Enjoying Canolis Minus the Mess!


Canoli Dip
I absolutely love myself a Cannoli or two.  Besides a good Tiramisu, Cannoli’s rank a close second as my favorite Italian Dessert.  It takes awhile to make homemade Cannolis and they are a mess to eat.  So what better way to serve the amazing tastes of a Cannoli to guests (or save it for yourself) without the fuss.  This dip is beyond amazing, almost orgasmic in your mouth!  Okay maybe not orgasm inducing but pretty dam close!  Its easy to make and no baking involved.
I used both regular and original graham crackers as well as fresh strawberries for dipping!  This dip is so good you will be licking the bowl!  I doubled the recipe for my get together with friends and had plenty of leftovers to enjoy the next day.  
What occasion would you serve this easy cannoli dip for? I would serve it at a birthday party, a holiday party, game night with friends, or even a Superbowl Party. It’s so quick and easy to make, and the possibilities are endless!


  • 15 oz Ricotta cheese , strained*
  • 8 oz Mascarpone cheese
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar , plus more for dusting if desired
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream**
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (chopped pistachios would also be good)


  1. In a mixing bowl using a spatula, blend together Ricotta and Mascarpone cheese, while pressing mixture along bottom of bowl to smooth mixture. Fold in powdered sugar. In a separate mixing bowl, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add half of whipped cream to Ricotta mixture and fold until combined, then add remaining half and fold until combined. Fold in chocolate chips, reserving 1 – 2 Tbsp to garnish. Serve topped with remaining chocolate chips, dusted lightly with powdered sugar if desired and serve with graham crackers, strawberries, cannoli chips or fried flour tortilla chips dusted lightly with cinnamon.
  2. *To strain I simply lay the ricotta over several layers of paper towels, then wrap and squeeze to remove excess moisture. You want to remove enough moisture that the Ricotta should hold it’s shape pretty well so you may want to do this step twice.
  3. **If you don’t want the dip fluffy you can reduce the amount of heavy cream or even omit it (which will give it a texture closer to a traditional cannoli filling).  **I personally love mine fluffy!

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