How to Make Cannolis Without Cannoli Tubes?

Last Updated on May 31, 2023 by Lauren Beck

As someone who loves the irresistible charm of cannolis, I understand the frustration of not having cannolis tubes on hand. 

But fear not! In this article, I’ll guide you through making cannolis without cannolis tubes. Get ready to create these delectable Italian treats with alternative methods that are easy and accessible. 

Let’s dive into cannolis-making and indulge in the sweet pleasure of homemade cannolis!

How to Make Cannolis Without Cannoli Tubes?

To make cannolis without cannoli tubes:

  1. Prepare and roll out the dough.
  2. Cut into circles and wrap around cylindrical objects.
  3. Seal the edges and remove the objects.
  4. Fry the shells until golden brown.
  5. Cool, fill with the desired filling, and garnish if desired.

Enjoy your homemade cannolis without the need for cannolis tubes!

What is Cannoli?

Cannoli is a popular Italian dessert consisting of a crispy fried pastry shell filled with a sweet and creamy ricotta cheese filling. 

It is often flavored with vanilla, chocolate, or citrus zest and sometimes includes additional ingredients like nuts or candied fruit. 

Cannolis are a beloved treat that originated in Sicily and has gained popularity worldwide.

What Is Cannoli Tube Made Of?

Cannoli tubes are typically made of stainless steel or food-safe materials. They are long, cylindrical tubes with a slightly tapered shape and are used to shape the cannoli dough into the iconic tubular form before frying.

How Do You Pipe Cannoli?

You can use an alternative method to shape and pipe the cannoli dough when you don’t have cannoli tubes. Here’s how:

  • Cut Dough Circles: Roll out the cannoli dough and cut it into circles using a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass.
  • Wrap Around a Form: Wrap each dough circle around a cylindrical form, such as a metal piping nozzle or a thick wooden dowel, ensuring the dough overlaps slightly.
  • Seal the Edges: Moisten the edges of the dough with a little water and press them together to seal.
  • Remove the Form: Carefully slide the wrapped dough off the cylindrical form, leaving a hollow center.
  • Repeat and Fry: Repeat the process with the remaining dough circles. Fry the shaped cannoli shells until golden brown and crisp.

What Size Is a Cannoli Tube?

Rolling Dough on a Tube

Cannoli tubes come in various sizes, typically 4 to 6 inches long. The diameter can also vary, with some tubes being larger or smaller depending on personal preference.

How Do You Drain Ricotta for Cannoli?

Properly draining ricotta is crucial to achieving a thick and creamy cannoli filling. Here’s how to do it:

  • Place the ricotta in a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth-lined colander over a bowl.
  • Allow the ricotta to drain in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight if possible.
  • Discard any excess liquid that accumulates in the bowl.

How Unhealthy Is a Cannoli?

While cannolis are undeniably indulgent, it’s all about moderation. Enjoying a cannoli as an occasional treat is part of a balanced lifestyle [1]. 

The rich filling and fried shell contribute to its decadence, but savoring one in moderation can be a delightful and satisfying experience.

What Is the Best Oil to Fry Cannolis In?

When it comes to frying cannolis, using an oil with a high smoke point is ideal. 

Good options include vegetable oil, canola oil, or peanut oil, as they can withstand high frying temperatures without burning or imparting unwanted flavors to the cannoli shells.


With creativity and resourcefulness, you can still enjoy Cannolis’ delightful crunch and creamy filling, even without traditional Cannolis tubes. Following the alternative methods outlined in this article, you can shape and create these Italian treats right in your kitchen. 

Embrace the joy of homemade cannolis, experiment with different fillings and flavors, and impress your friends and family with your cannolis-making skills. 

So don’t let the lack of cannoli tubes hold you back – it’s time to savor the delectable goodness of homemade cannolis, made with love and ingenuity. 


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