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Valentine’s Day generally arrives with a lot of pressure, but the best way I know how to cope is to simply focus on the food.  Whether you’re planning a special date night, staying in, or throwing a Galentine’s Day affair, Valentine’s Day offers a great opportunity to make and eat some delicious dishes for your loved ones.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be on Feb. 14. This year, with it falling right before the weekend, I plan on making it a multi-day affair.  After heading out with my love on the night of, Saturday night is going to be for me and my girlfriends. Someone has already offered to bring the wine, everyone is pitching in for the pizza, so I said I’d take care of dessert.

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Now, since we promised to keep it simple, I wasn’t about to make something complicated, but I did want a dessert that would be fun for a crowd. Enter my cannoli dip. Everyone loves cannolis, but truth be told, when I made them from scratch, easy is not the word I would use to describe rolling the dainty cannoli shells, and as a novice baker, filling them was a pain.

Anna Gass

A few years ago I tried cinnamon sugar pita chips and I immediately thought they tasted a lot like cannoli shells. Then I remembered the one easy part of making cannolis is the filling. So why not make a cannoli dip and instead of mess with frying, just serve with cinnamon-dusted chips? Viola! My cannoli dip was born.

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It’s all the taste of the classic Italian filling in one, dippable bowl: mini chocolate chips, a blending of mascarpone and ricotta cheeses sweetened with confectioners sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

So instead of worrying about Cupid’s favorite day, spend the day noshing on something sweet—a dip that’s hard not to love. After all, love comes in all shapes and sizes, in a shell or on a chip, right?

Cannoli Dip

Cannoli Dip

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  • 8 ounces ricotta
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ mini chocolate chips
  • 1 large bag of cinnamon sugar pita chips (I love Stacey’s)
  1. In a large bowl, add ricotta, mascarpone and sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until all the ingredients are combined and fully blended.
  2. Fold in mini chips and transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.
  3. Serve with pita chips. Everyone will want to be your Valentine.

Header image by Anna Gass.

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