If you love a good cannoli but don’t love all the work that comes from filling the shells, have we got a recipe for you! This cannoli dip takes all the deliciousness of a cannoli but deconstructs it into an easy dip. We love this dip because it saves a ton of time, but it’s also a wonderful way to serve cannoli at a party or for an easy dessert. Let’s whip some up!
What is cannoli dip?
Cannoli dip is like the creamy filling in a cannoli pastry but in dip form! Because filling the cannoli shells is the most finicky and time-consuming part of making cannolis, this dessert dip is a huge time saver. Plus, it is a great simple dessert for parties! We especially love it on fresh fruit, pizzelle cookies, and waffle cone pieces.
What is cannoli dip made of?
To make this dip, you’ll need:
- Mascarpone cheese
- Ricotta cheese
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Mini chocolate chips
Protip: Swap smart!
Can’t find mascarpone? Try it with cream cheese instead!
Can I use regular chocolate chips?
You can, but then you run the risk of not getting a little chocolate in every bite. If you only have regular-size chocolate chips, try chopping them with a knife or a food processor before adding them to the dip.
How do you make cannoli dip?
This dessert dip is ready in ten minutes or less! To make it:
- Use a hand mixer to beat the mascarpone cheese. Stop when it looks light and fluffy—you don’t want to overmix it, or the final dip will be grainy.
- Add powdered sugar and mix until it is just incorporated.
- Add vanilla extract and ricotta cheese. Beat on low until the ingredients are just combined.
- Gently fold in 1 cup of the mini chocolate chips. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate on top.
- Transfer to a serving bowl, and your dip is ready to serve!
How should I garnish this dip?
We typically garnish our dip with a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips, but you can also top it with chopped nuts or crushed cannoli shells!
What should I serve with cannoli dip?
There are so many foods that are delicious after a swipe through cannoli dip. Here are some of our favorites:
- Pizzelle cookies
- Waffle cones, broken into pieces
- Fresh fruit such as strawberries, apple slices, or melon
- Vanilla wafers
- Graham crackers
Does cannoli dip need to be refrigerated?
Yep—this dip is heavy on dairy, so it should be kept in the refrigerator when not being eaten. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days (if it lasts that long!), and give the chilled dip a good stir before serving.
How long can cannoli dip sit out?
We don’t recommend having the dip out at room temperature for more than two hours. That’s about the limit of how long dairy can safely sit out!
What else can I do with this dip?
This cannoli dip isn’t only for dipping! Try putting it on pancakes or waffles, or dollop some over ice cream.