Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots are a fun party cocktail. This delicious mix of strawberry jello, vanilla pudding, strawberry pie filling, vodka and Baileys liqueur is quite the crowd pleaser.
These Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots are not like basic strawberry jello shots! These are made with jello and pudding, making a great tasting jello shot like you’ve never made before.
Think of them as part dessert and part cocktail. Which, makes them a great option for fun jello shots when you’re celebrating a special occasion.
I like to serve these jello pudding shots during the spring and summer as well as for fun occasions such as Valentine’s Day or birthdays.
Speaking of festive jello shots, you may want to peak at all our jello shot recipes for more ideas.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s the perfect adult treat for celebrating.
- Three liquors!
- Creamy pudding layer tastes amazing with the strawberry jello layer.
What is the Best Vodka for Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots?
Flavored vodka is the way to go! We’re using two different vodka flavors to create that delicious strawberry shortcake flavor.
Our first choice is Pinnacle Strawberry Shortcake Vodka. I love making vodka jello shots with a matching flavored liquor. It’s the perfect way to infuse the right flavor into our concoction. You can substitute this with Pinnacle Whipped Vodka or Cake Vodka, because we do have plenty of strawberry flavors going into the recipe. Both of these will give the added sweetness we want.
We’re also using Strawberry Vodka. You can opt for plain vodka, but again I think the best jello shots use the matching vodka flavor.
More Favorite Jello Shots
- 2 oz Plastic Cups
- Baking Sheet / Cookie Sheet
- Large Bowl
- Measuring Cup
- Medium Saucepan
We’re making two mixtures and then combining them for the overall strawberry shortcake jello shot.
- For the creamy pudding mixture you’ll mix: instant vanilla pudding, milk, strawberry shortcake vodka and Bailey’s Strawberry and Cream liqueur. Sounds amazing already, right?
- For the jello mixture, you’ll need strawberry jello, strawberry vodka and then add in canned strawberry pie filling.
- To top it all off, you’ll add a dollop of cool whip and a fresh strawberries.
How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots
This really is an easy recipe. Just follow these simple steps:
STEP 1: Place 24 shot cups onto a cookie sheet(s). This is to catch any spillage as well as make it easy to move the jello shot cups in and out of the refrigerator.
STEP 2: Using a large bowl, whisk the instant pudding mix, milk, Baileys and strawberry shortcake vodka until thick and smooth.
STEP 3: Fill the plastic shot glasses up half way with the pudding mixture and place them in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
STEP 4: Bring water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan.
STEP 5: Add the jello packet to the boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Set aside for 5 minutes to let it cool down.
STEP 6: Add strawberry pie mix and strawberry vodka to the jello and stir well.
STEP 7: Pour the mixture on top of the pudding layer, filling up the top half of the jello shot plastic cups.
STEP 8: Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours minimum or until fully setup.
STEP 9: Just before serving, top with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry slice for a gorgeous and festive presentation.
Variations / Substitutions
The main variations you can make to these strawberry shortcake jello shots is to switch up the vodka flavors.
- Substitute Strawberry Shortcake Vodka with Whipped Cream Vodka or Cake Vodka. Even Vanilla Vodka would work because of its sweet flavor.
- Substitute Strawberry Vodka with regular vodka. Since we are using a lot of strawberry flavor ingredients, I think you could use a plain vodka. Make sure it’s a quality vodka that doesn’t have a harsh bite.
One other easy variation is to swap out vanilla pudding with cheesecake pudding. Both taste fantastic.
How to Store
Keep these strawberry shortcake jello shots in the refrigerator without garnishes for up to 3 days. Place the plastic shot glass lids on top if you need to store them for a few days or travel with them.
Add garnishes just before serving.
Jello Shot Tips
- Chill all your liquors and liqueur ahead of time. This will help mixtures set up quicker.
- 2 ounce plastic shot cups are best because they don’t take as long to chill, but you can make these as a larger jello shot by using 3 ounce shot glasses.
- Make sure your jello mixture is no longer boiling when you pour in the vodka to keep alcohol from evaporating.
Take your classic party cocktail up a notch with these sweet, layered Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots!
- 2 boxes 3 oz Vanilla Instant Pudding
- 3 cups Whole Milk
- 1⁄4 cup Baileys Strawberry and Cream liqueur
- 1⁄4 cup Strawberry Shortcake Vodka (alternatives: Vanilla Vodka, Whipped Cream Vodka or Cake Vodka)
- 1 box 3 oz Strawberry Jello
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup Strawberry Pie Filling
- 1⁄2 cup Strawberry vodka
- Whipped Cream, garnish
- Strawberry Slices, garnish
- Place 16 shot cups onto a cookie sheet.
- Using a large bowl, whisk the vanilla instant pudding mix, milk, Baileys Strawberries and Cream Liqueur and strawberry shortcake vodka until thick and smooth.
- Fill the plastic shot glasses up half way with the pudding mixture and place them in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Bring water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan.
- Add the jello packet to the boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Set aside for 5 minutes to let it cool down.
- Add strawberry pie mix and strawberry vodka to the jello and stir well.
- Pour the mixture on top of the pudding layer, filling up the top half of the jello shot plastic cups.
- Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours minimum or until fully setup.
- Just before serving, top with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry slice.
See recipe post for tips and variations.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.