Gluten Free Cannoli Cookies

For a super-soft cookie with all of the cannoli flavors you love- these gluten free cannoli cookies are sure to be a big hit! Huge!

 Holy cannoli! Have I got a fun treat for you!

These simple and fun cookies will remind you of a beloved Italian treat. But, they are so much faster and easier to make! Plus, no frying required.

A traditional cannoli features a hard pastry shell filled with sweetened ricotta. These cookies are made with a hint of citrus, cinnamon, and nutmeg. They also feature...RICOTTA. This helps to create a lighter and fluffier cookie, almost cake-like.

And, these gluten free cannoli cookies are perfect for any occasion! Sunday brunch. Tuesday night book club. A baby shower. Or even Easter. 

I topped with a simple ricotta glaze and a little orange zest. You could also top with an orange glaze, powdered sugar, mini chocolate chips, or chopped pistachios.

For Italian cookie bliss, look no further. I've got you covered!

Stack of Gluten Free Cannoli Cookies

Ingredients in Gluten Free Cannoli Cookies

  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Ricotta
  • Orange Zest
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • Mini Chocolate Chips


What is a cannoli?

A cannoli is an Italian sweet treat that hails from Sicily. It is a fried pastry dough tube, filled with sweetened ricotta. The flavor of the ricotta tends to be fairly plain, often with a hint of citrus and cinnamon. The ends are often topped with mini chocolate chips or chopped pistachios. This golden, flaky treat has been around for hundreds of years, so you know they must be good!

Gluten Free Cannoli Cookies with a Ricotta Glaze

Is cannoli singular or plural???

Technically, cannoli is singular. I'd like to think it's because, of course, who can eat just one?!? But, I don't think that is the reason. In Italian, cannolo is the singular form. Basically, saying cannolis is the same as saying cakeses.


Storing Gluten Free Cannoli Cookies

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days. Bake and freeze for 1 month. You can also freeze the dough for up to one month.

Black plate with gluten free cannoli cookies

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Gluten Free Cannoli Cookies

For a super-soft cookie with all of the cannoli flavors you love- these gluten free cannoli cookies are sure to be a big hit! Huge!



  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 3/4 c. gluten free flour blend
  • 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

Ricotta Glaze

  • 1/2 c. ricotta
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. cream or milk
  • 1 tsp. orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Then, beat in the ricotta, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and orange zest. Next, beat in the baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Beat in the gluten free flour blend. Finally, stir in the mini chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 30+ minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a medium scoop (1.5 Tbsp.), scoop cookie dough and place on a lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 11-14 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely before glazing.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the ricotta, melted butter, cream, orange juice, vanilla, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. Dip the top of each cookie in the glaze. If desired, sprinkle with orange zest. Store cookies in the fridge.


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