Key Lime Pie Cannoli Dip is the best of both worlds, combining two classic desserts to make one super delicious dip! It’s easy and made with pantry staples.
We’re all craving desserts right now. Right? It’s not just me is it? I’ve been baking up a storm and making at least two batches of cookies a week! FYI that is so not like me.
While cannoli dip is a great party dessert (or appetizer 😉), it’s also the perfect movie companion to curl up on the couch with! That’s what I’ll be doing this weekend…
Key Lime Pie Cannoli Dip Recipe
I’ll be honest, I haven’t always been a fan of key lime pie, and it’s still not my number one choice on a dessert menu. However, the flavors are delicious in combination with this cannoli dip!
It’s also my boyfriend’s favorite dessert and when I told him I was making cannoli dip but wanted to do something different he suggested I make it key lime pie flavored. I thought that was a great idea!
It’s light, it’s refreshing, and it’s sweet but not too sweet! The white chocolate graham cracker covered waffle cone pieces are the icing on the cake.
Ingredients For Cannoli Dip
The best part about making cannoli dip is that you don’t need a whole lot of ingredients! You probably have at least half of them on hand already. All I needed to grab was the ricotta and mascarpone!
- whole milk ricotta cheese
- mascarpone cheese
- powdered sugar
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- lime zest and juice
- vanilla extract
I made graham cracker crusted cannoli chips to use for dipping, and they were so fun! Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- waffle cones
- white chocolate bar
- graham crackers
How To Make Key Lime Pie Cannoli Dip
A dip that comes together quickly and all in one bowl? I’m 100% in for that!
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the mascarpone, ricotta, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and lime zest with a hand mixer until fully combined. Then slowly mix in the powdered sugar and fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
2. The chocolate covered waffle cone chips are made by dipping the waffle cone in melted white chocolate and then sprinkling graham cracker crumbs over top. Simple as that!
3. I like to garnish the dip with more chocolate chips and some lime zest before serving, but this is optional!
How To Make Sure Your Cannoli Dip Isn’t Runny
Runny cannoli dip is one of the most common issues people run into. An easy way to fix this is to make sure you are properly draining and drying the ricotta. It’s very easy to do and it happens overnight while you sleep!
To drain and dry the ricotta, place it in a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth in the refrigerator, uncovered overnight. In the morning, wring it in the cheesecloth to push any more moisture out. Roll the dry ricotta on a few paper towels.
Some Questions You Might Have About Making Key Lime Pie Cannoli Dip
Do I have to use ricotta cheese?
I’ve been asked this question a lot by people who don’t like ricotta cheese. But I gotta tell you, most cannolis, especially a traditional cannoli, are made with ricotta cheese!
The flavor and texture of ricotta cheese is completely masked when it’s made into cannoli dip. If you didn’t know it was made with ricotta before tasting it, you would never know…
Can I substitute Mascarpone cheese?
If you can’t find mascarpone cheese, you can use 8 ounces of cream cheese instead. Some people say to add a little butter with it but I thought it tasted just fine without butter!
Looking For More Easy Dessert Recipes?
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- Edible Cookie Dough
- Candy Cane Hershey’s Kiss Cookies
- Lemon Blueberry Muffins
- Strawberry Banana Bread
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Key Lime Pie Cannoli Dip
- 8 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese drained and dried*
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp lime zest, more for garnish
- 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 waffle cones broken into large chip-like pieces
- 1 white chocolate bar
- 6 graham crackers
- Using a hand mixer and a large bowl or a stand mixer, beat the mascarpone, ricotta, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and lime zest until fully combined and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until fully combined, then fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
- To make the chocolate covered waffle cone chips, crush the graham crackers in a plastic baggie until they become a fine dust (you can also use a food processor for this). Break the chocolate bar into pieces and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it for 1 minute, checking it after 30 seconds to stir. Dip the cones in the melted chocolate, then sprinkle the crushed graham crackers over top and place them on parchment paper to dry.
- Garnish the dip with more chocolate chips and some lime zest and serve!