Canoli Ice Cream Cones

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Cannoli Ice Cream Cones are the summer’s best frozen treat! This recipe makes chocolate chip ricotta ice cream in chocolate filled cones!

cannoli ice cream in sugar cones


Happy National Ice Cream Day everyone!!!  Well, belated anyway.  It technically falls on the third Sunday in July, yesterday.

We celebrated the day with a fresh batch of the most delicious ice cream I have ever made.  Em devoured hers, it was her first ice cream cone and I was so proud to have made the ice cream she was loving so very much.  We must have spent 20 minutes watching her and laughing with her.  She truly enjoyed that cannoli ice cream cone and I have 100 pictures to prove it.  Well, a lot anyway.

Cannoli Ice Cream Cones

Mr. W only had one comment, after he handed me the last 2 inches of his cone that he had devoured without saying a word.  Mind you his comment yesterday was ” I am not eating ‘cheese’ ice cream”. He thought that there was a little too much chocolate in the cone.  I am a HUGE chocolate fan (especially Nutella) but I would have to agree, to the average person, it was probably a bit much.  I will cut down the chocolate next time.  Yes, next time.  He loved it and wants it again.  I think watching Em eat it convinced him that it was good.

So, I have to say, second to pizzelle cookies, a REALLY good cannoli might just be my favorite dessert.  Not those greasy ones you get in a typical deli, but the hand made ones from ‘Nona’ at the Italian deli.  Delish!!!  It is virtually perfect, it has a deliciously smooth sweet and creamy mixture in the center of this fabulous crunchy ‘carrying case’, with a little chocolate drizzled on top and chocolate chips in the mix or on the ends.  Heavenly!

After watching Giada De Laurentiis make a Ricotta and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, I was inspired!!!  Here is what I did…  You are going to love it!!!

No Churn Ice Cream Option

Oh, and just to test the idea I made a second batch and froze it in a metal bowl in the freezer.  I stirred it with a spoon every 15 minutes or so.  It was delicious.  Definitely more dense, as the ice cream maker mixes in air.  So, that seems pretty logical. But, it was not icy like some ice creams made without a machine.  I also tried it with out the chocolate chips.  Absolutely incredible!!!

Enjoy your cannoli ice cream cones!

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two cannoli ice cream cones

Cannoli Ice Cream Cones

Donna Elick
Cannoli Ice Cream Cones
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 16 hours 39 minutes
Total Time 16 hours 39 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Method Freezer
Servings 12



Cannoli Ice Cream

  • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

For the Cones

  • 12 sugar cones
  • 2/3 cup chocolate hazelnut spread, (Nutella)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • For the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
  • For the Ice Cream: In a medium bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese and milk until smooth.
  • Add the simple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the ricotta mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's directions. Add the mini chocolate chips 10 minutes before the end of churning.
  • For the Sugar Cones: Stand 4 sugar cones up in each of the 3 glass tumblers.
  • Mix the chocolate-hazelnut spread and chocolate chips together in a small bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the pan does not touch the water. Stir until the chocolate chips have melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Spoon 2 teaspoons of chocolate mixture into each sugar cone.
  • (I got over excited with spooning, only put about 1/2 this much)
  • Place the glasses in the freezer for 10 to15 minutes until the chocolate becomes firm.
  • Stand 4 sugar cones in each of the 3 glass tumblers.
  • Mix the chocolate-hazelnut spread and chocolate chips together in a small bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the pan does not touch the water. Stir until the chocolate chips have melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Spoon 2 teaspoons of chocolate mixture into each sugar cone.
  • Place the glasses in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes until the chocolate inside the cones becomes firm.
  • Using a 2-ounce ice cream scoop, place 1 scoop of ice cream on top of each sugar cone. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1 cone | Calories: 426cal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 78mg | Sugar: 39g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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whisking cream and ricotta together for cannoli ice cream base
ricotta ice cream mixture
cannoli ice cream in ice cream maker
four empty sugar cones standing up in a glass
four ice cream cones filled with chocolate ganache

Originally published July 2011.

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  1. AMAZING! Love the canoli ice cream cones. They look perfect and I only wish I had one right this second

  2. Gotta tell you girlie, I was having a hard time picturing ricotta ice cream. This looks fabulous! Did you save me some?

  3. Very nice! I also put pistachios and a touch of orange marmalade in my canoli ice cream…. chocolate in the cone is a great idea!

  4. A cheese ice cream sounds interesting, like a cheese cake but ice cream version. Never tried this and now I want it:)

  5. Sounds like your girl had a blast 🙂 So cool. Awesome ice cream! Fully endorse anything 'cheese' related!

  6. only the word canoli makes me drool instantly, but add ice-cream and chocolate and you have me on my knees.
    had to share, looks so good!!!

  7. There's a new Italian restaurant near us that sells canoli, is it wrong I want to call in an order for some and just eat those tonight? Haven't tried them yet, hopefully they're not icky.

    Love the idea of canoli ice cream cones =)

  8. 5 stars
    I was a little unsure about making ice cream from ricotta cheese, but I was pleasantly surprised! Me and my kids all loved it! I may be stuck making this one frequently now!

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