Cannoli Cookies

Cannoli Cookies... when you want to make a great impression at a party with  cookies that will quickly disappear.


Cannoli Cookies

Ingredients

For 4 Dozen(s)

For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted pistachios
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 8 ounces whole milk ricotta, room temperature
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

For the Glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk, plus more if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Decorating:

  • crushed pistachios and candied cherries to decorate
 
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Directions

  1. To make the Cookies:
    1. Place the pistachios in the bowl of a food processor and process until coarsely chopped, about 15-20 seconds. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
    2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and zest. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    5. Beat in the egg and the ricotta.
    6. Add in the dry ingredients little by little until a dough forms. Mix in the pistachios and chocolate chips.
    7. Using a tablespoon, roll the dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. The bottoms of the cookies should slightly brown. Cool completely before glazing.
  2. To make the Glaze:
    1. In a bowl mix together the confectioners sugar, vanilla and milk until a smooth glaze forms. Add less milk for a thicker glaze or more for a thinner glaze. Spoon over the cookies and decorate with chopped pistachios and candied cherries.
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