This Cinnamon Cannoli Dip Recipe is just what you need when you are craving a cannoli. However, it's much easier to make in a dip!
First Published June 2017; Updated September 2020
Cannoli Dip Recipe Backstory
Raise your hand if you'd like a cannoli. I can't imagine that too many people dislike them.
Growing up in an Italian/ Croatian family meant that every family party or celebration had a pastry tray, cannoli or rum cake. There was nothing better than finishing off a meal with a crispy shell filled with creamy sweetened ricotta. Sometimes they have bits of candied fruit in them and sometimes they had mini chocolate chips.
On holidays, I still like to carry on the tradition and get a pastry tray. Or sometimes I serve this cinnamon cannoli dip recipe at my casual parties or Sunday football dinners. It is perfect for family movie night too.
Why make this Cinnamon Cannoli Dip?
This cannoli dip is definitely not something you would find at an Italian bakery. That is because it's the Americanized version with sweet cinnamon chips added. It really is so easy to put together. If you love cinnamon (like my family does), you will go crazy for this dip. It feeds a crowd and the recipe can be doubled or tripled. I served it with graham crackers and strawberries but another fruit or broken sugar cones would be perfect also.
I love making sweet dips! In fact I also make this Chocolate Chip Nutella Cheesecake Dip. It is another dessert recipe that is perfect for a party. All my friends ask me to bring this at their gatherings.
How - to video below!
Now let's talk about the video below. It was my my first food video that I made and I'm pretty proud of it. Thank you to Kristin from Dizzy, Busy and Hungry for showing me the ropes. Several years ago we got together for the day and made some cooking videos. It was lots of fun and this was the first of many. My husband and teenage son helped with editing so now my son is busy doing some more editing for me. Teenagers really do know their technology!
If you are having a little get together, think about making this cannoli dip recipe. It's perfect for a holiday party, game day or any type of gathering. You will not be disappointed!
Can I make this cannoli dip recipe ahead of time?
- Yes! In fact, I recommend it. If you allow this dip to sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving, or even overnight, it will thicken up really nicely.
- Try not to make it more than a day or so ahead of time; this will ensure that your dip is at its optimal texture and flavor!
How long will leftovers last?
- Well, I don't know if you'll have leftovers when it comes to this dip! But if you happen to make a triple batch and there's some dip leftover, don't get rid of it!
- Transfer your dip to an airtight container or a ziploc bag and store in the fridge. It should last another 3-4 days this way, but I doubt it'll go untouched for that long!
How else can I serve this cannoli dip?
- Sometimes if I have leftovers, I spoon it over French Apple Cake Loaf. It's so good over any type of pound cake too.
- This sweet dip is great over pancakes , Banana Waffles , or as a filling for stuffed French toast. I love it as a topping on sweet breakfast foods.
- It is a tasty substitute for yogurt in a parfait. These Shot Glass Apple Parfaits would be really good with cannoli dip in them.
Cannoli Dip Variations
- This recipe is so versatile; it can be served with a variety of different options for dipping, as well as different ingredients you can mix right into the dip itself.
- For dipping, trying serving with graham crackers, pizzelles, fruit, broken waffle or sugar cones, or even pieces of cannoli shell if you can get your hands on them!
- Here are some more ingredients you could mix into the dip, either instead of or in addition to the cinnamon chips depending on your preferences: chocolate chips, chopped pistachios, or lemon zest.
More Dessert Recipes
- Rustic Cinnamon Apple Tart
- Strawberry Tart with Ricotta and Chocolate
- Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies
- Apple Galette with Ricotta and Almonds
- Crock Pot Guinness Chocolate Cake from Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars from Averie Cooks
- Homemade Chipwiches
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Cinnamon Cannoli Dip Recipe
- 15 Ounces ricotta cheese
- ½ Cup powdered sugar
- ½ Teaspoon vanilla
- ½ Teaspoon cinnamon plus extra for garnish
- ½ Cup cinnamon chips plus extra for garnish
- Strawberries graham crackers or other fruit for serving
- In a medium size bowl, mix together ricotta, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and cinnamon chips. Mix until smooth and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours.
- Garnish with cinnamon and cinnamon chips.
- Serve with graham crackers and fruit.