Cannoli Cheesecake

Active time: 20 min. Total time: 7 hours, 15 min., including 2 hours cooling and 4 hours chilling
Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: 1 slice) 

Our Cannoli Cheesecake has that classic cannoli flavor you love, but with a creamier, more palatable texture. It’s super smooth, and easier to make than full-on cream cheese-based cheesecake. The secret to the unbeatable texture is adding a dish of water to the oven—the steam helps set the cheesecake without overcooking it. Garnish with whipped cream for a little extra pizzazz, or dust with powdered sugar right before serving to play up the cannoli factor. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 4 1/2 oz.)
  • 5 tablespoons (2 1/2 oz.) salted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1(32-oz.) container whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in middle position and bottom position. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar in a bowl until mixture resembles wet sand. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake in preheated oven until crust is golden and set, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. (Do not turn off oven.)

Step 2

Process ricotta, cream cheese, eggs, flour, lemon juice, vanilla, salt, and remaining 1 cup granulated sugar in a food processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour mixture into prepared crust.

Step 3

Fill a 13- x 9-inch baking dish halfway with water. Place baking dish with water on bottom oven rack; place cheesecake on middle rack centered above the baking dish. Bake at 350°F until filling edges begin to puff and turn golden and center is just set, 55 minutes to 1 hour, 5 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool completely in pan on a wire rack, about 2 hours. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; chill at least 4 hours or up to overnight (or 8 hours).

Step 4

Slice cheesecake into 8 slices. If desired, dust each serving with powdered sugar.

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