Cannoli Dip

April 30, 2013

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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.

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Cannoli Dip

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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More Cannoli Desserts to Try!

Cannoli Stuffed French Toast  – from Two Peas and Their Pod

Chocolate Cannoli – from Bakers Royale

Cannoli – from Brown Eyed Baker

Cannoli Crepe Cake with Orange Puree – Sassy Raddish

Cannoli Bites – from Cooking Classy

Cannoli Ice Cream from Ben and Jerry’s – may be able to find it at your local grocery store

Cannoli Cake –  from Taste of Home

Cannoli Cupcakes –  from Cooking Classy


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Cannoli Dip

All the flavors of a rich cannoli filling in easy to make dip form! The perfect party treat!
Servings: 12 Servings
Prep10 minutes
Ready in: 10 minutes


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • *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.
  • **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).
Nutrition Facts
Cannoli Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 575IU12%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • Heather

    Very good, but was lacking something. VANILLA, just add a teaspoon and let sit overnight. Delicious! Served with broken sugar cones.

  • Anne

    Just made this for a tailgate party tomorrow but I put in the chocolate chips already. Hope it won’t be ruined. ?

  • Lynn

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! I make it frequently for guests and just for us. It always gets high praise, and I send them to your site. Thanks for sharing!

    (Hint – once I forgot to buy Ricotta, and tweeked it by substituting 4 oz cream cheese (1/2 block) and adding a little more Powdered sugar-it turned out good as well)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thank you for sharing :)! So glad you’ve enjoyed the recipe!

  • 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!

  • Emily Kemp

    Wow, this is my kind of party dip! Can’t wait to make It!

  • 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!

  • 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 !!!