Cannoli Dip

04.30.2013

Who doesn’t love Cannoli? They are an amazingly delicious and widely popular dessert but it’s a process to make cannoli and sometimes I just don’t like to wait. So I thought I’d make it in dip form then just dip crackers and fruit in it. This dip is so much easier to prepare and definitely faster, and of course another wonderful thing about it – less dishes to clean up vs making the real thing (that’s basically my only problem in the kitchen – the dishes. I love cooking, I hate doing dishes. Ask my husband. I’m sure I complain about it far too much). I couldn’t decide which kind of cracker to buy at the grocery store for dipping. I debated about buying the waffle cookie crackers (as it seems similar to a cannoli shell) or almond thins crackers or even anna’s thins then just decided to mix American and Italian and went with something everyone could easily find, just plain and chocolate grahams. I also tried strawberries which were amazing with this dip, reminiscent of strawberry cheesecake. Really you could use any lightly sweet kind of cracker you’d like. Biscotti would be good or if you are feeling up to it you can fry some cannoli chips or flour tortillas and dust them lightly with cinnamon after frying. This dip is so divine you really don’t even need anything for dipping. It’s light and fluffy and perfectly creamy. I just started eating it by the spoonful and basically drinking what was left in the piping bag. Am I admitting that to everyone? Haha yes, it’s that good, you’ll do it too. Enjoy!

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Cannoli Dip

5 from 1 vote

This delicious creamy Cannoli dip is a sure party winner

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cannoili dip, ricotta dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 316 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 15 oz Ricotta cheese , strained*
  • 8 oz Mascarpone cheese
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar , plus more for dusting if desired
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream**
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (chopped pistachios would also be good)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl using a spatula, blend together Ricotta and Mascarpone cheese, while pressing mixture along bottom of bowl to smooth mixture. Fold in powdered sugar.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add half of whipped cream to Ricotta mixture and fold until combined, then add remaining half and fold until combined. Fold in chocolate chips, reserving 1 - 2 Tbsp to garnish.
  3. Serve topped with remaining chocolate chips, dusted lightly with powdered sugar if desired and serve with graham crackers, strawberries, cannoli chips or fried flour tortilla chips dusted lightly with cinnamon.
  4. *To strain I simply lay the ricotta over several layers of paper towels, then wrap and squeeze to remove excess moisture. You want to remove enough moisture that the Ricotta should hold it's shape pretty well so you may want to do this step twice.
  5. **If you don't want the dip fluffy you can reduce the amount of heavy cream or even omit it (which will give it a texture closer to a traditional cannoli filling).
  6. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Cannoli Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 12g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 13.8%
Calcium 13.5%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

119 comments

  • Victoria Lund: I made this dip for a birthday party and it was a big hit! People were asking for the recipe. Easy to do. I omitted the chocolate chips and added 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. It was to be used with fruit and Cannoli chips. So yummy! Since I made a double batch we have leftovers we’re eating…in heaven! August 7, 2018 at 6:08am Reply

  • Emily Kemp: Wow, this is my kind of party dip! Can’t wait to make It! July 27, 2018 at 6:05am Reply

  • Nimarie2477: Also wanted to state that I quickly drained the ricotta cheese and this dip has never gotten runny with time…..I think the powdered sugar helped along with marscapone & heavy whipping cream stayed the same consistency a couple days after it was made ????Thanks again! May 12, 2018 at 1:40pm Reply

  • Nimarie2477: Hi, I made this dip a few times now ANDROID IT WAS A HIT!!!! But instead of heavy cream I used the smallest size container of heavy whipping cream it worked out great I think it addshould great texture to the dip as it is not intended to be a FILLING ! The whipping cream has really no flavor and it totally still had that texture of a regular canonli filling ! I slowly added it in the mixer to my mixed ricotta & marscapone cheese. I also added vanilla &a little anise extract to mine !!! I LOVE THIS DIP !!! I COULD SERIOUSLY EAT IT BY THE SPOONFUL ! !???????? thanks for sharing !!! May 12, 2018 at 1:36pm Reply

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