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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings

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

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  • sannekhan
    May 18, 2013

    No comment left

  • HECUP
    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.

  • wonderman
    May 12, 2013

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  • pretzeld
    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
    May 12, 2013

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

  • CARRIE KENNEY
    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
    May 12, 2013

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

  • JOYSANS
    May 12, 2013

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

  • bella3028
    May 12, 2013

    it's so special , sublime flavor

  • scohn3
    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! :)