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Strawberry Cannoli Parfaits

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 15


  • 1 lb hulled and sliced strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons or orange liqueur amaretto liqueur
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped, optional unsalted pistachios
  • 24 crushed amaretti cookies
  • optional miniature semisweet chocolate chips


In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries and amaretto. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

In a large bowl, whip the cream with the confectioner’s sugar until soft peaks form (tips curl). In a medium bowl, stir half of the whipped cream into the ricotta to lighten it. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream and cinnamon. Fold the pistachios into cream mixture.

Place a layer of crushed amaretti cookies in each of 4 parfait glasses. Top each with a layer of strawberry slices and then cannoli cream. Repeat layering. If desired, top with miniature chocolate chips.

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