Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits Recipe
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Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits Recipe

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My family loves cannoli, but I don't love making the shells. This parfait is an easy way to enjoy the flavor without spending time baking the shells. —Anna Ginsberg, Austin, Texas
Featured In: Cannoli Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 20 chocolate wafers, crushed

Nutritional Facts

1 parfait: 300 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. Drain cherries, reserving liquid in a 1-cup measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 1/3 cup; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in reserved cherry juice mixture until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cherries and lemon juice. Cool.
  3. Place the ricotta, cream cheese and sugar in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Add the syrup, lemon juice and vanilla; process until combined. Gently fold in whipped topping and chocolate chips.
  4. Place 1 tablespoon crushed wafers in each of eight parfait glasses. Top with 1/3 cup cheese mixture and a heaping tablespoonful of cherry sauce. Repeat layers. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2011, p77

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HECUP User ID: 1673411 150429
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"I think I would leave the Ricotta &Cream Cheese Out.Not a big fan of those things.Make it with cut up chocolate cake and Cherry pie Filling."

pretzeld User ID: 5747609 123882
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"For JOYSANS. You can make it in a full fat version by simply buying the ricotta, cream cheese and whipped topping that does not state "reduced fat or fat-free". You can check the fat content on the label to compare."

Sally Miner User ID: 1714177 117670
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"JOYSANS just use full fat ingredients where it says fat free or reduced fat, that simple"

CARRIE KENNEY User ID: 6806021 195133
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"To make it full fat just don't use fat free or low fat items.Its just that easy to change it to full fat version. "

piper276 User ID: 4653432 195119
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"Would definitely make this again, but would eliminate the Fat Free and reduced fat ingredients, far tastier without them."

JOYSANS User ID: 2857425 179380
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"Please!!!! Can someone tell me how to make the FAT FULL version of this??"

bella3028 User ID: 6634989 179378
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"it's so special , sublime flavor"

scohn3 User ID: 7216914 111737
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"I LOVED THIS! It was so different than the normal desserts I make.

I changed the recipe a bit though, using all fat free ingredients, and Stevia instead of sugar. I also swapped out the cherries for fresh raspberries with the lemon juice.
It took me probably 15 minutes to do this whole recipe, and i put it in the freezer for an hour before I ate it, frosty delicious LIGHT treat! :)"

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