This creamy cannoli dip is a sweet dip made with ricotta and mascarpone cheese and packed with mini chocolate chips.

waffle cone chip in Cannoli Dip in black bowl

I love cannoli with their crunchy pastry crust and their sweet ricotta filling. Making them at home means making the cannoli shells yourself and that requires special equipment and lots of frying so I have never gotten around to trying it.

This easy Cannoli Dip skips the whole fried pastry part and goes straight to the good stuff! Scoop it up on a waffle cone and enjoy! It takes about 10 minutes to make and 30 minutes to chill in the refrigerator, so it’s an easy dessert for parties.

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ingredients for Cannoli Dip

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Whole milk ricotta cheese – We recommend using whole milk ricotta vs skim milk because you will get a better texture and flavor.
  • Mascarpone cheese – This creamy Italian cheese is similar to American cream cheese.
  • Powdered sugar – This will sweeten the dip
  • Vanilla extract – every dessert needs a little vanilla extract for flavor.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – Use the mini chips so you can scoop up more in every bite! If you don’t have mini chips you can use regular chocolate chips and chop them up a bit before adding to the dip.
black bowl with Cannoli Dip and mini chocolate chips

How to Make Cannoli Dip

This dip is just cannoli filling in a bowl. It couldn’t be any easier to make!

mixing Cannoli Dip ingredients in a glass bowl

Step 1 – Mix cheeses. In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, mascarpone together, with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer, until smooth.

mixing Cannoli Dip ingredients

Step 2 – Sweeten. Slowly add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time mixing until smooth. Add vanilla and mix.

adding mini chocolate chips to Cannoli Dip

Step 3 – Add-ins. Add mini chocolate chips and fold them into the cannoli mixture.

refrigerated Cannoli Dip

Step 4 – Chill. Put the cannoli dip in an airtight container and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Step 5 – Serve. Serve with waffle cone pieces, cookies, or graham crackers.

dipping into Cannoli Dip with waffle chip
What is the Filling in Cannoli Made Of?

Traditionally cannoli are made with ricotta, but over time people have started adding mascarpone and I thought it was the perfect addition for this sweet dip. Mascarpone is an Italian cream cheese which is similar to our American cream cheese but is richer and creamier because it is made from whole cream. The mascarpone and ricotta mixed together gives this dip a great texture and a rich, creamy taste.

Can You Use Cream Cheese Instead of Mascarpone?

Yes! Cream cheese can be a substitution for mascarpone cheese BUT you need to make a few modifications to it. Mix together 8 ounces of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of sour cream, and 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of heavy cream. Whip together until smooth.

The added sour cream adds a little tangy flavor to the cream cheese that more closely resembles mascarpone and the heavy cream helps give it a smooth, creamy texture.

Hot to Make Cannoli Dip Thicker

The amount of liquid in ricotta cheese can vary by brand. This excess liquid can make your cannoli dip runny.

If your ricotta cheese seems a little runny you can thicken it by placing a piece of cheesecloth in a bowl and spooning the ricotta cheese onto the cloth. Wrap it up tightly and squeeze. The liquid will drain out of the cheese.

You don’t want the cheese to be completely dry you want it to be a spreadable texture without being runny.

How to Serve Cannoli Dip

You can serve this with all sorts of dippers. We suggest suggest waffle cones broken up into pieces, pizzelle cookies, store bought cannoli shells broken into large pieces, vanilla wafers, or graham crackers. If you’re really ambitious, you can make the pastry dough used for cannoli and fried it into chips.

You can also use strawberries if you want to add some fruit.

How Long Is Cannoli Dip Good For?

If you store your Creamy Cannoli Dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator it will stay good for 3-5 days.

black bowl with Cannoli Dip with mini chocolate chips

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 10 mins
Chill Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins

Creamy Cannoli Dip

This Creamy Cannoli Dip is a sweet dip made with ricotta and mascarpone cheese and packed with chocolate chips.
Cannoli Dip in a black bowl with chocolate chips
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3.34 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Whole Milk Ricotta cheese, drained
  • 8 ounces Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  • In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, mascarpone together until smooth.
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time mixing until smooth. Add vanilla and mix.
  • Add mini chocolate chips and fold them into the cannoli mixture.
  • Put the cannoli dip in an airtight container and refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with waffle cone pieces, cookies, or graham crackers.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 69mg, Potassium: 47mg, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 580IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 157mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cannoli dip, dessert dip