Cannoli cream, blueberries, the best ever crisp topping, and mocha whipped cream make these blueberry cannoli parfaits a perfect sweet treat.
There are days when my biggest problem in life is that I have TOO MUCH CANNOLI CREAM in my fridge.
And then I pinch myself.
By all means, this is a good problem to have.
I would wish it upon anyone.
Buuuuttttt eating all the cannoli cream once you realize that actually making cannoli shells is pretty much beyond the realm of a weeknight sweet treat….
…that’s the kind of thing that feels like a good problem until you do it. Then it just feels like a bellyache.
So, parfaits! Which are my new favorite way to say “I ate fruit for dessert, so can someone give me a medal here?!”
These are extra special and are layered with the aforementioned cannoli cream, a layer of my most favorite ever crisp topping (<–this stuff is sweet buttery crunchy gold), a handful of blueberries (or whatever berries you’re feeling at this time of year) and a dollop of mocha whipped cream. They’re the perfect light, summer, “Hey, I barely turned the oven on!!” bite. I like to make them in individual cups so that they feel extra fancy, but you can also layer the fillings in an 8×8-inch pan if sharing is more your thing.
I make my mocha whipped cream with International Delight Mocha Iced Coffee mixed in withe some heavy cream. It’s barely sweet, with just a hint of chocolate coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with the juicy blueberries, crunchy crisp, and chocolate studded cannoli cream. Additionally, this whole treat comes together in as much time as it takes to make the crisp (which can be made ahead of time!), so that when that sweet treat craving hits, you can satisfy and stave it off. Fast.
- 4 oz softened cream cheese
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup ricotta
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- ½ lb unsalted butter
- 1½ cups flour
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups blueberries
- 2 cups heavy cream
- ¼ cup International Delight Mocha Iced Coffee
- To make the cannoli cream, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and ricotta together in a medium bowl until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- For the crisp, heat oven to 350. Cut the butter into ½-inch pieces and put it in the fridge while you mix the remaining ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt. Using your fingers, mix the butter into the flour mixture, rubbing it into the dry ingredients. When the mixture looks like coarse sand, add in the oats and mix well. Spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet, breaking up any large clumps that form. Bake for 30-35 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until toasted and browned.
- For the mocha whipped cream, whip together the heavy cream and mocha iced coffee until it forms stiff peaks.
- Divide the cannoli cream among the parfait glasses. Top with the crisp, a layer of berries, and a dollop of the whipped cream. Serve chilled.
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This conversation is sponsored by International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.
Love these little cannoli parfaits. So delicious! 😀
Holy smokes girl!! This sounds incredible! Such a pretty and tasty way to begin the week 🙂
I never really got excited about cannolis…. but a connoli parfait? that I can get behind!
I love the combination of mocha with fruit–it always tastes really Italian to me. Cannoli parfaits are such a great way to combine the two!
You say you ate fruit for dessert…I say this is breakfast!
The whole thing looks delicious, but that crisp totally takes the … uhm… parfait? 😛
You’re too right about parfaits. And cannoli cream? What is this, heaven?
Okay, this is brilliant. I looooove cannoli and crisp topping? Well, yeah, who can resist that?
You had me at cannoli cream!!!
So…I might be one of those weirdos that get the cannoli to end up eating the cream only – but I think this parfait solves that problem! My belly can ache all it wants too as my tastebuds will be happy 🙂
These are so cute and I’m loving the mocha whipped cream 🙂
Now that’s my kind of dessert… yum!
I’m with you, making canoli shells is too much time! Love the idea of this parfait!! Blueberries are an awesome choice!
YUM! Everywhere I go I see cannolis, so it must be a sign. 😉
Cannoli cream in my parfait?! Stop it, you wish granting factory, you! I always thought there was so much potential for the creamy cannoli filling but never would have dreamed up such a marvelous treat! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go procure some cannoli filling STAT!
Excellent! Blueberry definitely got my attention! Perfect Cannoli Parfaits!
i’ve filled cannoli a few times and found it to be quite tedious, so i like this method of cannoli cream ingestion much more! delicious!
I’ve got 99 problems, but too much cannoli cream’s not one.
oh my gawd, girl . . . TOO MUCH CANNOLI CREAM in your fridge?!!!!! uh, yeah, GREAT problem to have . . and you are brilliant. . I love these!!!
Too much cannoli cream – that really is a problem. 😉 These are beautiful, Joanne! What a fun thing to serve at a party….even a party of one!
Cannoli cream and crisp..what’s not to love? These parfaits look heavenly, Joanne.
Oh my gosh, I totally had a similar struggle. I made too much whipped cream and had NO idea what to do with it. Yea, the struggle is real!! I can’t tell you how much I love this idea of making it into a parfait.
These are the kind of trouble I would like to have in life!! This is just perfect!
This is my favourite kind of ‘no effort but rather posh’ dessert! Love that you can make them ahead if you’re having guests and then breezily pull them out of the fridge as if they were no effort at all. Wait, they actually weren’t any effort!
I like all the flavours you put in these and that interesting ricotta-cream mixture. Mmm … you’re teasing me a bit Joanne because I haven’t had any dessert today … poor me!
This is the perfect thing to serve at a dinner party. SO gorgeous!
this is a fantastic idea!
I don’t think that we’d ever tire of cannoli cream in the frig! Yum….these are perfect for June’s fresh blueberries. Hope you’re doing well; I never hear from you anymore.
This is a great dinner party dessert! Thanks for sharing 🙂
They look utterly delicious and irresistible!
That sounds like the best kind of problem I would love to have. Cannoli cream in parfaits? Brilliant! They look glorious!
Oh man, what an amazing problem to have! And what a good solution. I definitely need some of this cream and crunch with my next pint of strawberries!
It’s like those days I just don’t know how to use up my berries…not such a problem, really!
These look great 🙂
Who said you can’t have too much cannoli cream? Serious? this has to be amazing Joanne!
hmm cannoli cream – not something that ever finds its way into our fridge – but parfaits always sound great to me – it is sort of like making all sorts of mushy desserts look pretty!
Sound divine – love love love cannoli but just don’t get them here x