Easy Cannoli Dip

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  • If you’re here, then you obviously love desserts as much as I do, specifically, Cannoli Dip! It’s creamy, delicious and super easy to make!

    creamy cannoli dip with chocolate chips

    Cannoli Dip Recipe

    Cannoli cream, cannoli dip, cannoli filling, whatever you want to call it—this is the best and easiest recipe to make it at home!

    It’s pure deliciousness. Mascarpone cheese and ricotta cheese come together with just a few ingredients from the pantry to make this velvety, creamy Cannoli Dip.

    If you’ve got a family get-together or party coming up, you might want to consider offering to bring dessert! This dip is such a crowd pleaser and everyone is sure to love it.

    cannoli dip with chocolate covered waffle cones

    You can offer a variety of things to dip like broken waffle cones, graham crackers, or strawberries. I feel like I’m eating a strawberry cheesecake when I dip the strawberries into it!

    It is WAY easier than rolling and frying cannoli shells, trust me on this one.

    Ingredients

    It doesn’t take much to whip up this cannoli filling! You probably even have most of these ingredients on hand. The only things I had to pick up from the store were ricotta and mascarpone.

    • Ricotta cheese- get whole milk ricotta and use a fresh package
    • Mascarpone cheese- you can substitute cream cheese
    • Powdered sugar – also known as confectioners sugar
    • Chocolate chips- mini or large
    • Vanilla extract – you can also use almond, butter or rum for a twist
    • Cinnamon – freshly ground from a stick gives the most flavor, can also be omitted
    • Orange zest – totally a traditional ingredient, but can be omitted too
    ingredients for cannoli dip

    How To Make Cannoli Dip

    Cannolis seem like such a fancy Italian dessert, don’t they? They’re one of my favorites! (I love them so much I even turned them into a breakfast recipe with this Cannoli Pancakes recipe.)

    But you don’t need to go out to a restaurant to enjoy their deliciousness.

    ONE. Make sure you drain your ricotta cheese. When you look at the package and say “it doesn’t look wet, it’ll be fine”, mark my words and PUT IT IN A COLANDER with some cheesecloth! If you don’t drain it properly, it can get grainy or watery and you’ll have a whole bowl of nothing.

    TWO. Beat the mascarpone first until smooth, then add ricotta, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and orange peel using a stand mixer until fully combined and fluffy. About two minutes.

    THREE. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until fully combined and fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.

    how to make cannoli dip

    So simple, it comes together in just one step! The next step is optional. I think this Cannoli Dip is EXTRA delicious with chocolate covered waffle cone pieces.

    PRO TIP: Drain your ricotta cheese very well so your dip is thick and creamy. See instructions below!

    Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cones

    To make the chocolate covered waffle cone chips, break the chocolate bar into pieces and place it in a microwave-safe bowl.

    Microwave it for 1 minute, checking it after 30 seconds to stir. Dip the cones in the chocolate and place them on parchment paper to dry.

    Adding chocolate chips into cannoli dip

    I like to place the cones in the freezer to dry, it only takes a few minutes.

    What Is The Difference Between Cannoli Dip And Cannoli Filling?

    There is no difference between cannoli dip and cannoli filling! Cannoli dip is just cannoli filling in a bowl. It’s a fun way to turn a classic dessert into a shareable party dessert.

    You can even purchase mini cannoli shells to serve with the dip and have everyone fill their own!

    close up of cannoli dip with chocolate chips

    Why Is My Cannoli Dip Runny?

    Runny cannoli dip is a common problem. The first time I tried making this dip, it came out runny. Tasted great, but the texture was off.

    If your dip is runny, taste it, if it tastes good I would refrigerate it for an hour and still serve it.

    BUT.

    If you want to perfect the texture of the dip, make sure you are buying FULL FAT ricotta cheese. Do not buy the fat free or skim milk ricotta.

    AND

    Make sure you are straining your ricotta cheese. This step is a major culprit in making sure your cannoli dip isn’t runny. TRUST ME.

    cannoli dip with waffle cone chips

    How To Strain Ricotta Cheese

    To achieve a thick cannoli dip, make sure you drain the ricotta really well. Drain it in a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth in the refrigerator, uncovered overnight.

    In the morning, wring it in the cheesecloth to push any more moisture out. Roll the dry ricotta on a few paper towels. You want it to be dry as dry can be…

    Mascarpone Substitute

    If you can’t find mascarpone cheese, you can use cream cheese instead. The dip won’t taste like cream cheese, so don’t worry about that!

    DO use full fat though- it tastes richer, just like mascarpone. Lower fat cream cheeses aren’t as thick and full.

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    close up of cannoli filling recipe

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    Easy Cannoli Dip

    An easy Cannoli Diprecipe that you can make at home! Whip up your favorite Italian dessert rightright out of your kitchen.
    Prep Time10 mins
    Ricotta Draining Time12 hrs
    Total Time12 hrs 10 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: cannoli dip, cannoli filling
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 305kcal
    Author: Jordan Zelesnick

    Ingredients

    • 8 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese , drained and dried*
    • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp grated orange peel
    • 8 waffle cones , broken into large chip-like pieces
    • 1 semi-sweet chocolate bar

    Instructions

    • Using a hand mixer and a large bowl or a stand mixer, beat the mascarpone, ricotta, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and orange peel until fully combined and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until fully combined, then fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
    • To make the chocolate covered waffle cone chips, break the chocolate bar into pieces and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it for 1 minute, checking it after 30 seconds to stir. Dip the cones in the chocolate and place them on parchment paper to dry.
    • Garnish the dip with more chocolate chips and serve!
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

    Notes

    *To achieve a thick cannoli dip, make sure you drain the ricotta really well. Drain it in a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth in the refrigerator, uncovered overnight. In the morning, wring it in the cheesecloth to push any more moisture out. Roll the dry ricotta on a few paper towels.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 523IU | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1mg

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