Part cocktail and part dessert, this layered strawberry shortcake jello shots recipe looks beautiful, is easy to make and tastes delicious. The only problem with them is how fast they disappear.
Lately, I’ve been making a lot of layered jello shots, like these Pina Colada jello shots and this purple hooter jello shot recipe. Using layers is an easy way to mix flavors and combine colors which results in a great tasting jello shot that matches your party decor.
Layered Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots Recipe
This red and white layered strawberry shortcake jello shots recipe is my newest creation.
They are faster to make than most layered jello shot recipes because they use instant pudding for one of the layers which only takes a few minutes to set.
What You Need
To make these layered strawberry shortcake jello shots you’ll need Strawberry jello, Vanilla instant pudding mix (you can also use the heat & serve pudding mix but it will take a little longer), milk, UV Cake vodka and Strawberry pucker.
I added some whipped cream and strawberries as garnishes, but these are optional. The jello shots taste really good all on their own if you can’t be bothered with the extra work.
How To Put Layered Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots Together
Lay Out The Jello Cups
First you will need to lay out your jello shot cups. I always put them on a cookie sheet to make transporting them to the fridge easier. It also helps to catch any drips.
For layered jello shots, taller jello shot cups* are better than wider ones. The extra height makes it easier to create layers without over-filling.
Also, they should be at least 2 ounces in size. The 1-ounce shot glasses are too small to make good layers.
The “Cake” Layer
The first layer is the Vanilla pudding combined with the UV Cake vodka. I use less milk than the recipe on the box calls for so that the pudding sets a little stiffer.
You can’t put too much alcohol in this layer or it won’t set at all…which makes for very messy jello shots!
The Strawberry Layer
The second layer is strawberry jello combined with Apple Pucker.
Make sure that it has cooled 15 or 20 minutes before putting it on top of the pudding layer or you’ll end up with a pudding-jello mix rather than layers.
Also, the pudding layer is pretty soft so you can’t just pour the jello in from the bowl. Doing that will create a big hole in the pudding layer. Use a gravy ladle or cupcake scoop to spoon the jello onto the top of the pudding.
Then cool for at least 4 hours. They can stay in the refrigerator for a day or two so making them ahead of time is definitely an option. However, don’t leave them long enough for the milk in the pudding to go bad 🙂
If you want to use garnishes, add them just before serving.
I like to use some whipped cream with half of a strawberry on top.
Since the pudding is a little softer than regular jello, serving them with a mini tasting spoon* makes them a little easier to eat.
They taste so good, you could even serve them as dessert!
Finally, you can make them into a jello shot for your Christmas party by using whole strawberries on end to make a santa hat.
Layered Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots
These layered strawberry shortcake jello shots are part cocktail and part dessert. They are easy to make and taste great. The only problem with them is how fast they disappear!
- 2 3-ounce packages Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix You can also use Cook & Serve pudding
- 3 cups milk
- 1/2 cup UV Cake Vodka
- 1 3-ounce package Strawberry Jello
- 1 cup hot water
- 3/4 cup Strawberry Pucker
- 1/4 cup cold water
- whipping cream optional
- 16 strawberries optional
- 32 2-ounce jello shot cups and lids
- 1 cookie sheet optional
- 2 mixing bowls
- 1 measuring cup
- 1 whisk
- 1 kettle or pot for boiling water
Set out the jello shot cups on the cookie sheet.
Make the Pudding
Pour the vanilla pudding mix to the mixing bowl.
Add the milk and UV Cake Vodka to the vanilla pudding mix in the bowl. Stir it constantly for 2 minutes using the whisk.
Pour the jello into the jello shot cups so they are about half full.
Make the Jello
Bring some water to a boil.
Pour the strawberry jello crystals into a mixing bowl.
Add 1 cup of the boiling water to the strawberry jello and mix well.
Add the Strawberry Pucker and cold water to the jello mix and stir again. Note: You can add more or less alcohol depending on how strong you want the jello shot to be. Just make sure that the total amount of liquid added comes to 1 cup (if you add 1 cup of Strawberry Pucker then no water is required).
Wait at least 15 minutes for the jello to cool to room temperature.
Spoon the jello mixture on to the pudding in the jello shot cups. Be careful not to pour it in too fast or you will make a hole in the pudding layer.
Chill for at least 4 hours. If required, the jello shots can stay in the refrigerator for a day or two before serving.
(Optional) Just before serving, add the whipped cream and half a strawberry to the top of each jello shot.
Taller jello shot cups work better than wider ones for layered jello shots.
Placing the jello shot cups on a cookie sheet makes it easier to transport them to the refrigerator.
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