Preheat oven to 300 F. In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool. Meanwhile, in bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Stir in chocolate and vanilla. Add flour and salt; stir until blended. Mix in chopped crystallized ginger. Divide into 4 equal parts and chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn onto lightly floured work surface and roll out to 1/4″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place cookies on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake 30 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
For the filling:
3 pounds ricotta cheese
1-3/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped citron
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Sift flour, sugar and cinnamon together on to a bread board or table top. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour wine into it. Knead dough until smooth and stiff,about15 mins. If dough feels wet and sticky add more flour,if too dry, add more wine. Cover dough and let stand for 2 hours in cool place.roll out very thin and cut into 5 inch (12 cm) circles and wrap around metal cannoli forms (5 inches long by 1 inch in diameter). Fold dough around form loosley so that 1/4 of form sticks out on the ends. Seal dough on by brushing with egg yoke, and fry 2 cannoli at a time in deep hot fat until brown on both sides. Lift out gently with slotted spoon or tongs, drain on paper towels to cool.
Beat ricotta in a large bowl for 1 minute, add sugar and beat until very light and creamy, about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, citron, and chocloate bits, mix until blended. Keep filling in refrigerator until ready to use. Makes enough to fill 25 cannoli shells.
Cream the first 5 ingredients together. Stir in the flour. Chill
in the bowl covered with wax paper for 1 hour. Shape into 1 balls.
Place a star candy onto the center of each cookie. Bake on ungreased
cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes.