Cannoli Ice Cream

August 7, 2013

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Cannoli in ice cream form equals the greatest dessert ever! This has really got to be one of my new favorite desserts. It must be, I definitely had an extremely hard time not eating the entire batch. I kept going back for more. I had some before dinner, then a generous scoop after dinner.

Woke up this morning and couldn’t resist a taste for breakfast, a small snack size worth at lunch then a generous scoop after dinner – then I went to scoop out any remainder that was left along the edges of the container (am I admitting this??).

Yes, this recipe is a dangerous thing for me. I usually have much more self control than that. I’m obsessed with cannoli and even more obsessed with ice cream (and gelato) so this is pure dessert bliss to me.

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I took this ice cream pretty seriously. I fried up a small batch of cannoli shells to break up and add to this because I wanted this to be the real deal. I’ll tell you that is optional but I’d highly recommend adding them in, they make it taste just like a cannoli when you lick through the ricotta ice cream and bite into one of the many crisp, cinnamon cannoli shell pieces.

Please add this cannoli ice cream to your to be made list and make it soon. You’ll fall completely in love and feel as though you were in Italy. Just don’t come back to blame when when you can’t stop eating it and begin to crave it all the time :). Now I just need to make this in chocolate form too. Enjoy!

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Cannoli Ice Cream

One of the best ice cream recipes out there - you get two tempting desserts in one. Cannoli meets ice cream and seriously delicious!
Servings: 8
Prep30 minutes
Cook5 hours
Chill5 hours
Ready in: 5 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 (15 oz) container whole milk ricotta
  • 4 oz cream cheese , diced into small cubes
  • Seeds of 1 small vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup cannoli shell pieces
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I recommend Ghirardelli)*
  • 1/2 cup unsalted , roasted pistachios, chopped


  • In a blender combine heavy cream, milk, sugar and corn syrup and blend mixture on low speed until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute.
  • Add in ricotta, cream cheese and vanilla bean seeds and blend mixture until well pureed. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze 1 hour, stirring once halfway through freezing, then transfer to an ice cream maker and process according to manufactures directions.
  • Add in cannoli shell pieces, mini chocolate chips and unsalted pistachios during last few minutes of processing.
  • Transfer to airtight container and freeze until semi-firm (I found this was best slightly soft so if you do freeze until firm allow it to rest at room temperature for a bit before enjoying).
  • *If you don't want you ice cream as "loaded" as mine you can cut back on the amount of chocolate chips and pistachios.
Nutrition Facts
Cannoli Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 580 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 26g163%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 212mg6%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1263IU25%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 182mg18%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • Brandi

    Hi. This looks SO good. I have a question about the corn syrup, though. Why corn syrup? Do you think I could substitute with something else? Maple syrup, perhaps? Thanks!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I used corn syrup to keep the ice cream smooth and creamy and prevent ice crystals from forming. I wouldn’t replace it with anything else if anything I’d just omit it if you’d prefer not to use it and add in an additional 1 tbsp sugar.

  • Nina @ Ambrosia

    Wow, this looks beautiful…and delicious! I’d love to make this for myself, cannoli are one of my favorite desserts!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks:). Cannoli are one of my favorite desserts too! You should definitely make a batch of this.

  • Gerry

    How much ice cream does this recipe make? I have the small Cuisinart ice cream maker — makes 1 1/2 quarts , I think.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I don’t know exactly how many cups – I always forget to measure before we all dig in, but I have the Cuisinart 1 1/2 quart ice cream maker too and it’s just the right size for this recipe.

      • Meghan

        This ice cream is amazing! My new favorite :)

        Weirdly, I have this same cuisinart, but mine overflowed! Wonder why…

        Anyway, thanks for the recipe. This is brilliant. Cheers!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Wow, I’m adding this to my list of must try ice cream recipes. Cannoli’s in ice cream form sounds amazing!

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker

    How pretty is this ice cream! Do you think I could use mascarpone instead of ricotta in this mix? I would love to know your opinion

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Normally I love mascarpone in cannoli but for this ice cream I thought it’s flavor would be sort of drowned out by the cream (as their tastes seem similar), so I went with ricotta and even a little cream cheese to add flavor and light tang to balance out the sweetness. So for this recipe I’d probably stick with the ricotta. I hope you have a chance to make it soon Belinda :)!

  • Erica

    Holy cannoli! This looks delicious! I just finished a high-school study abroad program in Rome, Italy, and literally lived off of gelato for the past 4 weeks… I am craving it intensely now, and will have to whip this up very soon! Thanks for another tantalizing recipe!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I hope you do try it Erica :)! I’m completely in love with it! I would love to visit Rome, Italy. How fun!