Chocolate Cannoli Eclairs

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 1h 35m

Makes 12 éclairs

The luscious filling of ricotta, chocolate, and cherries is similar to that used in cannoli, a well-known Italian dessert. Here it fills traditional French eclairs.


  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces or chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons chopped candied cherries
  • Cream Puff Pastry
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces or chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios

Companion recipe: Cream Puff Pastry


In a medium mixing bowl stir together ricotta cheese, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Stir till smooth. Fold in 1/3 cup chocolate pieces or chopped chocolate and the candied cherries. Cover and chill.

Prepare cream puff pastry as directed, except spoon dough into a decorating bag fitted with a large plain round tip (about a 1/2-inch opening). Slowly pipe strips of dough 3 inches apart onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, making 12 ├ęclairs, each about 4 inches long, 1 1/4 inches wide, and about 3/4 inch high. Bake in a preheated 400 degrees F oven for 30-35 minutes, or till golden brown. Remove ├ęclairs from baking sheet. Cool on a rack.

Up to 1 hour before serving, horizontally cut off the tops of the eclairs. Remove any soft dough from the insides. Fill eclairs with ricotta filling. Replace tops. Melt 1/3 cup chocolate pieces or chopped chocolate, shortening, and corn syrup over low heat; drizzle or pipe over eclairs. Sprinkle with nuts. Chill.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2349

nutrition information per serving

277 calories; 18g total fat; 104mg cholesterol; 124mg sodium; 22g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 9g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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