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Cannoli Cream Dip – this easy dip recipe tastes just like the inside of a cannoli! Dip cookies in it or use it as a sandwich cookie filling. It’s the perfect no-bake snack or dessert recipe!

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Cannoli Cream Dip with choclate chips in a medium sized bowl.
Table of Contents
  1. What is Cannoli Cream Dip?
  2. What is Cannoli Dip Made of?
  3. How to Make Cannoli Cream Dip
  4. What should I dip in Cannoli Cream?
  5. Dessert Dip FAQ
  6. Other Favorite Dessert Dip Recipes
  7. Cannoli Cream Dip Recipe

What is Cannoli Cream Dip?

I absolutely love the flavor of cannoli cream (remember, I made them when my daughter had her Annie Party) and can eat it with a spoon, which is why making Cannoli Cream DIP is a good idea. After all, dessert dips are one of my specialties. Cheesecake dip is one I do the most and wouldn’t you know it…this Cannoli Dip has cheesecake in it. So, it’s kind of a like Cannoli Cheesecake…in dip form.

What is Cannoli Dip Made of?

Cream Cheese: Traditionally this is not in an actual cannoli but I find it makes dessert dips better and more stable. Make sure it’s room temperature!

Ricotta: Ricotta is the traditional filling of a cannoli! Don’t use low-fat or the dip will be too wet.

Powdered Sugar: This is where all the sweetness comes from!

Vanilla: For flavor

How to Make Cannoli Cream Dip

  1. Beat cream cheese until smooth using a hand mixer.
  2. Mix in ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips. The mixture will be a bit lumpy from the ricotta cheese.
  4. Serve with assorted dippers.
Two boxes of Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Triangles

What should I dip in Cannoli Cream?

There are so many options!!

As always, I use the best shortbread whenever I use it in a recipe, and the best shortbread is Walkers Shortbread. Crumbly and butter and solid, it is made with the best ingredients so it is the best. The red plaid box gets me every time. The Shortbread Triangles are a perfect dipper to use for this cannoli cream dip.

If you have leftover dip, or you want to do something a little different, it’s also so good used as a cookie sandwich. Take two shortbread rounds and spread some of the filling between them. Instant cookie sandwich from heaven!

bowl of dip with chocolate chips and shortbread

Dessert Dip FAQ

How long will cannoli dip last?

Store this in the refrigerator and it will last about 3 days.

Should I strain the ricotta cheese for cannoli?

You don’t have to for the dip but if you want it to last longer or be thicker, then strain it. Place 3 layers of paper towels or a cheesecloth in a strainer and add the ricotta, let it sit for a few hours until the water drains out.

Why is my dessert dip too wet?

Do not use low fat ricotta or low fat cream cheese – these are thinner and will cause the dip to be too wet.

Can you use mascarpone instead of ricotta in cannoli?

For this recipe you can substitute mascarpone in place of the cream cheese but the ricotta is super important or it won’t taste like cannoli.

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Shortbread triangle dipped in a bowl of Cannoli Cream Dip.

Cannoli Cream Dip

5 from 3 votes
Cannoli Cream Dip – this easy dip recipe tastes just like the inside of a cannoli! Dip cookies in it or use it as a sandwich cookie filling. It’s the perfect no bake summer recipe!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 24 servings
Serving Size 1 cup of dip

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese drained (not low fat)
  • 2 cups (226g) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips plus more for the topping
  • Walkers Shortbread Cookies or other dippers for dipping or filling

Instructions

  • Beat cream cheese until smooth using a hand mixer. Mix in ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. The mixture will be a bit lumpy from the ricotta cheese.
  • Serve in a bowl with cookies for dipping.
  • Optional: make shortbread cookie sandwiches by filling two cookies with the cream.

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Recipe Notes

  • Dippers: Shortbread cookies, pizzelle cookies, broken waffle cones, Nilla Wafers or any cookies are all great dipper ideas.
  • Do not use low-fat ingredients.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cup of dip | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword cream cheese, dip, ricotta
bowl of dip with chocolate chips and shortbread

Cannoli Cream Dip is the perfect dessert dip – it’s an easy cheesecake dip recipe with ricotta to taste like cannoli filling! Perfect for dessert boards or a party.

This post was sponsored by Walkers Shortbread in 2017. All opinions are 100% my own.

Last Updated on December 8, 2021

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  1. I liked the tarty flavor from the cream cheese but i used a hand mixer and it made the batter really smooth. Also pat dried the ricotta to get the excess liquid out. I added a little extra powdered sugar to even out the tartness.

  2. I love all your recipes. They are easy to make and delicious as well.
    Thank you.
    Sincerely,
    Ms. Haydeé Martinez