Enjoy the sweet flavors of a classic Italian dessert with this easy cannoli cream dip recipe. Perfect treat to add to your dessert table at your next party. The smooth texture and delicious combination of flavors, it's the dessert that everyone will dip into.
The Origins of Cannoli
Cannoli is a traditional Italian pastry that originated in Sicily. These crispy, tube-shaped shells are usually filled with a sweet ricotta cheese mixture. The ends are usually garnished with chocolate chips, pistachios, colored sugar sprinkles, or candied fruit.
Ingredients you will need for cannoli cream dip
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Cannoli shell pieces, vanilla wafers, shortbread cookies, or waffle cones for dipping
- chopped pistachios
- candied orange peel
- festive green or red colored sugar sprinkles
- chopped candied fruit mix
- mini chocolate chips
- In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined and smooth.
- Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together and the dip to firm up slightly.
- When ready to serve, transfer the cannoli cream dip to a serving bowl and garnish with additional chocolate chips, or pistachios, candied orange peel, sugar sprinkles, or candied fruit.
- Arrange cannoli shells, waffle cones, vanilla wafers, or shortbread cookies around the dip for dipping.
- Enjoy the delicious, sweet combination of flavors and textures.
Variations you May Like
This creamy cannoli dip recipe can be easily customized to suit your preferences. Here are a few variations you can try:
- Add a tablespoon of orange zest for an extra burst of citrus flavor.
- Replace the mini chocolate chips with dark chocolate shavings for an elegant touch.
- Swap the pistachios with chopped almonds or hazelnuts for a different nutty flavor.
- For a festive twist, stir in a tablespoon of rum or amaretto liqueur.
Ways to Enjoy this Divine Dip
This cannoli cream dip is a versatile dessert that can be enjoyed in various ways. May we suggest these alternative uses:
- Pipe the cannoli dip onto graham crackers and sprinkle with pistachios for a quick and easy canape bite sized dessert.
- Use it as a filling for crepes, waffles or pancakes for a decadent breakfast treat.
- Layer it between cake layers, cupcake center, or use it as a frosting for a cannoli-inspired cake or cupcake.
Try our boozy and festive Spiced Bourbon Rice Pudding recipe too!
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