A delicious party dip, appetizer or dessert, this homemade easy Italian cannoli filling dip recipe takes just 15 minutes. You can serve it for any holiday, on game day or special occasion.
Homemade Easy Italian Cannoli Filling Dip Recipe
is the same filling in the Italian Cannoli Pastry dessert everyone enjoys. Sometimes we just want to enjoy the filling of a cannoli. This can be the perfect party dip.
When time is short, making cannoli filling dip is much easier and faster than having to make a traditional cannoli. Though today there are many markets that sell unfilled cannoli shells if you really want to have a cannoli pastry.
I like serving this homemade easy Italian cannoli filling dip recipe for holidays; often for family celebrations, and game day gatherings. Cannoli filling dip is a great addition to a buffet table for bridal and baby showers. It was always a favorite back in the day and even today everyone still enjoys this dessert.
The dip is easy to make. A hand mixer is the only equipment you will need. My family’s recipe for cannoli filling uses just a few ingredients which are ricotta, mascarpone cheese, anise extract, lemon zest and confectioner’s sugar.
TIP: The one step you need to do in advance for this dip is to drain the ricotta for a few hours or you can do it a day in advance. This easy step is simple. Empty the ricotta from the container into cheesecloth and place it in a strainer over a bowl so that the water drains.
Homemade Easy Italian Cannoli Dip Recipe
- 1 15 oz. Container Ricotta (low fat is fine) strained (see TIP above). You can strain the ricotta a day in advance.
- 8 oz. Mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 - 2/ 3 cup Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener - plus more for dusting if desired
- 2 tbls. Anise extract (or use Vanilla extract)
- 2 tsp. lemon zest
- 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Waffle cones, pizzelle cookies, fresh fruit for dipping
Add the ricotta and mascarpone into a large bowl and blend well using a hand mixer.
Add in the powdered sugar and extracts and mix just until well combined.
Stir in the lemon zest, chocolate chips.
Add to a serving bowl and sprinkle a few more chips on top.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Serve with your choice of "dippers".
This is the recipe my grandmother always used when she made cannoli pastries. Generations have passed and today we are finding new ways to enjoy our family recipe traditions.
You can also cut up fresh fruits – strawberries, peaches, pears for dipping. Adding the fruit makes this cannoli filling dip a gluten free dessert and it’s also a little less traditional but adds a “pinch of healthy”.
For dippers you can break up cannoli shells, pizzelle cookies or waffle cones – this is a “very” non-traditional and casual way to serve cannoli, No! . . . ?