Key Lime Cannoli

Key Lime Cannoli
Servings: 8 Prep 25 mins Chill 20 mins to 30 mins Bake 350°F 8 mins to 10 mins


  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 8 ounces nonfat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
Cannoli Shells:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cook oats
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 egg whites, lightly beaten

Make It


1. Sprinkle gelatin over warm water in glass measure. Place measure in saucepan of simmering water; stir to dissolve gelatin.

2. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sugar, zest and juice in bowl until smooth. Add ricotta cheese and gelatin mixture; beat until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap; chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes.

Prepare Cannoli Shells:

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine sugar, flour, oats, almonds, cocoa and salt in bowl. Stir margarine, vanilla, almond extract and whites in small bowl. Gradually add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing until blended.

4. Coat baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter onto corner of baking sheet; spread out with spatula to about 4-inch circle. Repeat to make 16 circles.

5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until still slightly flexible. Remove from oven. Carefully roll into cylinders, 3/4-inch diameter. If cookies begin to stiffen, return to oven for 30 seconds to soften. Let rolled cookies cool until crisp.

6. Spoon filling in pastry bag with large writing tip. Fill each cookie with 2 tablespoons filling. Makes 8 servings (2 cannoli per serving).

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 212, Fat, total (g): 7, chol. (mg): 87, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 27, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 10, sodium (mg): 263, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.