Friday, July 9, 2021

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots

Strawberry cheesecake pudding shots are the perfect boozy treat for any occasion. Creamy & delicious, they come together fast and will leave you reaching for more!

The combination of cheesecake, strawberries, and alcohol compliment each other beautifully. If you are hosting a holiday celebration or hanging out by the pool, these shots are a must.

In the mood for more delicious recipes? You are sure to go wild for these Red, White and Blue Layered Shots. They are perfect for patriotic parties and look gorgeous.

Don’t forget to try out my Gummy Bear Jello Shots to add a kick of fun at your next celebration. Or, if you are looking for a classy cocktail, serve this Summer Berry Sangria.

pudding shots strawberry cheesecake on a cuttingboard

How To Make Pudding Shots

While they don't take a lot of time or effort to make, you will need to let them set up. They will need to be refrigerated for 2-4 hours to set completely.

Other than waiting to devour them, everything else is incredibly easy. Don’t forget to top them with a little bit of whipped cream and a fresh slice of strawberry to finish the look.

  • Boil water and dissolve jello.
  • Combine milk and cheesecake pudding in a separate bowl.
  • Whisk in some of the vodka into the pudding, mix well, and chill in the fridge.
  • Add the rest of the vodka to the cooled jello.
  • Fill shot glasses half way with the jello and chill until set.
  • Top shot glasses with cheesecake pudding.
  • Garnish with a swirl of whipped cream and strawberries. 

Pudding Shots adding the milk to the pudding mix

Cheesecake Pudding Shots - Tips and Tricks

  • Hosting a party? No problem, make a larger batch and store them in the fridge until you are ready to serve. They can be made up to 24 hours in advance.

  • Garnish when serving. Don’t add the whipped cream until right before serving or it will dissolve. Instead, have a station where you can add garnishes.

  • Mix in some fruit! To add some fun flavor and texture, feel free to add some chopped strawberries, pineapple chunks, or other berries to the jello layer.

  • Use plastic disposable cups. If you are on the go and heading out to a party with shots in hand, use disposable cups with lids. Adding a lid makes them easy to stack and less likely to make a mess.

Pudding Shots adding the vodka

What You’ll Need For These Cheesecake Pudding Shots

  • Saucepan - I love this pan and it’s a breeze to clean up.

  • Shot Glasses - These shot glasses are the perfect size! They are 3 ounces, but you can also use 2-ounces shot cups if you want smaller portions.

  • Mixing Bowl - This set of bowls is fantastic and has a variety of sizes. 

pouring the jello over the strawberry

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Do pudding shots go bad?

Yes! They need to be kept air tight and refrigerated when you aren’t serving them.

They will last up to 1 week as long as they are sealed tightly.

When serving them, if they are going to sit out longer than 2 hours, put them on ice, so they don’t spoil.

Can I make this recipe kid-friendly?

Leave out the strawberry vodka. No need to replace it with anything else, it will taste great without the alcohol and will be a great family-friendly treat.

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots


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Pudding Shots  on a wood board

Yield: 24 shots
Author: Donna Elick
Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots

Strawberry cheesecake pudding shots are the perfect boozy treat for any occasion. Creamy & delicious, they come together fast and will leave you reaching for more!
Prep time: 20 Min Cook Time 20 Minutes Total time: 1 Hour


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (3 ounce) box Jello Strawberry Gelatin
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box Jello Cheesecake Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup Smirnoff strawberry vodka, divided
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • 6 strawberries, sliced (for garnish)


  1. In a small pot over high heat, bring the water to a boil, and add the strawberry jello. Stir until the Jello is dissolved, and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cheesecake Jello and milk. Whisk the mixture until the pudding begins to thicken. When the pudding is smooth and thick, stir in 1/3 cup vodka (reserve the rest), and mix again until smooth. Place the bowl in the refrigerator, and allow to cool.
  3. When the strawberry jello is cooled to room temperature, add remaining 1/3 cup of the vodka, and stir until well mixed. Place the small shot glasses on a cookie sheet, until full. Fill the small shot glasses half full with the Jello mixture, and place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator. Allow to cool until the Jello is set.
  4. When Jello is set, fill the shot glasses with the cheesecake pudding. When ready to serve, top with whipped Cream, and a slice of fresh strawberry. 
  5. Serve, and Enjoy!


  1. You can use regular vodka if you can not find the strawberry flavored vodka.
  2. For fun you can add some crushed graham crackers to the top of the whipped cream and serve immediately.

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shots close up

Originally published July 2021

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1 comment:

  1. what oz solo cups are you using with this receipe?


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