Cannoli Ice Cream

All the flavors of your favorite Italian pastry in a frozen treat. Ricotta. Toasted pistachios. Chocolate. Even chunks of cannoli shells.

Cannoli Ice Cream

Last weekend, our good friends M&M came to visit from Boston. After getting stuck in DC and missing their connection, they finally made it and we had a great time. We did a lot of just hanging out, catching up, hit up the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the US (right here in Cincinnati), and of course Hubby showed off his grilling skills and we ate delicious food. I always enjoy indulging visitors with some of their favorite treats while they’re in town. What can I say, nothing says you love someone like baking for them.

Cannoli Ice Cream

I knew I wanted to make some ice cream, because let’s face it, I’ve been obsessed with ice cream this year. Lucky for me, the he-portion of M&M will eat anything. And for the she-portion, well I had made these cannoli cupcakes for her bridal shower back in 2011, so I knew cannoli ice cream would be a hit for her. As an added bonus, Hubby loves cannolis. It’s the one dessert I refuse to make for him at home. He hasn’t had a good one since we moved, because let’s face it, the cannolis in the North End are tough to compete with.

Cannoli Ice Cream

I, on the other hand, can’t eat cannolis. Well just the filling. It’s the ricotta. My lactose intolerance rears it’s ugly head when it comes to ricotta. In all honestly, they weren’t my favorite before I was lactose intolerant anyways. But I aim to please, so I decided to whip up this cannoli ice cream.

Cannoli Ice Cream

I didn’t taste it, but I think M ate some for every meal while she was in town. I know she had it for a late night snack after we went to Oktoberfest and she also had a small bowl for breakfast one morning. On top of that, Hubby finished the rest off in a couple days, so I’m taking that all to mean that it was good.

Cannoli Ice Cream

So if you have a friend or loved one who likes cannolis, I’m confident they will enjoy this ice cream. I know I enjoyed making it for some of my favorite people.

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Cannoli Ice Cream

All the flavors of your favorite Italian pastry in a frozen treat. Ricotta. Toasted pistachios. Chocolate. Even chunks of cannoli shells.


1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 (15 oz) container whole milk ricotta or equal amount fresh
4 oz cream cheese, diced into small cubes
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup cannoli shell pieces
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted, roasted pistachios, chopped


In a blender combine heavy cream, milk, sugar and corn syrup and blend mixture on low speed until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute.

Add in ricotta, cream cheese and vanilla bean seeds and blend mixture until well pureed.

Transfer to an airtight container and freeze 1 hour, stirring once halfway through freezing.

Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and process according to manufactures directions. Add in cannoli shell pieces, chocolate and pistachios during last few minutes of processing. Transfer to airtight container and freeze until semi-firm.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

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11 Responses to “Vegan Sugar Free Chocolate Rum Cookies”

  1. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! I hope you’re doing well!

  2. #
    Katie — January 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Vegan cookies huh? And sugar-free? Wow, they look good!

  3. #
    Cara — January 28, 2011 at 1:18 am

    like truffles or fudge, huh? I’ll take one!

  4. #
    Cara — January 28, 2011 at 1:19 am

    or 5 🙂

  5. #
    Evan @swEEts — January 28, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I love cookie exchanges too! I actually participated in Steph’s exchange too 🙂 These cookies sound delicious and if they’re vegan they’re supposed to be healthy right??

  6. #
    Stephchows — January 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    ooo these sound amazing for the exchange! Sorry it was a challenge to find a recipe but I’m so glad you found one you liked!!

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    Cursuri cosmetica — February 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

    These cookies look amazing. I mean they contain chocolate, rum, plus they are sugar-free. This is the perfect dessert. Thanks for sharing.

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    Eliana — February 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    WOW – this cookie could not look more delicious 🙂

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    Debra A Rogers — July 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

    How are these sugar free with maple syurp in them that has lots of sugar

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    Nichole Spence — December 13, 2013 at 2:52 am

    How many cookies does this make in one batch?

    • beantownbaker — December 17th, 2013 @ 10:56 am

      If I remember correctly, it made ~2 dozen cookies.

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