Chocolate Chip Cannoli Dip

published Sep 22, 2021
Cannoli Dip Recipe

Paired with waffle crisps, this deconstructed Italian pastry may be even better in dip form.

Serves8 to 10

Makes3 1/4 cups

Prep5 minutes

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Cannoli filling in a bowl with chocolate chips, with flat sugar cones cookies on the plate around it
Credit: Laura Rege

This decadent cannoli dip deconstructs the classic Italian pastry, turning a beloved bakery treat into an easy and interactive dessert. I swapped in cream cheese for the mascarpone, which lends a nice smooth and stable texture, and swirled in mini dark chocolate chips for the perfect crunch. A touch of ground cinnamon accentuates the cannoli flavor. You can fancy it up by topping the dip with chopped pistachios, maraschino cherries, orange zest, or rainbow sprinkles for a pop of color.

Many of the popular store-bought ricotta brands can vary in texture depending on how they’re prepared. Some versions are extremely creamy, while others can have cottage cheese-sized grains. For the dip in the photo above, I used a very fine-grained ricotta that turned silky smooth when it was whisked with the cream cheese. 

Credit: Tara Holland

Why Is My Cannoli Filling Runny?

In this recipe, the cream cheese helps combat any excess liquid from the ricotta. If you’re using other ingredients that aren’t as thick and stabilized (such as whipped cream or mascarpone), it will be more important to drain the ricotta completely. 

What to Serve with Cannoli Dip

I like to serve this dip with waffle crisps, but below are excellent stand-in dippers you could try.

  • Broken-up waffle or sugar ice cream cones
  • Fresh fruit, like strawberries, apple slices, or peaches
  • Graham crackers
  • Any crisp cookies

Cannoli Dip Recipe

Paired with waffle crisps, this deconstructed Italian pastry may be even better in dip form.

Prep time 5 minutes

Makes 3 1/4 cups

Serves 8 to 10

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces

    cream cheese

  • 1 (15- or 16-ounce) tub

    ricotta cheese (2 cups)

  • 1 cup

    powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • 1/8 teaspoon

    ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup

    plus 2 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips, divided

Optional dippers:

  • Waffle crisps

  • Graham crackers

  • Broken-up waffle cones

  • Fresh fruit

Instructions

  1. Place 8 ounces cream cheese and 1 (15- to 16- ounce) tub ricotta on the counter and let sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. Drain and discard any excess liquid sitting on top of the ricotta. Transfer the ricotta and cream cheese to a medium bowl. Add 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and whisk until smooth and creamy. Fold in 1/3 cup of the mini dark chocolate chips.

  3. Transfer to a serving bowl and smooth out the top. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips. Serve with desired dippers.

Recipe Notes

Make ahead: The can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 1 week. Serve cold.