This is a recipe for cannoli muffins that I've engineered from a combination of boredom and hubris with amazing results.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 muffins
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.

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  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.

  • Whisk eggs, 1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons orange juice, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ricotta, vegetable oil, milk, sugar, orange zest, sour cream, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; pour in egg mixture and chocolate chips. Stir until flour is just moistened. Be sure not to overmix to avoid overly tough muffins.

  • Spoon about 1/4 cup batter into each muffin cup.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Fresh orange juice works best, but store-bought works too.

Omit the chocolate chips and add a chocolate frosting for an easy cupcake.

Nutrition Facts

208 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 24.4g 8% DV; fat 11.1g 17% DV; cholesterol 34.9mg 12% DV; sodium 147.6mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2020
I normally don't like to review recipes I don't follow fairly precisely but I think this recipe has a lot of potential. My muffins were light and fluffy and mildly sweet. I used Simply Orange orange juice (only 1/2 cup) cut the zest to 1T packed added 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp cinnamon and dark chocolate chips. I ended up adding a little baking soda because I ran out of baking powder (probably about 3/4 T powder and 1/4 T soda). Next time I will up the cinnamon a little more as it was not noticeable. A nice presentation would be to sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top like a real cannoli. These would also be good adapted as cupcakes stuffed with cannoli cream filling and frosted. Thanks for the inspiration. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/28/2019
I felt like these muffins had too much orange flavor and not enough sweetness, but my husband really liked them, so I give them 3 stars. The orange overpowered all other flavors, instead of complimenting them like in an actual cannoli. I would definitely reduce the amount of zest, and probably reduce the amount of juice too--as the batter was almost too wet with using oil, ricotta, orange juice, milk, and sour cream all at once. A bit too much moisture overall, because they also rose a lot while baking, but deflated once out of the oven and became a bit dense. In the future, I think I'd add a touch more sugar, reduce the orange flavor, and maybe add a bit of vanilla extract, almond extract, hint of cinnamon, and pistachios to make them even more like the cannolis I enjoy. Thanks for the recipe though--it was fun to try something different! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/28/2019
I felt like these muffins had too much orange flavor and not enough sweetness, but my husband really liked them, so I give them 3 stars. The orange overpowered all other flavors, instead of complimenting them like in an actual cannoli. I would definitely reduce the amount of zest, and probably reduce the amount of juice too--as the batter was almost too wet with using oil, ricotta, orange juice, milk, and sour cream all at once. A bit too much moisture overall, because they also rose a lot while baking, but deflated once out of the oven and became a bit dense. In the future, I think I'd add a touch more sugar, reduce the orange flavor, and maybe add a bit of vanilla extract, almond extract, hint of cinnamon, and pistachios to make them even more like the cannolis I enjoy. Thanks for the recipe though--it was fun to try something different! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2020
I normally don't like to review recipes I don't follow fairly precisely but I think this recipe has a lot of potential. My muffins were light and fluffy and mildly sweet. I used Simply Orange orange juice (only 1/2 cup) cut the zest to 1T packed added 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp cinnamon and dark chocolate chips. I ended up adding a little baking soda because I ran out of baking powder (probably about 3/4 T powder and 1/4 T soda). Next time I will up the cinnamon a little more as it was not noticeable. A nice presentation would be to sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top like a real cannoli. These would also be good adapted as cupcakes stuffed with cannoli cream filling and frosted. Thanks for the inspiration. Read More
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