Cannoli Cheesecake Recipe
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Cannoli Cheesecake Recipe

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Combining two of our favorite desserts, this is a traditional holiday treat in my Italian family. We're always certain to pass down the recipe to the next generation.—Marie McConnell, Shelbyville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 cartons (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 7 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 363 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 169mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein


  1. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat ricotta cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the flour, vanilla and orange peel. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into prepared pan; sprinkle with chocolate chips. Place in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 65-75 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  4. Refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with pistachios. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cannoli Cheesecake in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p73

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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Had a dry texture typical of ricotta cheesecakes, but great cannoli flavor. Next time I will cut back to 1 carton of ricotta and use some mascarpone cheese for more creaminess"

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"Texture was horrible. was not smooth like a cheesecake should be. Taste is okay, the orange flavor is too overpowering and does not taste like any Cannoli I have ever tasted. Won't make again."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"i used a smoother ricotta and also i would suggest if using regular ricotta to strain it in cheesecolth overnight. I also used crushed up cannoli shells for the crust"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"My Italian friend from New York said it tasted like the cannoli she had growing up."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"made this cheesecake for thanksgiving(canada)30 people,not 1 person like it the texture and the taste,very disappointed throw the recipe in the garbage."

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