Cannoli dip is delicious, easy to prepare, and customizable, making it the perfect party food. A basic cannoli dip recipe requires ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips. However, you can add one of these unexpected alterations if you really want to wow your guests.
Substitute basic cream cheese for exciting mascarpone cheese if you want your dip to be a bit heartier.
Chef Jessica Randhawa explains the difference by saying, “The ricotta provides that classic cannoli flavor, while the mascarpone adds a luxurious richness.”
White Chocolate Chips
Not everyone is a fan of dark chocolate, so you may want to use white chocolate chips instead. This will make the cannoli dip more sugary, so ask yourself how much of a sweet tooth your guests have.
If you just want to make a classic cannoli dip, follow the recipe below:
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Cookies, fruit, or graham crackers (for serving)
- Mix the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract into a large bowl, for around 5 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to eat.
- Serve dip alongside sweet dippers on a platter. Bon appétit!
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Discovering the Pickleball Bug
Denise Austin and her family stumbled upon pickleball several Thanksgivings ago. With her husband, Jeff, being a professional tennis player and her sister-in-law, Tracy Austin, being a two-time US Open winner, the transition to pickleball was natural for Denise. The sport’s social and low-impact nature has appealed to Denise, who loves playing mixed doubles with other couples and enjoying the game with her daughters, Kelly Austin, and fitness influencer Katie Austin.
A Game for Everyone
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The Rise of the Pickleball Lifestyle
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Preparing for the Game and Dressing the Part
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