almond flavored canoli filling piped into a martini glass with crushed patachios and chocolate shavings with pastry chips

Unholy Cannoli (Boozy Cannoli)

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Unholy Cannoli ( Boozy Cannoli )

You will love this new deliciously sinful, Boozy Cannoli. It’s an easy Italian Cannoli with Amaretto custard cream, chocolate, and pistachios. This recipe features air-fried cannoli chips.  This alcohol infused pastry does not have to be piped with cannoli filling, no deep fryer, and you don’t have to worry about those crispy cannoli shells getting soggy from sitting too long.  You can make delicious Cannoli in no time and they are so fun to serve.

This is the quintessential Italian dessert, that provides a sweet finish to a special dinner.



Amaretto Custard Cream

  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Half & Half
  • Flour
  • Corn Starch
  • Amaretto

Cannoli Chips

  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Cooking spray


  • Finely Chopped Hershey Chocolate Bar
  • Chopped Pistachios


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The Traditional Cannoli

Cannoli is an iconic Italian dessert known for its crispy outer shell and creamy filling. If you are a food lover or have a sweet tooth, then Cannoli should definitely be on your radar. Not only is it delicious, but Cannoli is also steeped in a rich history and culture that is unique to Italy.

The Cannoli has become a beloved dessert around the world, and its popularity has led to countless variations and adaptations. So, whether you’re looking to try a traditional Cannoli or a modern interpretation, it’s a dessert that is well worth your attention. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you


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Cannoli Fun Facts



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What is Rompicoglioni? – Ball breaker

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What is Faccia di culo? – Assface

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What is Bacha ma culo? – Kiss my Ass

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Unholy Cannoli  Boozy Cannoli

almond flavored canoli filling piped into a martini glass with crushed patachios and chocolate shavings with pastry chips
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Unholy Cannoli

Deconstructed Cannoli with Chocolate, Pistachios, and Amaretto
Prep Time20 minutes
refrigeration Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Air-fried Cannoli, Amaretto Cannoli, Amaretto Custard Cream, Cannoli, Cannoli chips, Cannoli Dip, Cannoli dip and chips, Cannolis with chocolate and pistachios, Decontructed Cannoli, Easy Cannoli Recipe, Low-calorie cannoli, Unholy Cannoli
Yield: 6
Author: Stu Padasso



Amaretto Custard Cream

  • 1 Egg
  • ½ tsp Vanilla
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 16 oz Half and Half
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 3 Tbsp Amaretto

Cannoli Chips

  • 1 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Butter (softened)
  • 2 Tbsp White Sugar
  • ¼ cup Water (iced)
  • Olive Oil Cooking spray


  • ½ Bar of finely chopped Hershey Chocolate Bar (or similar)
  • ½ Cup Chopped Pistachios


Make Your Amaretto Custard Cream

  • Mix Custard ingredients with a hand blender in a medium glass bowl
  • Put the bowl of custard in the microwave for 3 minutes, and cook
  • Remove the bowl of custard from the microwave and stir
  • Microwave custard for another 2 minutes
  • Stir
  • Allow the custard to cool
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours

Make Cannoli Chips

  • Combine flour, softened butter, sugar, and water
  • Mix well
  • Use your hands to shape into two balls of dough
  • Place a sheet of wax paper on a table, and sprinkle with flour
  • Place a ball of dough on the wax paper, and sprinkle lightly with flour
  • Use a rolling pin to make a large, thin, rectangle shape
  • Use a kitchen scraper to trim the edges of the dough
  • Remove the air fryer tray mesh tray
  • Preheat the air-fryer to 400 degrees
  • Use the kitchen scraper to cut the dough into triangles
  • Place the Cannoli chip triangles on the air fryer mesh tray
  • Spray the top side of chips with oil spray
  • Place the tray over your sink and spray the bottom side of the Cannoli chips through the mesh tray
  • Air fry Cannoli chips for approximately 5-6 minutes
  • Remove the mesh tray and place the cooked chips on a baking tray
  • Repeat the chip-making process with the second ball of dough
  • Once all the chips have been removed from the oven,, and placed on a baking tray, use a flour sifter to cover both sides of the chips with powdered sugar

Assemble your Unholy Cannolis

  • Place a large scoop of Amaretto Custard Cream at the bottom of a small Martini glass
  • Sprinkle with finely diced chocolate and pistachios
  • Repeat with remaining dessert glasses
  • Store the desserts in the refrigerator until you are ready to ser
  • Insert 2-3 Cannoli chips on the side of the custard just before serving

For a great traditional (Tube) Cannoli

You will want to shape dough circles around dowel sticks, and air fry the shells.  For the Amaretto Custard cream, you will want an additional 1 Tbsp Flour, and 1 Tbsp Corn starch so the filling holds more firmly in the tube-shape Cannoli shell.

Non-Alcoholic version:  If you want a more Holy Cannoli(no alcohol), leave out the Amaretto, and add 1/4 tsp, Almond extract instead.  Mama Mia!


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