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These Vanilla Pudding Shots are an easy recipe to make for a crowd. This recipe uses vodka, but there are suggestions for customizing the recipe to use any type of alcohol you like.
Pudding shots are alcoholic shots made with flavored pudding mix. They are served in shot glasses and can be eaten with a spoon.
Or, they can be made with different pudding flavors, like these Pistachio Pudding Shots.
These Vanilla Pudding Shots are made with vodka, but you can easily replace the vodka for any type of alcohol you like.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy to Make — It takes just 5 minutes of active work to make these shots, and after they have set in the fridge for 30 minutes they are ready to go.
- Customizable — You can substitute any type of alcohol to make these pudding shots. They work really well with flavored vodka, RumChata or Baileys for example.
- Great for a Party — Pudding shots are great for serving to friends at a party as they are sweet and generally enjoyed by everyone.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Vanilla Pudding: You will need one box of instant vanilla pudding powder. French Vanilla pudding powder will also taste delicious as pudding shots.
- Vodka: Regular vodka works perfectly well with these pudding shots but if you can find it, use either whipped cream vodka, birthday cake vodka or vanilla vodka instead. You can also replace the vodka with any type of alcohol in a 1 to 1 ratio. Some alternatives include RumChata, Baileys, or white rum.
- Milk: Any type of milk will work, but use whole milk for the creamiest pudding shots.
- Cool Whip: You can use regular or low fat Cool Whip. Cool Whip makes these shots light and fluffy.
How To Make Vanilla Pudding Shots
Step 1: Mix the vanilla pudding powder, vodka and milk together.
Step 2: Fold in the Cool Whip and stir until smooth.
Step 3: Divide the mixture into your serving containers and let the pudding shots set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
These Vanilla Pudding Shots can be made up to 3 to 4 days in advance. Store the shots covered in the fridge until you are ready to serve them.
If the pudding shots have been sitting in the fridge for a while, the alcohol can sink to the bottom, making the bottom of the pudding shot more concentrated.
Before serving, gently stir the pudding shots. Then add any optional toppings and serve immediately.
- Use less milk for thicker shots. If you want the pudding to be on the thicker side, reduce the amount of milk that you use. Use at least ½ cup of milk though to prevent them from being too thick.
- Serve them in condiment containers. If you are making a large batch of pudding shots, it may be easier to serve them in disposable condiment containers rather than glass shot glasses.
- Add some garnish. Top these pudding shots off with some sweet garnish, such as whipped cream (try this espresso whipped cream), some sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.
- Baileys — Replace some or all of the vodka with Baileys Original, or with a flavored Baileys, such as Salted Caramel Baileys or Tiramisu Baileys.
- RumChata — If you are a fan of RumChata, it tastes really good with vanilla pudding. You can also try making these Chocolate RumChata Pudding Shots.
- White Russian — For White Russian Pudding Shots, use ½ cup vodka, ¼ cup Irish Cream Liqueur, and ¼ cup Kahlua.
- Rum — If you want to make rum pudding shots, you can use white rum instead of vodka.
If the pudding shots are too liquid, it may be that you added too much alcohol or milk. You can add in a bit more Cool Whip to thicken them up and try putting them in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Even if they are runny, they will still taste delicious!
Depending on the size of your shot glasses, this recipe will make between 10 to 16 pudding shots.