Cannoli Dip Recipe – Shugary Sweets

This easy, sweet Cannoli Dip recipe tastes like the delicious filling of your favorite Italian dessert! Add fresh pistachios and sprinkles for a festive flair.

Love sweet dips? Our peanut butter dip is highly requested and 5 stars! serve with fruit, pretzels, or homemade cinnamon tortilla chips.

Cannoli dip in a bowl with waffle cone pieces to dip.

Why this Recipe Works

My family is a huge fan of our homemade cannolis. I knew this would be a hit because it’s basically cannoli filling, served as a dip. Easier than from-scratch cannolis and just as delicious.

Wondering how to turn your favorite Italian pastry dessert into an easy to serve dip?

Let’s go.

Important Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make cannoli dip.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

  • Ricotta cheese – for a creamy base that resembles the classic dessert filling!
  • Cream Cheese – Helps thicken the dip while adding tangy flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar – sweetens the dip without adding grainy texture.

We love decorating the rim of the serving bowl with sprinkles. Dip the edge of the bowl in melted white chocolate then add sprinkles. Adds a pop of festive fun!

PRO TIP: For more added flavor, add some homemade candied orange peel to the dip!

How to Make Cannoli Dip

Step by step photos showing how to make cannoli dip.

In a separate bowl, beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Using an electric beater, this takes about 3 minutes. If you’re beating the cream by hand with a whisk it’ll take much longer!

In another mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Stir until blended, then fold in the beaten whipped cream.

Finally, fold in some mini chocolate chips. Pour the riccotta filling into the bowl with the sprinkles, then garnish with pistacios. I added some extra chocolate chips to the stop, too, both for appearance and because . . .well, is extra chocolate ever a bad idea?

After chilling the dip for 2 hours, it’s ready to serve!

What to serve with Cannoli Dip

Here are a few ideas for what to serve as dippers for this sweet cannoli filling dip:

  • Cinnamon pita chips– or homemade cinnamon tortilla chips
  • Waffle cones or bowls broken into pieces
  • Homemade Bagel Chips
  • Graham crackers
  • Animal crackers
  • Nilla wafers
  • Chocolate wafers
  • Apple or pear slices
  • Ritz crackers
  • Pretzels

So many options for scooping up this irresistible dip. You can’t go wrong with this combination of cheesy, creamy, sweet tastes whipped together!

Cannoli dip served in a bowl with a rim of sprinkles.

How to store Cannoli Dip

Store Cannoli Dip in the fridge when you’re not eating it! It’ll keep well in an airtight container for a few days.

I recommend letting it chill for at least 2 hours before serving but you can certainly make it even farther in advance. This is a great dip to make the night before your gathering to save time on the day of the event!

Tips and Tricks

  • The best ricotta cheese for Cannoli dip and filling is whole milk ricotta. Skim ricotta will work, but I find whole milk cheese has a much richer flavor, which is what you want in this dip. It’s dessert after all!
  • Do not substitute any thing else for the heavy cream. You need real heavy cream to create those stiff whipped peaks that make the consistency of this dip so good.
  • For whipping the cream, electric beaters or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment are the way to go. If you don’t have these, you can beat the whipped cream by end with a strong wire whisk…but it’ll take a while and will give you a major upper body workout!
  • While the sprinkles make this dip even more exciting with a pop of color, you can leave them out if you prefer not to use them or don’t have any.

Since I made this dip for the first time years ago, it’s become a staple at the dessert table whenever I have a gathering of friends and family.

Cannoli dip served on a white plate with waffle cone pieces.

Easy Dessert Recipes

  • Melt white chocolate in microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Using a silicone brush (or knife), spread melted chocolate on rim of 2 cup bowl. Add sprinkles immediately. Set aside.

  • In a clean, dry mixing bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

  • In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Stir until blended. Fold in the beaten whipped cream.

  • Fold in all mini chocolate chips. Pour into serving bowl (with the sprinkles). Sprinkle with chopped pistachios (and extra chocolate chips if desired). Refrigerate for 2 hours (or more).

  • Serve with cinnamon pita chips and broken waffle cones (or bowls). ENJOY!

  • The best ricotta cheese for Cannoli dip and filling is whole milk ricotta. Skim ricotta will work, but I find whole milk cheese has a much richer flavor, which is what you want in this dip. It’s dessert after all!
  • Do not substitute any thing else for the heavy cream. You need real heavy cream to create those stiff whipped peaks that make the consistency of this dip so good.
  • For whipping the cream, electric beaters or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment are the way to go. If you don’t have these, you can beat the whipped cream by end with a strong wire whisk…but it’ll take a while and will give you a major upper body workout!
  • While the sprinkles make this dip even more exciting with a pop of color, you can leave them out if you prefer not to use them or don’t have any.

Calories: 389kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 98mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 34g

Easy to make creamy Cannoli Dip is a must try for anyone who loves cannolis!

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