My Aunt Micki gave me her pizzelle maker last year and I’ve been waiting and waiting for Christmas to roll around to use it. Pizzelle’s just scream Christmas to me, but then I thought of this idea – cannoli made with pizzelle cookies instead of the deep-fried dough they’re traditionally made with! And instead the normal sweetened ricotta mixture? Pumpkin ricotta mixture!

I’ve always avoided cannoli because they just seem so heavy. You know, ricotta is pretty heavy on it’s on but mixed with sugar it seems even heavier. Well, for these, the filling has some freshly whipped cream folded in so it’s light and fluffy and delicious. I don’t even like ricotta but this was delicious!

You don’t need cannoli tubes for these guys – you just have to go searching through your kitchen for something to wrap the cookies around when they come off the iron! I wound up using the end of ladle but I also tried out a thin jam jar and it worked out fine. You have to roll them VERY quickly (like start rolling as you’re pulling them off the iron) or they break so I recommend on working with one at a time even if your pizzelle maker has spaces for 2.

Pumpkin Pizzelle Cannoli

cookies from AllRecipes, filling adapted from Life Should Taste Good


For the cookies:
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
For the filling:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup ricotta
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. To make the pizzelles, mix together all ingredients (dough will be sticky) and cook according to your pizzelle maker's instructions.
  2. To make the filling, whip the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  3. In a separate bowl, use a mixer to beat pumpkin puree, ricotta, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until just combined. Fold in the whipped cream.
  4. Pipe the filling into the cooled cookies. Store in the refrigerator and serve cold.