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With the weather finally cooling off a little here in Alabama, I’ve been daydreaming of all of the wonderful holiday treats that I want to make this year. Once I feel that cool air come in, I grab my fuzzy socks, curl up in a blanket, pour myself a cup of my beloved coffee, take out my trusty notepad and pen and get busy jotting down all of the ideas I have for our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
This time of year is always so busy for us. It seems like once Halloween has come and gone, our calendar immediately starts filling up with events, holiday parties and functions. I take menu planning for the holidays very seriously, and I always try to incorporate something new on the dessert table…no matter what holiday it is!
Since I’ll likely be attending multiple pot-luck style parties this season, I decided I needed to add something fun and unique to my cooking repertoire that would be simple, full of flavor and perfect for people to munch on without need of a fork or spoon – a perfect party food! I wanted to break free from the more traditional desserts (i.e cakes and cookies) and serve something unexpected and not traditionally viewed as a holiday dish.
So as I sat curled up with my blanket, sipping on my peppermint mocha flavored coffee (I start getting in the Christmas spirit early, y’all), I had a delicious epiphany come over me that I knew would be the MVP of all the dishes on the dessert table this year.
Why not take the same coffee creamer that was already making my coffee SO insanely delicious and incorporate it into a cream filled pastry that everyone would love? My mouth nearly started watering at the mere thought! I knew right away that I wanted to whip up a batch of White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cannoli Cups to celebrate the upcoming holidays with, so that’s exactly what I did! 😉
Since I had already worked my way through my current bottle of coffee creamer, I headed straight to Walmart to snag a couple more bottles of International Delight® Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer. When I pulled my shopping cart up to the refrigerated dairy and creamer section, I seriously had to fight the urge to put one of every single flavor into my cart. There’s so many wonderful options! (I did sneak the new Pumpkin Pie Spice flavor into my cart…because, how could I not?!) 😉
While I was at the store, I picked up just a few other ingredients that I needed and headed straight home to test out my first batch of cannoli cream.
I grabbed the Peppermint Mocha creamer and poured it straight into a bowl (right after pouring myself another cup of coffee, of course) and added in a little corn starch. I whisked it around until it was completely smooth and then let it rest for about 20 minutes.
After the cream mixture rested, I poured it into a skillet and added in 1/2 cup powdered sugar and a tad more creamer. I cooked the cream over medium heat for roughly 6-7 minutes until it turned very thick and glaze-like. I immediately removed it from the heat and set it out to cool. I recommend putting a layer of plastic wrap on top of the cream to prevent a film from forming over it. I let the mixture rest once more until it reached room temperature
While I was waiting for the cream to cool, I preheated my oven to 350 F and took out a package of wonton wrappers and a mini muffin pan. Wonton wrapper are an excellent secret weapon to use in the kitchen, as they crisp up very nicely and make a perfect little pastry cup. You can find them in the refrigerated produce section, by the way!
After forming the wonton wrappers into each mini muffin cup, I baked them for about 10-12 minutes. They came out of the oven so beautifully golden and crisp, I just had to snap a picture!
I transferred the cannoli cream into a piping bag so that I could easily fill the cups up with minimal mess-making, but you can certainly use a spoon to fill each wonton cup. You can choose to refrigerate the cream a little before putting it on the cups if you prefer your cream to be on the colder side.
I grabbed a handful of peppermint candies and put them in a plastic bag to crush them up so I could add a little extra peppermint garnish to the cannoli cups. I also topped each one with a few white chocolate chips to give it a little something extra.
These little bite-sized desserts are seriously the cat’s meow, you guys. I mean, SO good! They’re also a perfect compliment to a cup of coffee in the morning flavored with International Delight® Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer, too!
Here’s a free printable copy of my recipe for you to save and try on your own. When you head out to Walmart to pick up your bottle of International Delight Coffee Creamer, grab a few different flavors! You can totally make this cannoli cup recipe work with any of the available flavors you find in the store!
Peppermint Mocha Cannoli Cups
- 1 1/3 cup International Delight® Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer
- 1 15 oz container ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 package wonton wrappers
- 1 handful peppermints - crushed
- 1 handful white chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, pour 1 cup of the International Delight Coffee Creamer and slowly wisk in cornstarch until completely smooth
- Let mixture sit for 20 minutes
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Using a mini muffin pan, place 1 wrapper in each muffin cup and allow it to form to the round shape
- Bake wonton wrappers for 10-12 minutes - or until hardened and golden brown
- Pour cream mixture into a sauce pan and heat on medium-low heat. Add in remaining coffee creamer and powdered sugar
- Using a wisk, stir the contents constantly until it thickens considerably (about 6-7 minutes)
- Remove from heat
- Add in both almond and vanilla extract and stir
- Place a layer of plastic wrap over the mixture to prevent a film from forming over the top. Allow to sit until mixture is room temperature - roughly 20-30 minutes
- After the mixture reaches room temp, add in entire container of ricotta cheese and stir well
- Transfer mixture into a piping bag (or use a small spoon) and pipe into wonton cups
- Top with crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips
- Serve immediately or refrigerate
And speaking of using other flavors, remember me mentioning how I snuck a bottle of International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice coffee creamer into my shopping cart? Well, I had a plan for that up my sleeves the whole time! I made a second batch of cannoli cups that are bursting with delicious pumpkin flavor. They’ll be perfect to nibble on after Thanksgiving dinner! 😀
I’ll also be making this AH-MAZING Pumpkin Pie Spice Frappé to serve friends and family that come over for Thanksgiving. Isn’t is just dreamy?! The possibilities are really endless when it comes to using coffee creamer in the kitchen!
Be on the lookout for a special in-store International Delight display at Walmart in the very near future! And while you’re at it, go ahead and start planning out your holiday menu with some of these amazing recipes that incorporate International Delight Coffee Creamer!
Do you have a special dessert that you love to prepare during the holidays? Have you ever used coffee creamer to make a delicious dish before? Leave a comment below and share the love!