Some easy cannoli recipes include Kraft's classic cannolis and the Food Republic's basic cannolis. Both call for ready-made pre-baked cannoli shells to cut down on the cooking time.
Make Food Republic's basic cannolis by mixing 1 32-ounce container of part-skim ricotta cheese with 3/4 cup of confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 cup of mini chocolate chips. Spoon the filling into a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off. Pipe the filling into 18 to 24 cannoli shells, starting from the center of the shell and working out toward both sides. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve. You can also flavor the filling with orange or chocolate extract and garnish the cannolis with orange zest or cocoa powder.
Kraft's recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in the filling in addition to ricotta cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and mini chocolate chips, and suggests that you chill the filling for up to 30 minutes before piping it into the shells. You can also make cannoli shells by combing 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, then working in 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, 1 egg yolk and 1/2 cup of dry white wine. Knead the dough into discs, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate before baking.