Our kitchen is where the delicious magic unfolds. I’m all about simple recipes and sharing them with our online pals

Do Cannolis Need To Be Refrigerated

If you’re looking for a dessert that strikes a perfect balance between soft filling and crunchy crust, you should go for cannolis! The Italian dessert is made by combining dairy cheese with fried pastry dough. But, do cannolis need to be refrigerated?

The ideal way to serve cannolis is when they’re chilled. This way, the creamy filling is capable of retaining its shape without making the shell go soggy. However, when it comes to storing cannolis, it’s best to separate the fried shells from the filling.

See if Brownies need to be refrigerated

If you want to know more about storing cannolis, keep on reading this guide!

Do Cannolis Go Bad?

Cannolis are made of two distinct components, which are the dairy-based filling and the fried pastry dough. Both of them will eventually go bad but at a vastly different rate.

Ideally, the fried shell can last for quite some time before going bad, which can last for up to 2 days outside the fridge. On the other hand, the dairy-based filling will start to spoil at a much quicker rate when it’s left outside.

For instance, ricotta cheese (one of the most popular cannoli fillings) can only last for about 2 hours when they’re left in the open without refrigeration.

Do Filled Cannolis Need to Be Refrigerated?

Cannolis may be kept inside the fridge for about 2 hours, but will rapidly get mushy. It’s preferable to keep the shells separate from the filling in the refrigerator. Keep the shells at room temperature in an airtight container. Refrigerate the filling inside a securely covered bowl.

Technically speaking, you can store filled cannolis in the refrigerator. By doing this you’ll keep both the fried pastry shell and the dairy-based filling at a temperature lower than 40 degrees F.

This will slow down bacterial growth and keep the cannolis good for eating anywhere between 3 to 5 days, depending on the type of filling used.

Other Food Storage Articles You May Be Interested In

However, just because you can do this, doesn’t mean you should. This is because filled cannolis will start to become soggy within a few hours in the refrigerator, which loses the characteristic brittleness of the fried shell that makes it a unique delicacy.

With all that said, you should always keep filled cannolis in the refrigerator until they’re served to make sure they’re as fresh as possible.


How Long Can Cannoli Sit Out?

A Cannoli can sit out of the fridge for no more than 2 hours. The chance of microorganisms infecting the food drastically rises after this time, especially if the ambient temperature is above 80 F

Reduce this cannoli sit-out time to 1 hour if you reside in a warm environment where the temperature usually exceeds 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can You Freeze Cannolis?

The answer here is similar to refrigeration. Yes, you can freeze-filled cannolis to keep them safe to eat but cannolis will still lose their crunchiness and become soggy, which loses one of the most pleasant parts of this dessert.

However, you can keep the components of the cannolis separated and freeze the filling in an airtight container, which should retain its quality for up to a month. Once you need it, allow the filling to thaw while you prepare the fried crusts, and enjoy!

What is the Ideal Way to Serve and Store Cannolis?

As a general rule, cannolis should always be served fresh and immediately after they’re prepared. I love cannolis with a warming hot chocolate at Christmas carols!

Even traditional Italian bakeries only keep some refrigerated ones for display purposes, but they prepare a fresh batch for customers on the spot once they’re ordered.

If you have to prepare cannolis and wait a few hours before serving them, it’s best to prepare the fried dough and the filling in separate containers and combine them immediately before eating them.

How to Store Cannoli Shells

To store and keep cannoli shells fresh:

  • Line The Plastic or Glass Container with paper towels.
  • Ensure it has an air-tight lid
  • Carefully put in the cannoli
  • Do not Stack the Cannolis too high on top of each other
  • place them carefully in an airtight container lined with a paper towel.
  • The paper towel will help keep them fresh and will absorb excess moisture.
    Store your cannoli shells in a cool dry place away from heat sources such as ovens or microwaves. Keep them out of direct sunlight. Avoid storing them in plastic bags or containers.

How to Store Homemade Cannoli Filling

Place the filling in a firmly covered dish (keep out the air) and keep it in the refrigerator. The filling will keep in the fridge for up to 6-8 days.

Because of the increased moisture, adding any wet or runny flavorings (such as fruit) can reduce the life span of your filling somewhat. Dry flavorings will have no impact.

Give the filling a brief stir before filling the shells if it has split
If it is not so light then you can gently use a whisk to make it fluffy again


The filling cannolis are typically dairy-based and will deteriorate quickly after only an hour or two if the temperature is warm, this will lead to soggy cannoli shells. 

You can delay the seeping of the filling into the cannolis shell by refrigerating the cannolis. This essentially solidifies the filling and stops the liquid from starting to come out of the feeling and into the cannoli shell thus making it soggy.

Is It Possible to Freeze Cannoli Dough?

The cannoli dough may also be frozen. it freezes very well

How To Freeze Cannoli Dough

Make serving-size balls out of the dough. Then cover the balls in plastic clingwrap before covering them in aluminum foil. This keeps the dough moist and prevents it from drying out.

The dough may be frozen for up to 6 months.

Can You Prepare Cannolis  Ahead of Time?

For the finest quality, I suggest filling your cannolis no more than one hour before serving. The moisture from the cannoli-filling mixture will begin to seep into the shell as soon as you fill it.

What Can Leftover Cannoli Cream Be Used For

Remember the Cannoli Filling Is Mainly Made from Whipped Cream, Mascarpone, and Ricotta Cheese.

Here Are Some Clever Ways How to Use Leftover Cannoli Filling:

  • Make an Eaton Mess (classic dessert in a long glass)
  • Make a fruit parfait
  • Use it for a cake-filling
  • Top A cheesecake with it
  • Fold it into a cream puff pastry Add it to ice cream Put it in a pie crust Stir some into vanilla pudding Use it for a cookie dough filling.
If you Like it, Share it Please!

I’m Maha, the chef in our little kitchen, and David, well, he’s the taste-tester extraordinaire. Plus, we’ve got a pint-sized tornado, our two-year-old, keeping things lively...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *