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Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling

Makes

8 servings

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
Black Forest Cannoli Parfaits Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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

  1. Drain cherries, reserving liquid in a 1-cup measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 1/3 cup; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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