A Modified Cannoli Dip

Cannoli filling recipes often call for ricotta cheese and/or mascarpone cheese plus heavy whipping cream whipped to perfection. But when you’re craving a cannoli and don’t have all that you need in the cupboard, it’s okay to modify.

That’s what I did.

From all the recipes I studied before making my cannoli dip, it appears you can try an assortment of ingredients and dippers and still come out on top. Here’s what I created one desperate Monday night.

A Modified Cannoli Dip
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 oz. ricotta cheese
  • ¾ c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • A sprinkling of chocolate chips
  • A sprinkling of pistachios
  • Graham crackers for dipping
  1. Allow cream cheese to warm to room temperature, then mix in ricotta.
  2. Add sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla and continue to mix.
  3. Chill dip for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Before serving, sprinkle chocolate chips and crushed pistachios on top. (I actually stirred in some pistachios into the dip for a little extra crunch.)
  5. Enjoy with graham crackers!