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In just five minutes, you’ll be ready to serve a delicious party dish! Cannoli Dip is easy to make and is perfect for a crowd– The best part is it tastes just like the creamy filling of a traditional cannoli with mini chocolate chips mixed in.

Easy Cannoli Dip in a white bowl served on a wooden serving board with broken waffle cones and strawberries.

More ways to sink your teeth into an Italian Cannoli? Yes, please! Serve a heaping bowl of this easy no-bake cannoli dip with a platter loaded with fresh fruits, cookies, crackers, and maybe even broken cannoli shells. Then dip to your heart’s delight.

I love it when a classic recipe is turned into something new. Try my No-Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream and Skillet Apple Pie Biscuit Bites for more recipes inspired by classic desserts. It works with your favorite candy bars, too! Try my Easy Twix Cookies Recipe and this irresistible Snickers Poke Cake.

Looking for the right place to add to your rotation of dessert dips? This is another of those customizable recipes you can serve at ChristmasEasterFourth of July, on Game DayHalloweenThanksgivingValentine’s Day, or for a sweet snack anytime!

Ingredient Notes

  • Powdered sugar: Sweeten the dessert dip with powdered sugar.
  • Cream cheese: Make a dippable treat with a creamy base of softened cream cheese.
  • Ricotta cheese: Whole milk ricotta cheese is best for this Italian cannoli dip recipe. This gives it that authentic taste.
  • Vanilla: Add a bit of vanilla extract to deepen the flavor.
  • Chocolate chips: Mix in some mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, then sprinkle some on top!
Labeled ingredients needed to make a cannoli dip.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Chocolate Cannoli Dip: Add cocoa powder to the delicious dip for a rich and chocolatey cannoli dessert!
  • Extra Fluffy Dessert Dip: For an even lighter cannoli dip, add about a half cup of whipping cream.
  • Add-Ins: Mix in some orange zest or lemon zest for a bright citrus flavor, chopped pistachios, or your favorite nuts.
  • If preferred, use mascarpone cheese instead of ricotta. 

How to Make Easy Cannoli Dip Recipe

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Combine cannoli cream base

Let’s get started so we can get it into the fridge to chill! Grab a large bowl and an electric mixer, like a hand mixer or stand mixer. Add the powdered sugar, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, and vanilla extract to a bowl and combine for a couple of minutes.

Cream cheese, ricotta cheese, and powdered sugar in a bowl and these after being whipped together until smooth.

Step 2 | Add chocolate chips

Next, mix in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula, saving a couple of tablespoons to sprinkle on top of the creamy cannoli dip for garnish.

Adding mini chocolate chips to whipped cream cheese mixture and folding with a spatula.

Step 3 | Garnish and serve!

Then, transfer the cannoli dip to a serving dish, sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips, and serve or place in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy this delicious party dip!

Set the bowl in the fridge while you get that platter of dippers arranged — and enjoy!

Dip completely combined and then placed in a serving bowl and topped with mini chocolate chips to garnish.

Tips

  • More Cannoli Dip– You can easily double or triple this recipe to serve a larger crowd. Adjust the servings on the recipe card below to increase or decrease as needed.
  • Chill– If preferred, chill the sweet dip for about 30 minutes before serving. It’s also tasty when served fresh!
  • The Perfect Texture– Avoid overmixing the ingredients to keep the dip light and fluffy. If you want the ricotta super creamy, run it through the blender or food processor first and then proceed with the recipe.
  • Softened Cream Cheese– Ensure you set the cream cheese out at room temperature for a few minutes before starting the recipe to have it softened for easier mixing.
Cannoli dip topped with mini chocolate chips and garnished with waffle cone pieces and a strawberry.

Recipe FAQs

Is mascarpone or ricotta better for cannoli?

Depending on who you ask, the answer to this question may differ. Some say ricotta is the best cheese for cannolis, while others prefer mascarpone. Either way, you’ll have a delicious cannoli dip!

Can you make cannoli dip ahead of time?

Sure! You can make this easy dip recipe about two days in advance by storing it in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.

Why is my cannoli dip grainy?

If your dessert dip comes out grainy or watery, it may be due to your ricotta cheese. It’s important to use a quality brand of whole-milk ricotta. It also helps to drain any excess liquid in the ricotta container before adding it to the recipe.

Storage

Storage: Leftover cannoli dip will last in the fridge in an airtight container for up to five days.

What to Serve with The Best Cannoli Dip Recipe

Have plenty of yummy dippers for your delicious cannoli dip! Try Pizzelle cookies, graham crackers, chocolate chip cookies, fresh fruit like strawberries or sliced apples, vanilla wafers, broken sugar cone pieces, crushed waffle cones, cannoli chips, and chopped cannoli shells. 

Serve this dip with delicious homemade cookies, like Santa’s Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Christmas season, Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies for something fresh and fruity, Brownie Mix Cookies for a rich chocolate flavor, or buttery and light Oatmeal Lace Cookies!

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Using a broken waffle cone to dip out a bit of cannoli dip.

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Cannoli Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Easy No Bake Cannoli Dip is simple to make and a real crowd-pleaser that tastes just like the creamy filling of a traditional cannoli with mini chocolate chips!
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Ingredients 

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese, (can also use mascarpone or half of each)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  • In a large bowl or to a stand mixer add the powdered sugar, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, and vanilla extract into a large bowl. Whip until fully combined.
  • Then add the chocolate chips to the dip, reserving 2 tablespoons to sprinkle on top. Fold in chocolate chips until combined.
  • Transfer to your serving dish. Then sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes

  • More Cannoli Dip– You can easily double or triple this recipe to serve a larger crowd. Adjust the servings on the recipe card below to increase or decrease as needed.
  • Chill– If preferred, chill the sweet dip for about 30 minutes before serving. It’s also tasty when served fresh!
  • The Perfect Texture– Avoid overmixing the ingredients to keep the dip light and fluffy. If you want the ricotta super creamy, run it through the blender or food processor first and then proceed with the recipe.
  • Softened Cream Cheese– Ensure you set the cream cheese out at room temperature for a few minutes before starting the recipe to have it softened for easier mixing.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 334kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 37g (12%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 19g (29%) Saturated Fat: 11g (69%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0.02g Cholesterol: 26mg (9%) Sodium: 71mg (3%) Potassium: 204mg (6%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 31g (34%) Vitamin A: 315IU (6%) Calcium: 58mg (6%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    It’s incredibly delicious and super simple to make. The combination of creamy ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips is heavenly. You won’t be able to stop dipping!

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t get enough of this cannoli dip! So perfectly sweet and creamy. I’ll be serving this for the holidays this year for sure (and making it for myself whenever I can!)

  3. 5 stars
    My family always looks forward to me making this cannoli dip! It’s so easy to make and always a hit! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    Love this Easy Cannoli Dip Recipe, looks so delicious and is easy to make. Definitely will make it for the family, we love sweet treats. Thanks for sharing 🙂