The classic Italian Cannoli dessert gets turned into a quick and easy Cannoli Dip! All the same great flavors, but a million times easier.
Another Italian favorite dessert we converted into an easy dip is our Tiramisu Dip – serve them both and watch everyone fight over them!
What is Cannoli?
Have you ever had Cannoli? You’d know if you have. And you’ve probably been daydreaming about it ever since.
Cannoli are Italian pastries, which consist of deep fried pasty dough that is tube-shaped and filled with a sweet, creamy filling. They are incredibly delicious. The Cannoli Dip recipe is reminiscent of that.
10 Minute Cannoli Dip
I love eating deep fried food, but I hate preparing it. I even have a deep fryer! But, alas, it just collects dust. So not only are Cannolis fried, but we don’t eat out at a lot of Italian restaurants where I can get my fill. So what’s a gal to do? Make Cannoli Dip, that’s what!
This cold dessert dip is way easier to make and super fast. Got 10 minutes? Then you’ve got time to make it! All you need is a bowl and a hand held electric mixer.
Be warned: you may find yourself standing at the counter eating this directly off a spoon. And that’s ok. You’re not alone.
Cannoli Dip Recipe
You only need a few items to make this dessert dip:
(Scroll below to the complete printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Heavy cream
- Ricotta cheese
- Mascarpone cheese
- Powdered sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Mini chocolate chips
Traditional Cannoli is made with ricotta, but I went 50/50 ricotta and mascarpone, which I love more. You could go with just one of those and double the amount, though.
Tips for Success
- Use an electric mixer: An electric mixer is ideal for this recipe. You can just use a wooden spoon, but you’ll need to put some serious muscle into it, and even then the ingredients probably won’t get blended thoroughly.
- How to thicken cannoli dip: If your ricotta isn’t particularly firm or has excess liquid, you’ll want to drain it. You can use a cheesecloth or simply place a coffee filter in a mesh sieve. You can also use a little bit more powdered sugar to thicken it up.
- What to dip in cannoli dip: So many options for dippers! I found these super cute and tasty waffle cookies, but you could buy waffle cones and break them up into small pieces, or serve this cannoli dip with Pizzelle, pretzels, or fresh fruit.
This dip is best served within a few hours, but can be made the night before stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Any leftovers should be stored the same way for up to 3 days. Remove from the refrigerator a bit before you’re planning on serving, so it can soften enough for dipping. If it looks like the dip components have separated a little, just stir it all together again until smooth.
More Easy Dessert Dips
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 7 ounces full-fat ricotta cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
- orange zest , optional
- waffle cones, pizzelle, or strawberries , for serving
- Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Using an electric mixer, beat until completely combined and creamy.
- Serve right away or chill for later.
- Delicious dippers include waffle cones, pizzelle, pretzels, or fresh fruit.