Key Lime Pie Pudding Shots

These Key Lime Pie Pudding Shots are absolutely delicious and go down smooth. With only four ingredients going in to the glass, these easy to make pudding shots are fun for any party!

Pudding shots in shot glasses with whip cream

This post is brought to you by Voortman Bakery. As always, the opinions are my own.

What exactly are pudding shots? Pudding shots are the cousin to the jello shot. By adding alcohol to pudding, you get a creamy treat that fans of the jello shot can also enjoy. Which of these treats are better? Well I’ll leave that up to you to decide. Personally, I enjoy the smooth texture of the pudding shots a bit more. 

But let’s say you want a little less party in your party pudding. If you want to enjoy these key lime pudding shots with all members of your family, all you need to do is swap all of the alcohol in the recipe with milk. Yes, it’s that easy! 

Pudding shots with whip cream and cookies

To bring even more flavor to this Pudding Shots Recipe, we added our favorite cookies from our friends at Voortman Bakery. We have been enjoying their cookies for over a year!

You all LOVE the Dessert Charcuterie Boards like the S’mores Dip Dessert Charcuterie Board, Fruit Board with Healthy Fruit Dip, Pumpkin Dip recipe and board and Cookie and Chocolate Board that we paired with wine. 

And for the holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day, these fun to make Mini Key Lime Pies. No Bake Cheesecake have a patriotic twist, and we can’t forget Christmas with Hot Chocolate Bar and Cookies for Santa

All of the Voortman Bakery products are made with no artificial colors or flavors AND no high-fructose corn syrup. 

Ingredients to make pudding shots

Putting together these pudding shots is quick and easy. You can make them any flavor you like, we like Key Lime for a fresh spring flavor. Chocolate pudding shots are also very popular. 

Pudding Shots

Full printable recipe and instructions are below


  • Instant Pudding – any flavor is fine, for this recipe we used white chocolate cheesecake to give them a bit of a creamy flavor
  • Milk 
  • Key Lime Rum – you can also leave out the alcohol for a kid friendly pudding shot, you will need to increase the milk
  • Whipped Topping – frozen whipped topping is best for stabilizing the pudding. You can also try fresh whipped cream, although I did not test this recipe with it.
  • Food Coloring, optional but fun
  • Cookies – Key Lime Wafers and Coconut Cookies from Voortman Bakery – some for the “crust” in the glass and some for garnish. 

Kitchen Essentials Needed 

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Measuring Cup
  • Shot Glasses – or small glasses, 4 oz mason jars work well too
  • Food Processor or resealable bag and rolling pin – to crush the cookies
  • Disposable Decorator Bag to easily fill shot glasses – this is optional, but much easier than using a spoon
  • Disposable Decorator Bag fitted with a #1M Star Tip for adding garnish – again, optional but fun

Mixing pudding shots in gray bowl

How to Make Pudding Shots

Full printable recipe and instructions are below

  1. Crush the cookies into small pieces and add to the glasses. The amount will depend on how large your glasses are. I added about 1 teaspoon to each glass. 
  2. Then using a small spoon or skewer, gently tap down the cookies until they are firm in the bottom of the glass. 
  3. Add pudding mix, milk and alcohol to bowl and whisk until smooth
  4. Then fold in the whipped topping, until pudding is smooth. 

Mixing pudding shots in large bowl

Now you can add the food coloring, if you like. Then into the glasses, and into the freezer. 

Pudding Shots for St. Patrick's Day

Key Lime Pudding Shots- Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if the pudding shots don’t set? 

Putting them in the freezer and adding the whipped topping is key for this recipe. We did test them without using whipped topping and in the refrigerator, and they did not set. 

What should I do if the pudding mix calls for more/less milk?

No need to worry about the instructions on the box. 

How do I store these shots?

There are plenty of plastic shot glasses that come with lids to seal them. You can find these fairly easily in the party favor aisle of most stores.

How strong are these shots?

Rum and Vodka  are both 80-proof liquors, but since they’re mixed with other goodies you’ll end up with a drink that is approximately 30-proof. This is relatively mild by alcohol standards.

Pudding shots with cookies and whip cream on top

These key lime pudding shots are a magical treat that you can bring with you to any party on this Saint Patrick’s Day. Or any holiday really. After all, why limit yourself? Fun should be a year long thing!

Now you can certainly enjoy these pudding shots on their own, or you can take them to a whole new level by adding in another treat to dip.

What would you add? How about some of Voortman Bakery Key Lime Wafers?! These cookies can be dipped in your pudding shots for an extra bit of fun and flavor.

Pudding Shots with key lime flavor

Pudding shots with whip cream and cookies

Key Lime Pie Pudding Shots

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Make these Pudding Shots with or without alcohol


  • 1 box (3.4 oz) white cheesecake or vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup lime rum or vodka
  • 1 container (8 oz) whipped topping, thawed and cold
  • 1 package Voortman Bakery Coconut Cookies
  • 1 package Voortman Bakery Key Lime Wafers
  • Green food coloring, optional


  1. Crush about 15 coconut cookies in a food processor or resealable bag, set aside
  2. Add pudding mix to large bowl
  3. Add milk and alcohol
  4. Whisk until smooth and slightly thickened
  5. Fold in whipped topping
  6. Add food coloring if you like
  7. Place in freezer about 1 hour to set slightly, this is optional, but will help so the pudding mixture doesn't soak into the cookies
  8. Add about 1 teaspoon (depending on size of glass) of cookie crumbs to bottom of shot glass and tap down to create a crust
  9. Remove pudding mixture from freezer and add to glasses
  10. Place in freezer 3-4 hours or overnight
  11. Remove just before serving and add whipped topping to the top, crush coconut cookies and a key lime wafer for garnish


For non-alcohol pudding shots, increase milk to 1 3/4 cups and follow instructions

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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