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Red Velvet Pudding Shots

I swear I’m not a lush.

Once I find something that is a hit at every party, I try every variation I can think of.  Here’s the latest incarnation of the pudding shot.

Red Velvet.

I was getting ready for our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.  Pudding shots were a must.  I had pistachio and I had cookies & cream already mixed and poured.  Ready to roll.  I wanted something festive and all I had was vanilla pudding.  I grabbed this lovely bottle instead of the usual whipped cream vodka.

1 1/4 cups of Devil’s Food Cake flavored vodka

3/4 cup of whole milk

a packet of instant vanilla pudding mix

a lot of red food coloring

a tub of cool whip

Mix it all up!

Pour into squeezable shot cups.

Top with whipped cream & garnish!

Poof! Holiday cheer in a cup!

Pumpkin Spice Pudding Shots

Okay.  I know that I posted about pudding shots before (see that recipe here).  This recipe is tweaked just a little bit, and they taste ridiculously good, so I’m posting about them…again 😀

It’s definitely autumn in Connecticut.  The leaves are beginning to change color, the air is crisp, and football is what consumes my Sundays (GO NY GIANTS!).  Pumpkin is the official fall flavor.  It seems like every brand has a pumpkin version of its original.  Pudding is clearly no exception.

My friend Lindsey was having a get together on Saturday and called for reinforcements (AKA me).  She’s been dying to try my pudding shot recipe since I first posted it.  I told her to pick up milk, whipped cream vodka, cool whip, canned whipped cream, garnishes and whatever flavor pudding she wanted to try. She bought pistachio, cookies & cream, and pumpkin spice.

She’s not normally camera-shy.  But when I whipped out the camera & started snapping shots of the food, she knew it was blog material.  I told her I wanted her to make a FSL cameo, but this is all she gave me.

She’s like one of the girls from The Price Is Right making the box of pudding look glamorous 😉

I digress…

We made the cookies & cream first and followed the original recipe.

These weren’t topped with whipped cream or crushed oreos yet because we made them the night before.

Next, we made the pistachio.  We also decided that this was the point where we “tested” a few out just to be sure that they were good 😉  We thought that they were a bit too strong.  Yikes!  At this point we decided to cut the recipe for the next batch.  This is what we did:

1 cup whole milk

1 packet pumpkin spice pudding mix

1 regular sized tub of cool whip

1 cup whipped cream vodka

a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

Put all of these ingredients into a big bowl.

Mix Mix Mix

Pour the mix into squeezable shot glasses, garnish with a squirt of whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon!

I triple dog dare you to try to have just one of these.  I’m not kidding.  Instant party in your mouth. Like, for real.

What’s your favorite pumpkin flavored fall dessert?

Icebox Cake Trifle

There are lots of different versions of icebox cake.  Where I’m from, there is only one kind 😉  It is usually served in a 9×13 glass dish, and it is definitely one of my family’s comfort foods. I put a little bit of a spin on the presentation, but I kept the recipe (for the most part) traditional. 

This recipe is easy to prepare and could easily be tweaked to be a low-sugar, low-fat or fat-free recipe.

You’ll need:

1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix

1 box of instant vanilla pudding mix

2 ripe bananas

about 1/3 of a box of graham crackers



First, line the bottom of the trifle dish with graham crackers.

Then prepare both pudding mixes (in separate bowls).

Slice up the banana and place the slices on the graham crackers.

Add in your first layer of pudding (it doesn’t matter which flavor you start with).  Trifles are great because they look beautiful.  If you plop the pudding in and it smears all over the sides of the dish, it won’t be so pretty.  It will look like you carelessly dumped a bunch of things into a bowl and called it dessert.  (This recipe is actually that easy, but if it’s not presentable, everyone else will know that too 😉  ).  Put the pudding in the center of the dish and spread to the sides.  If you do end up getting it on the sides, just wipe it off with a paper towel.


Now you alternate layering graham cracker, banana, chocolate pudding, graham cracker, banana, vanilla pudding. 


Easy peasy.   Traditionally, you sprinkle crushed graham cracker crumbs on top as a garnish.  This is great if you are going to serve it immediately.  I made mine the day before I was going to serve it, and graham crackers can get soggy…ew.  I could have just garnished it right before our guests arrived, but I wanted this thing D-O-N-E.  So I just used what I had lying around.

This was actually really nice.  It tasted like a very crunchy graham cracker and never got soggy. 

What is your family’s comfort food dessert?

Pudding Shots!

 I’ve been wanting to do this post for months and thought I lost the photos I took during the last computer melt down.  (Happy to report our computer is up and running!!) Well, it turned out that I have them stored on my memory card!  YAY!

Without further delay, I give you the best party recipe known to man…

Hello class,  today we will be learning how to make pudding shots.

Start by gathering your ingredients.  This recipe will make about 30 shots.  You will need :

1 1/2 cups of whipped cream vodka

1/2 cup milk

1 packet of pudding mix

1 tub of cool whip

canned whipped cream for garnish

any other garnishes you might want

SQUEEZABLE paper shot cups

***If you are making pistachio, only use 1 1/4 cup vodka and add 1/4 cup of Amaretto  (garnish with whipped cream & crushed pistachio nuts) **


Make room in your fridge for the tray. Set up the cups on a baking sheet or tray.  Be sure to do this first or the pudding will set up in the big bowl and you’ll make a huge mess.  Trust me, I’ve done that.

Mix the milk, pudding packet, and vodka together in a bowl. Make sure it’s nice and smooth.Then, add in the cool whip.  Stir until blended well.

Pour into cups using a tablespoon, or if you’re me, a wonton spoon.  This part can get kind of messy.

 Fill each cup almost to the top.

Lick the bowl and spoon thoroughly.  This step is very important 😉 .  Up until this point I was only making pistachio pudding shots (they were the only flavor pudding shot that I ever tried).  After I lapped up every drop from the bowl, I found myself in the supermarket buying more cool whip to make more.  I had a genius moment of tipsiness and reached for the oreo and coconut pudding mixes.   Variety is the spice of life! 

Pop into the fridge.  They should be ready fairly quickly (like 25 minutes or so) but you can keep them in the fridge for a day if you need to.

Right before serving, top each cup with a squirt of whipped cream and your garnish of choice.

I used  Oreo pudding and garnished them with crushed oreos. This was the first flavor to get gobbled up.  They were amazing.

And I made the pistachio which I forgot to photograph (bad blogger!).

I also made coconut cream topped with toasted coconut,  which were my favorite.