This typical Italian dessert is quick to prepare with purchased cannoli cones.

20 min. prep time
12 servings
131 Rating


1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, grated
12 (4 3/4-inch) purchased cannoli cones
Sifted powdered sugar
Chopped pistachio nuts or pecans, if desired


Stir together ricotta cheese, sugar, orange zest and cinnamon in bowl; set aside.

Beat whipping cream and vanilla in another bowl at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir whipped cream and chocolate into ricotta mixture.

Spoon cream mixture into pastry bag fitted with large tip. Pipe into cannoli cones. Sprinkle powdered sugar over cannoli. Sprinkle ends with nuts, if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 6 hours.

Recipe Tip

Cannoli cones are available at supermarkets, Italian markets or Italian bakeries.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 240

Fat: 16g

Cholesterol: 25mg

Sodium: 40mg

Carbohydrates: 18g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 6g

Recipe #13449©2005Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Instead of making a traditional cannoli, make this recipe as a deconstructed cannoli.
Make it as a dip and serve with a waffer cookie. I used my waffle cone griddle to make waffers, then I cut them in sixths. I would also suggest mixing the ricotta cheese, sugar, orange peel & cinnamon ahead of time and then folding in the whip cream portion of the recipe. The flavors seem to meld better.
1. The ricotta should be dried. I place mine on a doubled piece of cheescloth in a strainer. I add a small dish and some weight on the cheese so it forces water out into a bowl, about 4 hours all refrigerated. Reserve the liquid.
2. I use 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. It's smoother.
3. I also "food process" the cheese, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla with a metal blade. The results are extremely smooth.
If it were too stiff after adding the heavy cream you can adjust with the reserved liquid.

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
3 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Cannoli

Latest Blog

What in the World Can You Dip in Chocolate?
January 6, 2016 by Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen

Chocolate’s complex flavor brings out the sweetness and tanginess of fruit, mellows the heat of peppers, and comes alive when introduced to a little bit of salt. The real question should be, “What can’t you dip in chocolate?” More ...

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.


    Welcome Back!

    If you are already a member, please sign in.

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window