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Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits

 Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits
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
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • PARFAIT:
  • 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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 20 chocolate wafers, crushed

Directions

  • Drain cherries, reserving liquid in a 1-cup measuring cup. Add enough
  • water to measure 1/3 cup; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Place the ricotta, cream cheese and sugar in a food processor; cover
  • and process until smooth. Add the syrup, lemon juice and vanilla;

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Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • process until combined. Gently fold in whipped topping and chocolate
  • chips.
  • 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 equals 300 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 291 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.