Cannoli Dip

Cannoli Dip Recipe

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Megan Stewart


The Africano Cannolis were well known...we used to spend days making the shells and filling in Aunt Delia's basement kitchen for all of the Knights of Columbus Spaghetti dinners...This dip reminded me of those wonderful tastes and smells. If you want, dip with sugar cone pieces and it is as close to the old recipe as you can get without all the work! And I also get to pass down recipes from my family memories to my daughter, who, by the way, LOVES this dip and asks me to make it all the time!


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  • 15 oz
    ricotta cheese, 'strained' (see notes)
  • 8 oz
    marscapone cheese
  • 2/3 c
    powdered sugar, plus more for dusting, if desired
  • 1 c
    heavy cream (see notes)
  • 1/2 c
    mini semisweet chocolate chips (chopped pistachios could also be added)
  • ·
    drops of oil of cinnamon to taste

How to Make Cannoli Dip


  1. In a mixing bowl, with a spatula, blend ricotta and marscarpone cheese, pressing against bottom of bowl to smooth mixture. Fold in powdered sugar. In separate bowl, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add half to ricotta mixture, fold to combine. Add remaining and fold to combine. Add your drops of oil of cinnamon to taste (a drop or two at a time, since it is very strong). Fold in chocolate chips, and pistachios if desired, reserving 1-2 T to garnish. Spinkle on top, dust lightly with powdered sugar if desired. Serve with graham crackers, strawberries, cannoli chips or fried tortilla chips if desired.
  2. Note: To strain the ricotta, put it onto a clean white kitchen towel, roll up, twist out all the moisture you can. You may have to do this more than once, as you want it to hold it's shape but not add wetness to dip as it will break it down.
  3. Note: you can omit the heavy cream if you want, and it will be a little denser and more like what you would pipe into a cannoli shell.

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About Cannoli Dip

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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