarkets. Any place near you that sell cannoli, have the shells since they fill them to order usually.
If you love all things chocolate and peanut butter, follow this Pinterest board. So many delicious ideas!
How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cannoli
- Melt Chocolate
- Dip Cannoli shells in melted chocolate, place on parchment paper lined baking sheet until chocolate sets
- Make peanut butter filling
- Pipe into shells once chocolate is set
- Garnish with mini or full-sized chocolate chips or chocolate jimmies / sprinkles and dust with powdered sugar & enjoy
Tips for making chocolate dipped cannoli shells with peanut butter filling
- Melt chocolate chips or chopped chocolate in a double boiler or simply use a metal bowl placed over boiling water. Stir constantly till smooth. Alternately you can melt in microwave in short bursts, stirring in between. Being careful to not overcook (or chocolate will seize)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and quickly dip each end of each cannoli shell in chocolate. Swirl shell around to allow chocolate to evenly cling
- Allow shells to fully dry to set chocolate. Place in a cold space (garage/refrigerator) to accelerate the chocolate setting
- Whip the ingredients for the peanut butter filling with a stand or hand mixer for 4 minutes. You want it light and creamy
- Use a piping bag or snip the end off of a gallon storage bag and pipe filling in each end of cannoli shells
- Allow filling to “drop” in so it hits the center of the sell and work your way out to the end. If you need to use the end of a small spoon to help it along to the centers
- Serve as is or dip cannoli ends in a small dish of mini chocolate chips, chocolate jimmies/sprinkles or shaved chocolate. As many or as little chocolate buts as you wish on the ends. Dust with powdered sugar and serve
- Fill shortly before serving ()and hour or so) for best results (although they do hold up linger, since there is no “wet” cheese to add moisture to shells, making them soggy
If you like the idea of these chocolate dipped cannoli shells filled with peanut butter filling, you may also enjoy making my 4 Ingredient Chocolate & Peanut Butter Squares. They are one of the very first posts I did here on Soufflé Bombay a decade ago. Oprah Winfrey even Pinned them years ago which caused me to lose my mind a little, in the best way!
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cannoli's
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 3 TBS butter room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Mini or full size chocolate chips or chocolate jimmies/sprinkles and powdered sugar for garnish
- Melt your chocolate chips either in your microwave or in a double boiler.
- Once melted, generously dip the edges of each cannoli into the chocolate.
- Place cannoli shells on a parchment lined baking sheet to firm up, either at room temperature (if it is not hot out), in your refrigerator or cool garage.
- Combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and heavy cream in your mixer bowl and mix on medium until smooth (4 minutes).
- Shortly before serving, fill each cannoli shell with the filling, piping some into each end. You can simply use a baggie that seals (or a pastry bag), snip of one corner to allow a 1/2 inch opening. Place opening into each side of the cannoli shell and squeeze until filled.
- Decorate the ends of each cannoli with chocolate chips, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
- You can also throw in chocolate chips into the peanut butter filling if you like to have chocolate chips throughout, your choice.
Recipe originally published 2014. Updates October 2021 with photos and additional text.