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This Cannoli Dip is an easy sweet dip that is reminiscent of the inside of a cannoli! It is the best no bake recipe to make for a potluck or get together!

cannoli dip in a blue bowl with orange cookie wafers next to the bowl and hand dipping cookie into the bowl.


Easy Cannoli Dip Recipe

This recipe is an easy dessert dip: It tastes just like cannoli filling because it uses real ricotta cheese like you would find in an actual cannoli! It has the best flavor and pairs great with dippers of any kind, like any cracker or cookie! The dippers can replicate traditional cannoli shells to make this recipe the best!

Cannoli cream dip is the perfect sweet treat to put on dessert board or to put out at a party. It is a must make recipe for a party or even just yourself. This recipe is the best cannoli dip recipe you will find and everyone you serve it to will love it!

cannoli dip ingredients laid out on a marble countertop.

Ingredients Needed

  • Cream Cheese: Make sure it’s room temperature to avoid lumps. Do not use low-fat or fat-free cream cheese.
  • Ricotta Cheese: Make sure it’s room temperature and only use whole milk ricotta cheese.
  • Powdered Sugar: To sweeten the dip
  • Vanilla Extract: You can also substitute or add almond extract, or even some orange zest.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips: Mimics the coating on the outside of a cannoli
  • Dippers: Like Walkers Shortbread Cookies or other dippers – if you can find waffle cone pieces, those are super similar to cannoli shells.

How to Make Homemade Cannoli Dip

  • 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.
cannoli dip in a blue bowl with orange cookie wafers next to the bowl.

Expert Tip

  • The best things to dip in this recipe would be: Walkers Shortbread Cookies, Nilla Wafers, graham crackers, chocolate chip cookies, or any other cracker or cookie! Even strawberries or apples would taste good!
  • Make a cookie sandwich with leftover dip! Take two cookies and sandwich some of this dip in the middle–it is so good!
  • Do not use low fat ricotta or low fat cream cheese – these are thinner and will cause the dip to be too wet.
  • Decorate the top with some chopped pistachios for an even more authentic look.

FAQs

How long will cannoli dip last?

Store this in the refrigerator in an airtight container 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.

Shortbread triangle dipped in a bowl of Cannoli Cream Dip.

Cannoli Cream Dip Recipe

5 from 4 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 (170g) mini chocolate chips plus more for the topping
  • Walkers Shortbread Cookies or other dippers for dipping or filling
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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

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Last Updated on December 13, 2023



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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