Who loves pumpkin season? These fall whipped cream vodka jello shots are an easy and fun treat that hits all the right fall vibes.
You can make them up earlier in the day and have them ready to go when the sun goes down.
They look adorable and will be a popular treat at your next party.
❤️ Why We Love This Recipe
Flavor is the name of the game for this boozy bite recipe. You’ve got the rich flavor of pumpkin, the sweet taste of butterscotch, and the fun notes of whipped cream, all in one shot.
This simple recipe for whipped cream vodka jello shots takes minimal prep. The only thing you have to watch is to have enough chill time after you make them up for the jello to set.
By using small single-serve plastic cups, there’s no mess to clean up afterward. Or if you want to be more fancy and have a bunch of shot glasses, you can use those to hold the pudding jello mixture too.
- Pumpkin puree. Canned or fresh pumpkin puree works great. This adds a really tasty pumpkin flavor and a bit of texture to the jello shots.
- Liquor. What would a jello shot be without the liquor? This recipe has three awesome flavors: the creamy spice of rumchata, the sweet of butterscotch schnapps, and the star of the show, whipped cream vodka.
- Unflavored gelatin. This may not be glamorous, but it is necessary to help the jello shots set.
- You will also need jello cups.
See recipe card for quantities and full directions.
Step 1: Arrange plastic jello shot cups on a cookie sheet or in a shallow baking pan, and set aside.
Step 2: Pour 1 ½ cups of cold water into a medium saucepan and then sprinkle the top with the plain gelatin.
Step 3: Whisk until the gelatin dissolves.
Step 4: Slowly heat the mixture over medium heat until it begins to steam.
Step 5: Add in the pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice to the hot water. Stir until the mixture is heated throughout and all the sugar has dissolved.
Step 6: Remove from the heat and stir in the butterscotch schnapps, whipped cream vodka, and Rumchata.
Step 7: Pour the warm mixture into the plastic cups and loosely cover with plastic wrap.
Step 8: Place the tray with the cups into the refrigerator and chill for at least four hours or until set.
Spiced Rum Pumpkin Shots. If you’re looking for a different flavor than vodka, replace it with spiced rum. This adds an extra bit of zip to the shots.
Boozy Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters. Fill the shots only halfway full. Once they are chilled and set, fill the rest of the plastic shot cup with ready-to-eat cheesecake filling and return to the fridge for another 30 minutes. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.
Pumpkin Pie Pudding Shots. In the fall, jello often releases a special pumpkin pie jello mix.
Mix this jello pudding powder and milk or heavy cream in a medium mixing bowl instead of the gelatin and water on the stovetop. Add the alcohol, and pour in the jello cups to set.
Garnish with a graham cracker to give the crust-like flavor. Can't find the pumpkin pie jello mix? Make them with vanilla pudding like we did in these pumpkin pudding shots.
In most cases, the shots are not setting because the alcohol content is too high. You can try mixing in Cool Whip to help them get to the desired consistency.
It’s a good idea to only make as many as you think will be consumed right away. But if you have leftovers, they can last in the fridge up to a week.
Unlike basic jello shots, for this version (or a similar pudding version) it's better to use a mini spoon to scoop out the mixture from the plastic shot cups.
💭 Top Tips
Don’t put the whipped cream on in advance. The whipped cream will need to be added right before you serve, otherwise it will go flat in the refrigerator.
For summer parties, you can freeze these shots. The chilled pumpkin is surprisingly refreshing on a summer day.
Feel free to try different flavored vodka. Cinnamon vodka, birthday cake vodka, vanilla vodka, and more will change the flavor slightly. Experiment to see which different flavor you like best.
More Fall Recipes
Pumpkin Whipped Cream Vodka Jello Shots
- 1 envelope of knox unflavored gelatin
- 1 ½ cups cold water divided
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ cup butterscotch schnapps
- ¼ cup whipped cream vodka
- ¼ cup rumchata
- 12 2 oz. plastic cups
- Whipped cream for topping
- 12 mellowcreme pumpkin candies
- Arrange plastic jello shot cups on a cookie sheet or in a shallow baking pan, and set aside.
- Pour 1 ½ cups of cold water into a medium saucepan and then sprinkle the top with the plain gelatin.
- Whisk until the gelatin dissolves.
- Slowly heat the mixture over medium heat until it begins to steam.
- Add in the pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice to the hot water. Stir until the mixture is heated throughout and all the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the butterscotch schnapps, whipped cream vodka, and rumchata.
- Pour the warm mixture into the plastic cups and loosely cover with plastic wrap.
- Place the tray with the cups into the refrigerator and chill for at least four hours or until set.
- When it is time to serve, garnish each shot with a little whipped cream and a pumpkin mellowcreme candy or candy corn.