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Chocolate Anise Cannoli

Here’s that something-special treat you’ve been looking to add to your holiday cookie trays! We guarantee these wonton-wrapped bites with anise, cherries, chocolate, brandy and pistachios will be gone in a twinkling. —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 16 wonton wrappers
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cherry brandy
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons anise liqueur
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped shelled pistachios


  • Wrap a wonton wrapper around a metal cannoli tube. Moisten corner with water and seal. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining wrappers. Spritz with cooking spray; sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake at 325° for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes. Remove shells from tubes; cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, place cherries in a small bowl. Add brandy; let stand for 10 minutes. Drain and coarsely chop cherries. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, cocoa, liqueur and chopped cherries until blended.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip shell ends in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Press into pistachios. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  • Pipe filling into prepared shells. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 cannoli: 175 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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