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Caramel Apple Cannoli
Caramel Apple Cannoli
Caramel Apple Cannoli

12 Traditional Cannoli Shells

2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Caramel Sauce:
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped peanuts for garnish
Confectioners' sugar for dusting


To make the filling:
Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To make the caramel sauce:

In a saucepan (at least 5 cup capacity), stir together the sugar, corn syrup, and water until the sugar is completely moistened.  Place a candy thermometer in the saucepan so that the tip is immersed in the sugar mixture.

Place the saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil.  Stop stirring and allow the mixture to boil undisturbed until it turns a deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. The temperature should be about 300 degrees F.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly and carefully pour the warm cream into the caramel.  Be careful because the mixture will bubble and foam.
With a wooden spoon or heat-resistant spatula, stir the mixture until smooth.  Stir in the butter and salt.  Allow the mixture to cool for 3 minutes and then stir in the vanilla.  If the caramel sauce begins to harden too much before serving, simply place it over low heat and stir until it is of drizzling consistency.

To serve the cannoli:
Fill the cannoli shells just before serving to prevent the shells from becoming soggy.  Put the filling in a pastry bag and fill the shells by piping the filling in one end and then the other.  Sprinkle the exposed filling at each end of the cannoli with some of the chopped peanuts.  Place each filled cannoli on a serving dish.  Sprinkle the top with confectioners' sugar.  Drizzle some of the caramel sauce over the top.
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This is a delicious variation of the traditional cannoli recipe.  It's a great dessert for any fall get-together or a special addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table. The recipe is very easy to simplify by purchasing ready made cannoli shells and a good-quality caramel sauce. 
Then all you have to do is stir together the filling ingredients, fill the shells, and serve.
Get ready for your next holiday party with these ready-made cannoli shells... just fill and serve.
The best cannoli are those made at home. With Norpro cannoli forms, this has never been easier.  Simply cut a 5" circle of dough, wrap it around a tube and drop it in the oil. Once cooled, the tube is removed and your beautifully browned cannoli shells are ready to be filled.
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