Cannoli Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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This light and airy cannoli dip recipe is loaded with chocolate chips and refreshing orange zest. Served with crispy pizzelle cookies, it’s a sweet and creamy dip that is ready in just 10 minutes. Easily made days ahead, this dip is perfect for parties or game night!

Why You’ll Love This Cannoli Dip Recipe

Say goodbye to savory dips and say hello to this velvety and refreshing, sweet cannoli dip! Here’s why you will love it:

  • Addictive: Mini chocolate chips and fresh orange zest are swirled into a sweet, creamy and fluffy dip. Served chilled with crispy cookies, each bite is better than the last!
  • Quick & Easy: Ready in just 10 minutes, this easy dessert dip is a beginner level recipe! Just combine all the ingredients and beat it until it’s light and fluffy.
  • Creamy: With the combination of ricotta and mascarpone cheese, this recipe is as luscious and creamy as dips can get.
  • Great for Parties: This recipe for cannoli dip is easily made up to 3 days ahead, making it perfect for parties! Placed into a cooler it also travels very easily.
Light and creamy cannoli dip in a bowl with chocolate chips and orange zest on top for garnish, surrounded with pizzelle cookies and fresh fruit for dipping.

What Is Cannoli Dip?

Cannoli dip is an American twist on traditional Italian cannolis. It’s made by whipping ricotta, mascarpone, and sometimes cream cheese until light and fluffy. It’s sweetened with powdered sugar and served with cookies or fruit for dipping.

Toppings like chocolate chips, crushed nuts, or sweet drizzles can be added too. Ultimately, the dip should include the following so that it has all the elements of a cannoli: a ricotta-base, a crunchy topping, and a crispy cookie.

Ingredients for cannoli dip recipe arranged on a marble countertop, from top to bottom: mini chocolate chips, powdered sugar, ricotta, mascarpone cheese, orange zest, vanilla and heavy cream.

Recipe Ingredients

Ricotta, marscapone and heavy cream are what make this dip ultra luscious and creamy. Scroll to the recipe card at bottom of the post for full detailed instructions.

  • Ricotta: It’s a specialty Italian cheese sold in tubs at most supermarkets or deli shops.
  • Mascarpone cheese: Swap it for full fat cream cheese, if needed, but mascarpone will create a lighter and more velvety final texture.
  • Vanilla Extract: Almond extract can be used for a different flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar: Don’t use granulated sugar because it’ll make the dip grainy.
  • Heavy Cream: Make sure it’s straight out of the fridge so that beating it is easier.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips: Regular chocolate chips or chopped chocolate chunks will work as well, but the smaller the better.
  • Orange Zest: This is *key* to that light and refreshing flavor.
  • Cookies: Italian pizzelle cookies are perfect for dipping, but Nilla wafers are a close second! Fresh fruit or graham crackers work too.
Wafer cookie dipped into the cannoli dip.

How to Make Cannoli Dip

The key is whipping the cream until super airy so that the dip is fluffy like a cloud. Scroll to the recipe card at bottom of the post for full detailed instructions. 

  • Mix: In a large bowl, mix to combine the ricotta, mascarpone, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Set aside.
  • Cream: In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the ricotta mixture into the whipped cream until just combined.
  • Add-ins: Mix in the mini chocolate chips and orange zest into the creamy ricotta mixture.
  • Chill: Refrigerate the cannoli dip for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve chilled with cookies for dipping!
Serving tray with the dip in the center, cookies, and strawberries to the side.

Tips & Variations

A few tips to ensure a velvety texture for your cannoli dip and some variations to try:

  • Chocolate Chips: Traditionally semi-sweet chocolate chips are used in cannolis, but feel free to use milk, dark or even white chocolate chips.
  • Pistachios: Crush some toasted pistachios and sprinkle them on top to complete all the elements of an authentic cannoli in this recipe. You can also mix them in for an added crunch.
  • Adjust the Sweetness: Start with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and add more to taste so that you don’t end up with a dip that’s too sweet for your liking. Taste as you go and increase the amount as needed.
  • Freeze the Bowl: If beating your whipped cream by hand, pop the bowl into the freezer for at least 1 hour before staring. A cold bowl will help the heavy cream from peaks a lot faster.
  • Double Chocolate: Add 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder into the mixture for a chocolate cannoli dip variation.
  • Fruit Skewers: To make dipping fresh fruit easier, make mini skewers with your favorite fruit combinations. That way you only have to dip in the skewer and not individual pieces of apple, strawberries, etc.
Bowl of sweet ricotta dip with chocolate chips and orange zest. Wafer cookies, graham crackers, and strawberries on the side.

Favorite Dippers to Serve with Cannoli Dip

Aside from graham crackers and vanilla wafer cookies for dipping, I highly recommend crispy pizzelle cookies to increase the Italian vibes. You can also use lightly crushed cannoli shells or broken waffle cones to scoop this sweet dip.

My spice cookies and gingerbread man cookies are other holiday favorites. Try it with my vanilla waffle cookies or chocolate sugar cookies if you’re not looking for anything particularly festive. Fresh fruit like sliced apples and strawberries are also great options!

How To Store

This cannoli dip is not freezer-friendly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it in advance! It stores wonderfully, so feel free to make it a few days ahead.

  • Fridge: Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can also wrap the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, just be sure to store it away from any strong smelling foods like onions.
  • Serving: This dip shouldn’t be heated, otherwise it’ll split. It needs to be served chilled or at room temperature.
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Yield: 6 servings

Cannoli Dip

This creamy, chocolate-orange cannoli dip is a heavenly 10-minute sweet treat served with crispy pizzelle cookies. Easily made days ahead, this dip is perfect for parties or game night!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) container mascarpone cheese, or softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • waffle cookies, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, or fresh fruit, for dipping

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, mix together ricotta, mascarpone, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Stir until combined, set aside.
  • In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in the ricotta mixture into the whipped cream, just until combined. Add in the chocolate chips and orange zest.
  • You can serve it immediately, or refrigerate it for up to an hour to allow the flavors to meld together. Serve with your favorite dippers.

Notes

Store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. 
Pistachios: Crush some toasted pistachios and sprinkle them on top to complete all the elements of an authentic cannoli in this recipe. You can also mix them in for an added crunch.
Adjust the Sweetness: Start with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and add more to taste so that you don’t end up with a dip that’s too sweet for your liking. Taste as you go and increase the amount as needed.
Freeze the Bowl: If beating your whipped cream by hand, pop the bowl into the freezer for at least 1 hour before staring. A cold bowl will help the heavy cream from peaks a lot faster.
Double Chocolate: Add 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder into the mixture for a chocolate cannoli dip variation.
Fruit Skewers: To make dipping fresh fruit easier, make mini skewers with your favorite fruit combinations. That way you only have to dip in the skewer and not individual pieces of apple, strawberries, etc.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scoop, Calories: 451kcal, Carbohydrates: 68g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 69mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 59g

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OMG! I made this to take to a holiday party a few weeks ago. Everyone raved about it. So yummy. It made a TON! Thanks so much for making me look slightly more than just competent in the kitchen.

I love this! My boyfriend and I don’t make nearly enough time for our relationship between work, school and other commitments, a date night is definitely in order, and so is this cannoli dip.

This may be the most stunning dip EVER. Also, my husband is a canolli fanatic and would love me forever if I made this for him (well… hopefully he’ll love me forever anyway). His birthday is coming up, so this is definitely happening!

Love the chocolate orange combination! Great idea for date night!

Canoli dip? Holy cow I would LOVE this! I could wind down with a glass of wine and this dip. It’s lovely.

This dip looks so good! The date night sounds so fun! It’s so important to de-stress after a hectic week! I like how this is like a deconstructed cannoli with the waffle cookies! I cannot wait to make this!!!

Such a cute idea for date night! Love this dip!

Mmm this canolli dip looks just perfect! I love the chocolate and orange combo. What a fantastic sweet treat!

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