cannoli icebox cake

As you probably noticed, I like cooking and I love “fictional” recipes. Over at Cooking the Book, I play around with foods straight out of books, movies, games, and television shows. In my explorations and research for those posts, I sometimes run across cookbooks by authors. Not really fictional, but related, so I can’t resist. Of course, I don’t resist cookbooks very well anyway… This one I ran across at the library, so I didn’t have to feel guilty about spending money (no spend January, after all) but I could still try out some new recipes. Win-win!

cannoli icebox cake

Many of you will recognize the author of this cookbook. Debbie Macomber is a best-selling novelist. In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that I’ve read exactly one of her books and I only went and grabbed it (from the library) after I found the cookbook. Some of you are probably more familiar with both her books and her recipes than I am; jump over to Facebook and tell us about your experiences with either!

Cannoli Icebox Cake

This recipe is in the new cookbook. It’s super simple, as an icebox cake should be, and it was delicious! It has the wonderful flavor and creaminess of cannoli without the laborious shell-making and filling.

cannoli icebox cake

I cut the recipe in half and made it in an 8″x8″ dish, partly because I didn’t want tons left over and partly because it was more affordable (marscapone cheese is not cheap, people!) I used cinnamon graham crackers because I had them in my pantry. They added a nice extra dimension to the cake. Overall, it was not super sweet which is always a nice change to a dessert lineup and the mini-chocolate chips lent the perfect amount of chocolate. Especially considering one of my boys is not a “big fan” of chocolate.

Debbie Macomber has a recipe collection on her website. Or you can always grab the cookbook at Amazon. Or your library. This is definitely a recipe that I would recommend!

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