You’ve iced sugar cookies and built gingerbread houses. You’ve mulled cider and maybe even attempted a homemade fruit cake or Bûche de Noël. But have you ever made a picture-perfect cannoli?

Since 2013, Piccione Pastry has been serving up some of St. Louis’ favorite Italian goodies, including its famed cannoli. Baked in small batches using premium ingredients, Piccione Pastry’s treats honor traditional Italian baking, with plenty of playful, modern twists. At the Delmar Loop bakeshop, which is open late to satisfy nighttime cravings, you can also try classics like tiramisu and rum baba, or grab a handful of baci and tricolor cookies.

With this adorable DIY cannoli kit, you can finally master the art of Piccione Pastry’s beloved cream-filled confection at home. Available for pick-up in store, the kit includes six readymade shells (in standard or mini size) and a pastry bag filled with Piccione Pastry’s signature cannoli cream. Choose from an assortment of scrumptious fillings in flavors like ricotta, chocolate chip, gooey butter and pistachio, as well as a variety of toppings.

Perfect for holiday gift-giving, each kit comes packaged in a festive carrier that’s easy to transport to parties and gatherings. Impress friends and family, hosts and hostesses, and even your kids’ schoolteachers (teacher’s pet, anyone?!) with this fun and unique gift. Or make it a family activity! Gather the grandparents and grandchildren around the kitchen table for an afternoon of merry cannoli-making. The little ones will especially love the mini cannoli.

This holiday season, remember: there is no greater gift than the gift of cannoli!

Piccione Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-932-1355,

Emma Dent is the Special Projects Manager for the Ladue News. A St. Louis native, Emma is a trained art historian with interests in American visual culture, especially illustration and advertising. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking.