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Cherry Cannoli Cups

Cherry Cannoli CupsA deliciously impressive dessert, yet it is so very simple to prepare.

Recipe Ingredients:

48 wonton wrappers
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups chopped hazelnuts - divided use
1 (15-ounce) carton part-skim ricotta cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur, optional
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 jars (one 16-ounce and one 10-ounce) maraschino cherries, drained

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place wonton wrappers on a work surface; brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar. Press into greased miniature muffin cups. Sprinkle each wonton cup with 1 teaspoon hazelnuts.
  2. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the ricotta, cream cheese, powdered sugar, liqueur if desired and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Cut 24 cherries in half and set aside. Chop remaining cherries; fold into cheese mixture.
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon filling into each wonton cup. Sprinkle with remaining hazelnuts. Top with a reserved cherry half.

Makes 4 dozen cannoli cups.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of; through ECES, Inc., Electronic Color Editorial Services.