Dessert, as everyone knows, is the most fun course of any meal.
We aren’t saying that breakfast, lunch, and dinner can’t be fun — just look at these wild tater tot sandwiches if you need proof — but dessert is, far and away, the best time to goof off and eat something really silly and entertaining.
And in that spirit, what could be better than a chewy, delicious dessert that totally encapsulates all the color, flavor, and fanfare of springtime?
It’s a twist on a signature staple of Italian patisserie, the cannoli, but taken in a direction that we promise you have never seen before!
After all, the cannoli, as most people know it, is a semi-sweet pastry shell filled with creamy mascarpone and sometimes studded with chocolate chips. Our recipe, in contrast, is all about combining kid-friendly comfort food classics with the stylish sophistication of the cannoli.
The end result is a confection of colorful and chaotic proportions, combining conventional mascarpone filling with a shell that takes it cues from rice crispy treats!
3 Tbsps. butter
10 oz. mini marshmallows
6 cups fruit-flavored rice cereal
1 box vanilla instant pudding
2 cups cold milk
8 oz. mascarpone
Zest of 1 lemon
Whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles, to garnish
In a large saucepan, melt butter.
Add marshmallows, heat until they melt to a gooey consistency.
Add cereal, mix thoroughly with melted marshmallows until fully absorbed
On a baking tray lined with greased wax paper, spread cereal mixture into a flat sheet.
While it's still warm, cut the mixture into circles using a lid or large cookie cutter.
Wrap each circle into a tube, using a roll of tin foil inside to help it keep its shape. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Mix thoroughly with electric mixer.
Add mascarpone, and mix once more. Stir in lemon zest.
Chill pudding mixture for 15 minutes
Meanwhile, remove foil from cereal "shells."
Using a pastry tube, pour pudding mixture into shells.
Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles, and enjoy!
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