Cannoli Chips

Thanks so much to everyone for the bday wishes! We’re continuing the celebration this weekend by going out for dinner and on a little shopping spree! There’s something about the seasons changing that makes me want to buy a whole new wardrobe.

It feels like summer is almost over, but a few weeks ago during the hottest weekend of the year, my baby brother drove up to visit us after a business trip in NYC! It was his first time in Boston, so we went on a Duck Boat tour and checked out parts of the Freedom Trail, harbor, and Harvard Square. Two of the highlights were visiting the Harpoon Brewery (where they let you sample as many kinds of beer that you’d like on tap for free!) and indulging in a delicious Italian feast in the North End. After dinner we decided to have a throwdown and bought cannolis from both Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry, which have a bit of a rivalry. The ricotta filling is sweeter at Modern and the shells are more crispy because they fill them as you order them. But, the cannolis at Mike’s are double the size for the same price and are covered in more chocolate, which is always a good thing! In the end, I voted for Modern, Richard voted for Mike’s, and Apolinaras couldn’t pick a favorite, so it was a tie. The moral of the story is that you really can’t go wrong with either choice!

I was inspired by our cannoli battle to make these cute little cannoli chips! I decided to use pita chips as the base since they’re so crispy, and then topped them with sweetened ricotta cheese and mini chocolate chips. Not quite as good as the real thing, of course, but a very satisfying treat that comes together quickly and is perfect for using up that last bit of ricotta at the bottom of the tub! I suggest making the entire batch of ricotta at once and then topping just the chips you’re going to eat that day so they don’t get soggy.

Cannoli Chips
Printable Recipe

1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
24 pita chips
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until smooth. Spread 1 tablespoon of ricotta mixture onto each pita chip and sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly on top. Makes 24 cannoli chips (4 servings).

Nutrition: 309 calories, 14.3g fat, 1.1g fiber, 13.5g protein per serving
Cost: $0.73 per serving

47 Responses to Cannoli Chips

  1. Aww, how cute! And I meant the cannoli chips AND the three of you! You guys looked adorable in those pics and I’m glad your bro had fun. Have a blast on your shopping spree…I wish it were me! Enjoy the long weekend. -Nicole

  2. I LOVE this idea! So creative, and I’m sure very yummy. My husband and I have a friend from NYC coming up this weekend, and both the Harpoon Brewery and the North End are on our list of things to do. A cannoli is definitely a must as well – we’ll have to decide whether to go to Modern or Mike’s… thanks for the taste test review!

  3. Great idea! It sounds like the perfect little bite. It would work really well as an apetizer for a coctail party. Yum! Happy birthday again, and I completely relate to the wardrobe change desire. I am the same way. :)

  4. I love how cute and easy these seem to be! When I lived in Boston, I wasn’t too excited about Mike’s Pastries but I’ve been spoiled by the cannolis here in NYC. I never got to Modern. When I was in the North End, I usually tended towards gelato instead!

    These would be great to serve at a dinner party.

  5. They look delicious. I’m not a ricotta fan though but they look delish. Still need to get some plantains and get round to making the gnocchi. I am enamoured by that recipe considering I’ve only every had Plantains savoury (in all my 33 years on this glorious earth). You get my award for revolutionalising African cooking! Well done

  6. Wow, nutrition facts and cost per serving, that is great that you provide such valuable information.

    I just found some actual cannoli shells at a deli close to my house so I was excited to recreate creations I’ve seen in chic pastries too! Loving the ricotta, I bet they were delcious! I was wondering what I would do if I found a great filling but worried what I would do if I ever moved since I had never seen them before and wondered if I could ever find them again. I guess Pita chips is the answer, I’ll use pita chips!

  7. Oh. My. Word. Those look absolutely amazing!!!!! I love cannoli. I think I need to make these immediately. And happy birthday! I’m glad you’re having fun celebrating.

    Again — YUM!!

  8. Shopping spree and Mike’s cannoli, how can you go wrong? My in-laws laws in Boston and we always go to B&G when we’re there…I’m glad you had a good time with your brother. Hey, thanks for the PBO support, I really really appreciate it. When did you leave Chicago?

  9. These are soooo cute!!! What a great idea! I’ve actually never had cannoli before since they’re usually covered in nuts, I never really thought to make something similar at home! Love your pictures too!!!

  10. Monica told me the other day you had this recipe up! YUM, I LOVE cannoli filling. I don’t need the shell but I really like the idea of a chip. I’m thinking I can toast cut up and toast some tortillas sprinkled with a little sugar as I always have some on hand. Thank for sharing!

    Btw, It looks like you guys had a blast!

  11. I love cannolis! Especially the triple chocolate ones at Mike’s! This is such an adorable idea. I bet those cinnamon sugar Stacy’s pita chips would make great bases too!

  12. Thanks everyone! I’m glad our goofy pictures made people smile :)

    Megan – Great idea to use the cinnamon sugar pita chips, I’ll have to try that next time!

  13. These look amazing. What kind of Pita chips are best for these? The only ones I can find are triangular but I’d love some round ones!

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