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Our prep kitchen’s a little obsessed with donuts and their dessert-hack potential: Culinary producer Grant Melton shows you how to turn plain cake donuts into a handheld dessert that tastes just like a cannoli. Get more easy ideas for turning donuts into decadent desserts here


  • One 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 plain cake donuts


Serves: 4


In a small bowl, whisk to combine the ricotta cheese, half of the mini chocolate chips, the confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon and salt. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a star tip.

Halve each donut horizontally. Pipe the mixture on the bottom halves of the donuts and sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips. Set the donut tops into place and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.