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Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits Recipe

Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits

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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. Wink"

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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