Pistachio Cannoli Filling

pistachio cannoli


You all know how much I love pistachios. I mean it’s a love like no other. It surpasses my love of turtles even, and you all know how crazy I am about turtles. Pistachios are my go to snack. My favourite thing to munch on while watching a t.v. show or a movie. I love using them in baking. Any excuse to crack open some pistachios is a good day in my book.

When Aurora Importing sent me some cannoli shells I knew exactly what I was going in them. I knew it just had to be something pistachio. I knew I could just dunk the ends of the cannoli’s in chopped pistachios but that just wasn’t going to float my pistachio boat enough. I wanted more. So I decided to add flavour to the filling. I made two batches. One traditional batch using a wonderful recipe by Grace’s Sweet Life. She makes a wicked good cannoli filling using ricotta which I loved. Mini-me however is not a ricotta fan so I decided to make a batch using whipped cream instead. Then I made the leap to adding a hint of pistachio flavour to the whipped cream. Then I dunked the ends in chopped pistachio. In my world if a little pistachio is good then a lot of pistachio is even better. It’s a good motto to have. More pistachio makes a happier Lunatic.


Pistachio Cannoli Filling

Pistachio Cannoli Filling


  • 2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
  • 2 tablespoons pistachio pudding mix, unprepared
  • Garnish: 1 cup chopped pistachios


  • In a stand mixer (or use a bowl with a hand mixer) using the whisk attachment, beat the whipping cream until light and fluffy. I usually start slow until it thickens a little otherwise it will splash all over your kitchen.
  • Once it's light and fluffy, add the dry pudding mix and mix until well combined.
  • Scoop the filling into a piping bag with a large tip.
  • Pipe the filling into your cannoli shells.
  • Dip both ends of each cannoli in the chopped pistachios.
  • Place in the fridge for about an hour.
  • Serve with a big old pistachio smile!

pistachio cannoli

These are the bomb. I know we all use that phrase way too much. In this case however it’s wickedly true. They are so good. I could eat them all up by myself. Not that I did or anything. I mean who would do that. *wipes pistachio cream off her face*

Now I know it’s not a traditional cannoli filling. If you want one of those I would head over to Grace’s Sweet Life and use her recipe like I did. It’s fantastic. She has a cookbook too, which I don’t have but it’s on my list of must have’s for 2013.

I’ve worked with Aurora Importing before and completely love their products. So when we talked about working together again I was thrilled. They know I am a pistachio fan so they also sent me a Fiasconaro Dolce Verde Pistachio Italian Christmas Cake. It’s similar to panettone but loaded with pistachios and comes with a pistachio cream you spread on top. It’s divine, a pistachio lovers dream come true. The lovely folks at Aurora Importing offered to give away 1 of these bad boys to one of my readers. So if you like pistachios, and who amongst us does not, we’d love for you to enter.

pistachio pannetone

Pistachio Pannetone courtesy of Aurora Importing.

Giveaway Closed, Winner has been drawn. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Giveaway is open to Canadian Residents only. Sorry US and International friends. Giveaway will close on January 3, 2013 at midnight. Winner will be notified by email and has 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.


pistachio cake

Almost ready to be sliced into!

Aurora Importing is such a great company. I encourage you to visit their blog as well. It has lots of cool recipes and information. You can also check out their Aurora Youtube Channel. They also have a Recipedeo Youtube channel that’s wicked cool.

I would also like to extend an invite for you all to stop back on Saturday when I will be sharing my olive oil tasting with you and giving away a Frantoi Cutrera Specialty Tasting Box. I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome these oils are. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on it with you on Saturday. With lots of photos.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. 1

    Yum! The cannoli’s look amazing! I am a huge pistachio lover!! The cake looks incredible!

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    I like you on FB!

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    I like Aurora Importing on FB

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    I follow you on Twitter!

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    I follow Aurora Importing on Twitter!

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    Tweeted your giveaway!

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    I wish I lived in Canada!

  8. 15

    I am so drooling over this. Pistachios and I go back a long time, to the days when eating them left you with red fingers, lips and tongue.

    • 16

      I always like to hear that. I used to love the red ones. Always felt like you were misbehaving a little bit or something.

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    oh yummmm! Pistachios are gourmet food

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    I like you on facebook too

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    Robin Chesser says:

    I liked cravings of a lunatic on FB.

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    Robin Chesser says:

    I liked Aurora Importing on FB.

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    Robin Chesser says:

    I can’t wait to make these cannoli!

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    Robin Chesser says:

    I followed you on Twitter @raechef2

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    Robin Chesser says:

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  16. 31

    Sounds amazing. I’m a huge fan of cannoli anything and my kids are little pistachioholics, so this is just perfect for us.

  17. 33

    What a great post…we love working with you Kim and are always so pleased at what you come up with. Glad you liked the Cannoli Shells and good luck to everyone for giveaway!!!

    • 34

      Thanks so much. It’s such a pleasure to work with you. I had way too much fun with the package you sent. Everything was wonderful. xx

  18. 35

    Wow! Those look wonderful, both the cannoli’s and cake. I may try the cannoli recipe as my husband loves pistachio…..hopefully we can share and not eat them all ourselves! :D

  19. 37

    Your cannoli look PERFECT, KimBee!!! I’m so glad you have such a wonderful giveaway for you Canucks :)

  20. 39

    I can see that they are the bomb. I wish I could enter the contest because I would love to try that panettone but we have other advantages to living in New Zealand. LOL.

    • 40

      I wish you could too. Trust me I feel your pain. Most giveaways exclude us Canucks so I know how you feel. I lol’d at the last sentence. I have a funny feeling you’re not looking out a window to a yard full of snow right now so you are one lucky duck.

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    Kathy Reitlo says:

    The cannoli and cake look yummy.

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    Kathy Reitlo says:

    I like Aurora Importing on facebook.

  23. 45

    How adorable these cannoli are?! Love pistachios too though cannot bring into house due to allergies. Great job. I should try making cannolii myself sometimes.

  24. 47

    Love these cannolis! They actually sound like they would be less heavy than traditional cannolis!

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    Tweeted about the giveaway @AsiyaBaig

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    Cannoli are my all time favorite dessert! I live this pistachio filling. I just want to eat it with a spoon :)

    • 60

      They are just the perfect little pastry. Something so adorable about cannoli. I pretty much did eat a lot of it with a spoon. It might have been a little sad how much I ate with a spoon.

  31. 61

    I love pistachios!! What a great idea for a cannoli!!

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    I follow you on Twitter!

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    And I like you on Facebook!

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    We love pistachios! Thanks for offering the giveaway. These cannoli look wonderful.

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    I like Aurora Importing on Facebook.

  37. 73

    I love love love cannoli! And pistachios! This sounds amazing, Kim!

    • 74

      Thanks so much Kate. I really have a weakness for both but needed something mini-me might eat. She’s a tricky one.

  38. 75

    Oh my gosh, I love pistachios so much too! I love cannolis just as much :) Hope you are having a happy holiday!!

    • 76

      They are a perfect combination. Glad to know I’m not the only one obsessed with pistachios. I’m having a lovely holiday season. Hope you are as well.

  39. 77

    Pistachios have such great flavor! Lately we’ve been eating a ton of Spumoni ice cream, in part because we enjoy the pistachio in it. Great idea to use as a cannoli filling. Good stuff – thanks.

    • 78

      Love Spumoni, it’s divine. I am a pistachio, well, nut for lack of a better word. It’s just so good. I munch on pistachios almost daily. They are my guilty pleasure, yet somehow I feel absolutely no guilt. Thanks for visiting John.

  40. 79

    Looks great! Thank you for the giveaway!

  41. 81

    Looks good! Never heard of using pistachios as an ingredient in a recipe, I only eat them from the shell. Would love to try this cake.

    • 82

      Pistachios are amazing in all kinds of things. Cakes, baked goods, even rice. I find any excuse to use them. They’re also really good in biscotti.

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    This looks delicious!

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    PISTACIO PANETTONE?? Good Lord….I’ve gone to heaven! :)

  50. 99

    This looks divine! Mmmmmm pistachios….they should be their own food group….

  51. 101

    Mmmmm pistachios….they should be a food group!

  52. 103

    A Canadian blog with lots of giveaways? Sold! (This is my first comment, so I don’t know whether your commenting font is always pistachio coloured – either way it made me grin..

    • 104

      Lol, thanks. So glad you like it here. There’s another one coming at you within a day. I laughed my head off over the pistachio coloured font, never occurred to me before.

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    Natalie T says:

    Pistachios and cannolis – a match made in heaven!

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    Never tried a pannetone before but this one looks delicious!

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    Those cannolis look fantastico! I could eat an entire plateful.

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    Carole B. says:

    Thanks for the great receipe, i love pistachio!

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    Carole B. says:

    Sorry wrong tweet, here’s the right one! https://twitter.com/gangadog/status/286882524012089344

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    Would love to make this, just wondering where I can buy pistachio pudding mix?

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    Thanks for the recipe, pistachios are so yummy!

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    I like Cravings of a Lunatic on Facebook
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    Love pistachio! and like Aurora Importing on FB

  83. 167

    This recipes looks great, not too complicated (just up my alley). Will try it for Valentine’s Day. :)

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    Cannoli + pistachios = YUM!

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    Giveaway Closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. Kim Bee

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