Crisp cannoli shells made in the oven from thick-cut bacon, and stuffed with homemade vanilla and maple flavored ricotta cheese
- 10 slices bacon thick-cut preferred
- 1 cup ricotta cheese either homemade or store-bought
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips milk or dark chocolate
Make Bacon Cannoli Shells
Roll squares of aluminum foil into long rod shapes, or use cannoli rod. Wrap 2-3 slices of bacon around each rod, separated by about 1/2 inch. Place these on aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
Place baking sheet into cold oven, and turn on to 400F. Once oven reaches temperature, check frequently and remove bacon cannoli once golden brown - approximately 5-7 minutes after oven reaches 400.
Once cool, separate individual bacon cannoli shells and remove foil rods.
Make Flavored Ricotta
Beat 1 cup ricotta in stand mixer or mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar. Divide sweetened ricotta in half.
Add vanilla to half of sweetened ricotta and mix well. Scrape into piping bag (may use plastic bag with one corner cut off). Add maple syrup to second half of ricotta and mix well, then scrape into second piping bag.
Squeeze ricotta filling into bacon shells. Use chopstick to assist filling in reaching middle if needed, and you may need to fill cannoli from both ends. Fill half of the cannoli with maple ricotta and half with vanilla.
Top with chocolate chips, and enjoy!