The holidays are over and we are supposed to be healthy, and skinny, and cranky (because we are hungry). Instead I am posting a recipe for pudding shots. Pudding SHOTS. Yes, I am serious, and yes, they are delicious. I found a picture of them on Pinterest (follow me!) and it was one of those annoying rabbit-hole links that doesn’t directly link to the recipe. I persevered though, and finally found a recipe I liked the looks of and then subbed whipped cream for the cool whip (because, ew).
You get instagram-ed photos though, because I didn’t expect them to be such a sensation when I made them. No, seriously, I brought the chocolate-peppermint shots to my family Christmas party and the grandma-aged women there were literally elbowing each other out of the way to slurp these down. So, that was the first batch, and then I promised my best friend I’d make her a batch, so the pumpkin cheesecake ones happened next. The basic recipe is SO simple and very easily customizable.
1 small package instant pudding (any flavor, store brand or Jello works)
3/4 cup milk (skim to full fat, doesn’t matter)
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup liquor *see note
8 oz whipping cream/heavy cream
1. Using kitchenaid or handheld mixer, whip cream and until stiff peaks form. Set aside for a minute.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk pudding and milk together. It will be kind of dry, but just get it combined.
3. Add vodka and liquor of choice, whisk again.
4. Once pudding, milk, and alcohol is combined, mix in whipped cream (reserve a few tablespoons for topping shots if you’d like).
5. Portion shots into paper cups. (*see note) Top with whipped cream. Place in freezer until ready to serve.
(An hour or two is enough, but I left them in the freezer for a few days with the pumpkin batch and pulled them out 30 minutes before we ate them and they were great.)
Alcohol note: I think as long as you end up 3/4 cup alcohol total, they will set fine, regardless if you use all of one liquor and no vodka or any combination of alcohols. Try rum, brandy, etc.
Paper Cup Note: I used 1.25 ounce red & green mini nut cups (yes, they were really called that) from the holiday section at Walmart and the recipe perfectly made 24 cups. You can find them online here, or just use dixie cups or plastic condiment cups from a food supply store.
Chocolate Peppermint: chocolate pudding, 1/4 cup vodka, 1/2 cup peppermint schnapps
Pumpkin Cheesecake: cheesecake pudding, 1/4 cup vodka, 1/2 cup pumpkin spice cream liquer
Chocolate Hazelnut: chocolate pudding, 1/4 cup vodka, 1/2 cup Frangelico
Butterscotch: butterscotch pudding, 1/4 cup vodka (or rum), 1/2 butterscotch schnapps
White Russian: vanilla pudding, 1/4 cup vodka, 1/2 cup Kahlua
Irish Coffee: vanilla pudding, 1/4 cup whiskey (or vodka), 1/2 cup Bailey’s
Mint Oreo: Oreo pudding, 1/4 cup vodka, 1/2 cup Mint Bailey’s