If you can’t get enough of the Italian treat’s rich, creamy center, let us introduce: Cannoli Dip. This deconstructed dessert takes one of the best parts of the classic cannoli — the sweet, decadent filling — and turns it into a dippable treat perfect for fruits, waffle cookies, or practically anything! Whether you’re looking for an easy dip recipe to give your party a touch of sweet or a no-bake summer dessert for your next bash, whip up this creamy cannoli dip to keep your guests dipping and dunking all night long.
To make this dessert as quick and easy as possible, leave your ricotta out to drain in advance — an hour before serving or refrigerated overnight for day-before prep. This way when you’re ready to serve, simply puree all your ingredients together and fold in the chocolate chips for a dessert ready in 10 minutes max. Need a no-bake dessert you can make in advance? This dip can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before serving time, making it perfect for party-planning. Tip: Wait to fold in the chocolate chips until it’s time to eat to avoid any potential chocolate mixing into the sweet ricotta dip. For an extra-soft treat, let the refrigerated mixture sit out for 10-30 minutes at room temp for maximum dippabibilty.
Rich and creamy with bites of chocolate, this dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next get-together. Serve with waffle cookies, fresh fruit or even broken up waffle cones for an extra-sweet treat. Be prepared: With a dip this delicious, it’s bound to go fast!
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pure vanilla extract
grated fresh lemon zest
to 2 tablespoons heavy cream, if needed
mini chocolate chips, plus more for serving
Strawberries and waffle cookies, for dipping
Step 1Place ricotta in fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth set over bowl and let sit at least 1 hour at room temperature or refrigerate up to overnight.
Step 2In food processor (a blender won’t work), puree drained ricotta, mascarpone, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt until smooth, adding cream only if needed to loosen dip. Transfer to bowl and fold in chocolate chips. Serve with strawberries and cookies and sprinkle with chocolate chips if desired.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 256 calories, 18.5 g fat (12 g saturated), 7 g protein, 58 mg sodium,
16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber
SWEET SURPRISE: Fill ice cream cones with cannoli dip before scooping on your favorite flavors.
Kate Merker (she/her) is the Chief Food Director of the Hearst Lifestyle Group, overseeing the team that produces food content for several Hearst titles, including Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Prevention, Woman’s Day and Country Living. She has clocked nearly 20 years of experience in food media and before that, worked at some of New York City’s finest restaurants.
Taylor Worden is Delish's Assistant Digital Food Producer, where she creates recipe galleries, recipe updates and more. She was previously a freelance editor on the food team for Good Housekeeping, where she also contributed entertainment and culture pieces as a freelance writer. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and a lifelong love of writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, testing out a new pasta recipe, or rewatching one of her favorite shows.
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