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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  • Alyssa

    Hi Jaclyn,

    Is their a way to make this recipe without the corn syrup?



    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      You can leave it out, its mostly just for textural purposes to help prevent ice crystals. I would up the sugar 2 tbsp though if you do leave it out.

  • Diana

    Looks Delish! Where do you find unsalted pistachios? I can’t find it in the stores here.

  • Joanne

    I just made this and OH MY GOSH I had all I could do not to drink it from the blender. I love cannoli’s when they sit and are soft. And this tastes like you are eating a giant bowl of cold cannoli’s. This is the best ice cream I have ever tasted!!!!!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      That’s exactly how I felt – I just wanted to drink the stuff :). I’m so glad you liked this Joanne! Thanks for returning to leave a comment!

  • joanne

    I just bought the ingredients. Making this tomorrow. One question for you. I am obsessed with the fancy gelato that comes in the clear container.(not sure if I can say the name brand). Do you have any recipes for gelato flavors like salted caramel? Can’t wait to try this. Also I noticed you said you made your own shells. Where can I find the molds or the recipe if you have it?

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  • teebee

    Maybe a dumb question but I have never had cannoli. Where do you purchase it at?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Not a dumb question at all, you must try one :)! They are these here: They have them at many pastry shops especially the ones that sell Italian or French pastries, or you can definitely make them at home. I have a cannoli bite recipe posted (I still need to post the real deal) but I love the bites too, they are made in the oven instead of fried.

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