Easy sugar cookie pudding shots

Christmas Cookie Pudding Shots

These Christmas Cookie Pudding Shots are made with vanilla pudding, sugar cookie cream, and vodka for rich, creamy, and sweet sugar cookie pudding shots. Made with just 5 ingredients and ready to enjoy in an hour!

seven christmas cookie pudding shots on a red plate

A jello shot that doubles as dessert? Yes, please! These Christmas Cookie Pudding Shots are made with instant pudding mix instead of gelatin. They’re rich and sweet, thanks to the sugar cookie creamer and pudding, plus super creamy and light. It’s like eating boozy pudding but better!

These holiday pudding shots are easier to make than even the easiest of jello shots, as there’s no need to mess with boiling water. Just combine the ingredients, transfer to the jello shot cups, and chill.

The best part? These sugar cookie pudding shots need to chill for just an hour before serving! They can still be made a day in advance but if you’re not a planner, these are perfect for whipping up quickly.

ingredients to make christmas cookie pudding shots

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Recipe Ingredients

These holiday pudding shots take just a few simple ingredients to make.

  • Vanilla pudding – Be sure to use instant vanilla pudding, NOT the cook and serve kind.
  • Sugar cookie creamer – This festive flavor should be easily available around the holidays. We like the Delight creamer brand. This is what really adds the sweet sugar cookie flavor to the jello shots.
  • Vodka – We just used regular vodka but you could use vanilla vodka or even marshmallow vodka for additional flavor.
  • Milk – Whole milk is ideal.
  • Cool whip – Gives the Christmas pudding shots the light and fluffy texture.
  • Sprinkles – I like to add some fun Christmas sprinkles just before serving.
  • Plastic shot cups – If you use 2 oz cups, you’ll be able to make 16 pudding shots from this recipe.

What Alcohol is Best for Christmas Pudding Shots?

We used plain vodka in these sugar cookie shots as we wanted something that wouldn’t overpower the vanilla flavor. You could also use vanilla vodka or marshmallow vodka for more flavor.

If you’re not a fan of vodka, you could easily substitute white rum.

Whatever alcohol you use, opt for a decent bottle. It doesn’t have to be top-shelf liquor but you’ll taste the difference if you use cheap liquor.

pouring cookie creamer into a measuring cup

These Christmas pudding shots are SO EASY to make – we’re talking 5 minutes of prep and just an hour of chill time.

  • Prepare the plastic cups. For ease, I like to arrange the plastic cups on a shallow baking tray before starting.
  • Combine the ingredients. Whisk together the pudding mix and milk, then add in the sugar cookie creamer, vodka, and cool whip. Whisk again until well combined.
  • Chill. Divide the mixture among the cups with a spoon then chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
  • Enjoy. Top with the whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles just before serving, if desired.

Tips for Making Pudding Shots

One reason I love this sugar cookie pudding shot recipe is that it’s so simple and straightforward to make. It’s almost impossible to mess up. But here are a few tips, if this is your first time making pudding shots:

  • Use chilled ingredients. For best results, start with cold milk and chilled vodka. It helps ensure these pudding shots are ready to enjoy sooner rather than later.
  • Skip the skim milk. While 2% milk is fine, I do not recommend skim milk as it can reduce the thickness of the pudding shots.
  • Why are my pudding shots runny? The most common reason for runny pudding shots is using too much high-proof liquor. Since we’re using vodka and not a liqueur (like Kahlua in chocolate pudding shots), you want to be sure that you don’t add too much. As noted above, skim milk can also be attributed to runny pudding shots.
easy sugar cookie pudding shots presented on a red plate

Do Pudding Shots Go in the Fridge or Freezer?

Either/or! If you’ll be serving them immediately, store them in the fridge. Or if they’ll be setting out on a table for a bit, keep them in the freezer so they stay chilled. This is usually what I do for parties where people will be grabbing them throughout the night.

Note that whether you put them in the fridge or freezer, they do need to remain chilled as they’ll melt at room temperature. Even if they’re frozen, do not leave them out for more than 30 minutes unless they’re in a cooler or over ice.

How Long Will These Holiday Pudding Shots Last?

Christmas cookie jello shots are best enjoyed within 24 hours if kept in the refrigerator. If you keep them in the freezer, they can be stored for up to 3 months. Note that you should not add the whipped cream topping or sprinkles until just before serving as the whipped cream will not last that long.

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Easy sugar cookie pudding shots

Christmas Cookie Pudding Shots

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These Christmas Cookie Pudding Shots are made with vanilla pudding, sugar cookie cream, and vodka for rich, creamy, and sweet sugar cookie pudding shots. Made with just 5 ingredients and ready to enjoy in an hour!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 pudding shots 1x


  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • ½ cup sugar cookie creamer
  • ½ cup vodka
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 ounces cool whip
  • Optional: Whipped cream for topping
  • Christmas sprinkles for topping
  • 16 (2 oz.) plastic shot cups


    1. Place your 2 ounce plastic shot cups onto a shallow baking tray.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk. Add sugar cookie creamer, vodka, and cool whip, and whisk again to combine.
    3. Divide evenly between your jello shot cups, and move to the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.
    4. Before serving, top with whipped cream optional and Christmas sprinkles.
  • Author: Easy Party Cocktails
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Additional Time: 1 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Category: Pudding Shots
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 91
  • Sugar: 5
  • Sodium: 57
  • Fat: 4
  • Saturated Fat: 2
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 9
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 4

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