Cannoli Dip

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.

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Cannoli dip in a bowl lined with sprinkles, topped with pistachios, and surrounded by waffle cone pieces.

Why this Recipe Works

This Cannoli Dip was created when, one year, we had a celebration to end all celebrations. It was huge!

I’m not talking about a large group of people. I’m talking we celebrated almost every holiday in one day!

You see, my son was home for the week before leaving the country. He’d be gone his birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The first time we won’t be together for all of those the holidays.

So, I made the holidays happen all at once last week. We celebrated his birthday (with a pumpkin pie). We ate a huge Thanksgiving dinner (with his favorite hashbrown casserole). We enjoyed eggnog around the Christmas tree and opened presents.

And then we cheered for New Years with champagne and confetti poppers.

One of the treats we enjoyed throughout the celebration was the Cannoli Dip. And by “enjoyed” I mean, Demolished. Destroyed. Devoured.

I had first tried it earlier this year at a family party. And I knew I would have to recreate this fantastic dip!

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.

Cannoli dip with sprinkles, pistachios, and chocolate chips. Served on a platter of waffle cone pieces.

How to Make Cannoli Dip

Like a cannoli filling, you need ricotta cheese and heavy cream to make this recipe. It also includes cream cheese, powdered sugar and white chocolate.

After melting the white chocolate, you brush it on to the rim of a medium sized bowl. The one I used was 2 cups, which was perfect. Cover the white chocolate rim with multi colored sprinkles.

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
  • Cannoli filling broken into “chip” sizes
  • 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!

How to store

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.

This easy, sweet Cannoli Dip recipe tastes like the delicious filling of your favorite Italian dessert!

Easy Dessert Recipes

Yield: 12

Cannoli Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

This easy, sweet Cannoli Dip recipe tastes like the delicious filling of your favorite Italian dessert!


  • ¾ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp chopped pistachios
  • waffle cones, cinnamon pita chips- for dipping
  • ¼ cup white chocolate, melted
  • sprinkles- for bowl


  1. 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.
  2. In a clean, dry mixing bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Stir until blended. Fold in the beaten whipped cream.
  4. 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).
  5. Serve with cinnamon pita chips and broken waffle cones (or bowls). ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on October 19, 2016

Comments & Reviews

  1. All the parties in one day does sound exhausting but so fun!  I’m sure you have so many memories of just being together!  I will be praying for your son as he leaves soon! And this dip…holy cow!  I would probably devour the entire bowl in one sitting! 

  2. I LOVE that you celebrated all the holidays with your son, I’ll have to keep that in and as Charlie mentioned he may be leaning towards the military after high school. and we will have to include this dip. we are a cannoli loving family for sure

  3. How fun to do all the holidays in one day for your son, I’m sure he loved it! I have to try this cannoli dip, cannolis are one of our favorite treats!

  4. I am loving this dip! How perfect!

    It’s so wonderful you were able to celebrate the holidays with your son early and create those memories!

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