Cannoli Ice Cream

Sunday, July 5, 2020
Cannoli ice cream is one of those wow factors on that first taste.

It's rich, creamy and so different tasting than any other flavored ice cream you may have had.

There are few things that make the characteristics of an Italian cannoli flavor, Marsala wine, and a hint of cinnamon with that crunchy shell.

I am pretty sure this recipe hits it out of the park in flavors and is super easy to make.

The family loves how this all works to give you the best experience and taste of a real Italian pastry in a frozen confection!

Nothing like the phony supermarket ice cream brands, this is authentic Italian cannoli flavors made with the richness and creaminess of Ricotta cheese!

I waited patiently to ever post this recipe until the verdict of my Italian critics came in.

Well, the words bellissima, meraviglioso, favoloso (beautiful, fabulous, wonderful).

We are such big cannoli fans I even make a delicious Cannoli Dip that's addicting!

Scroll down to the recipe and see these amazing ingredients in the recipe card and print it off, and how easy this can be made!

homemade cannoli ice cream

Sunday Dinners and Dessert

This cannoli ice cream is usually served after our big Italian dinner.

We love Sunday family day with Traditional Sunday Sauce, Meatballs baked cavatelli pasta, and of course, we always save room for dessert.

Usually, dessert ends with our favorite Italian Lemon Ice, but this one is a favorite also.

On a hot summer day in July, this certainly is the ice cream of choice here.

It's bursting with great flavors, subtle, not too sweet, and the perfect Italian dessert after that big meal!

It sure is easier than making the regular pastry, which I make at Easter time usually the original pastry, Italian Cannoli .

The garnish made it even more authentic in flavors with that addition of brushed Marsala on it and butter.

Here is another favorite Cannoli Recipe to Try Best Cannoli Pie, Cannoli Mousse.

these are the ingredients to make cannoli ice cream in this photo is ricotta cheese, mini chocolate chips, whole milk and sugar cones

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • milk
  • Ricotta whole milk
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • sugar
  • mini chocolate chips
  • heavy cream
  • Optional garnish: Sugar cone brushed with 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon Marsala wine

this is a photo of an ice cream maker  made by Cuisinart.

No Ice Maker No PROBLEM!

Well, this is one tool I love for the creaminess, is the ice maker, it provides and texture, however, not to worry, no ice maker no problem!

Place the mixture in a deep ice cream freezer-safe container and freeze for 45 minutes.

As it begins to freeze near the edges, remove it from the freezer and stir vigorously with a spatula or

if you have a handheld mixer or blender, the creamier and less grainy the better.

Return to the freezer.

Continue to check the mixture every 30 minutes, stirring vigorously as it’s freezing.

Repeat this process for 2 to 3 hours, or until frozen.

this is cannoli ice cream with hot fudge on top

Tips and Suggestions

  • Drizzle the cones with Marsala wine then crumble for an authentic flavor
  • Add rum extract or Kahula, instead of vanilla to change the flavor
  • Add chopped maraschino cherries blotted dry just before it's done churning
  • Make sure you follow the manufacturer's suggestions for time, you don't want to over churn heavy cream
  • Use store-bought ice cream toppings and pistachios
  • Crumbled cookies and cake crumbs are another delicious toppings suggestion
  • My kids just love topping this with warmed hot fudge sauce!

Garnishing Suggestions

  1. Sugar cone brushed with 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon Marsala wine or use crushed cannoli shells
  2. pizzelle cookies crumbled
  3. almond-flavored cookies crushed
  4. hot fudge
  5. chopped kit kat bars
  6. crushed cinnamon graham crackers
  7. pistachios chopped
  8. maraschino cherries

this is a scoop of cannoli ice cream

More Recipes We Love

Cannoli Pie

Cannoli Mousse

Cannoli Dip

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Great All Year Long

Don't wait for summer to try this refreshing and easy-to-make Cannoli Ice Cream, it's great all year long!

Get creative and enjoy this delicious confection homemade as a family project.

Let me know how you like it, love your comments!

this is a recipe card with the instructions on how to make cannoli ice cream

Cannoli Ice Cream

prep time: 15 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 35 M
If you live the flavors of an Italian cannoli pastry, this ice cream is decadently wonderful! Rich and creamy and perfect after that Sunday big Italian family dinner.
Did I mention it's easy to make?


  • 1 cup milk
  • 15-ounce container Ricotta whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla or rum extract (for a hint of coffee flavor add Kahlua makes this taste like tiramisu and add chopped lady fingers to it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream placed in the freezer while preparing the base for at least 1/2 hour
  • Optional garnish: Sugar cone brushed with 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon Marsala wine or use crushed cannoli shells, pizzelle cookies crumbled, chopped kit kat bars, crushed cinnamon graham crackers, pistachios, maraschino cherries


How to cook Cannoli Ice Cream

  1. In a small saucepan heat just until all is blended together, Ricotta, whole milk, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Place the heavy cream into the warmed mixture. Place all of this in the freezer for one hour or overnight in a covered container.
  2. Put the mixture in the ice cream maker to package instructions, (usually done in around 20 minutes with mine).
  3. At the end around 5 minutes before the churning has completed, add the chopped cookies and mini chocolate chips.
  4. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving or use it as a softer serve ice cream immediately.
  5. For the sugar cone garnish, melt butter and stir in Marsala wine.
  6. Brush the sugar cones with this mixture and break off pieces or serve whole, placed on top of ice cream and serve.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. So creamy and smooth..and I bet it tastes just as great as it looks, Claudia.

  2. This will be the recipe that pushes me to get an ice cream maker!

  3. What a delicious summer recipe! I'm so excited to make this yummy cannoli ice cream. Yum. Yum!

  4. Ice cream looks great! Never thought of cannoli ice cream and this is such an amazing summer treat!

  5. We are huge fans of cannoli ice cream so I decided to make some at home and this was delicious!

  6. I'm super excited to try this cannoli ice cream recipe. I love cannoli and I've not used my ice cream maker at all this summer. This recipe is happening ASAP!! Thanks!!

  7. It doesn't get any better than this! Cannoli ice cream is the best of both worlds. Yum!

  8. Oh man I wish I had a big old bowl of this!! I love I can't imagine what this must be like in icecream form...delicious!

  9. Yummy! This ice cream is so addicting and so delicious! My family and I enjoyed this during the summer last year! We’ll definitely make this again this summer!

  10. This is so yummy! Perfect for a Cannoli Lover like me!

  11. Oh this looks perfect for the summer! I love cannolis so I know I'm going to enjoy this so much!


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