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Cinnamon Vanilla RumChata Pudding Shots (Alcoholic Pudding Shots)

These dreamy RumChata pudding shots are luscious little cups of cinnamon-y, vanilla-y alcohol-infused pudding that will be the star of your next cookout or tailgate! My go-to frozen vanilla pudding shot recipe…

rumchata pudding shots made with 5 ingredients

RumChata Pudding Shots

I’ve gotta hand it to you guys — y’all surprised me! Back in June when I shared my original recipe for chocolate puddings shots, I made a bold statement that summer 2019 was going to be the summer of the pudding shot. AND IT WAS!!!

But what I didn’t predict was that you guys would continue making this boozy pudding treat for your tailgate shindigs right on into fall. Seriously, THOUSANDS of you have been hitting up my site each week — just for these pudding shots.

Forget the boring old jello shots… This boozy dessert pudding recipe is tops. Am I right?!

Since I was already planning to make them for the Luke Bryan Farm Tour concert (good reason, huh?) this Saturday, I figured now would be a good time to create a new classic flavor of pudding shot to complement the chocolate version.

So I present to you these amazing RumChata pudding shots! If you’re a fan of dreamy RumChata liqueur, with its mixture of rum, dairy cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar, you are going to ADORE these creamy cinnamon vanilla pudding shots.

So do you want to learn how to make these RumChata shots??? Of course you do! Because pudding shots with rum is where it’s at… And you can’t beat a good 5-ingredient recipe.


rumchata vanilla pudding shots mixture in a bowl with a spoon

Vanilla Pudding Shots with RumChata Ingredients

Yep, FIVE — count ’em: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 — ingredients are all you need to make these yummy Jell-O pudding shots with RumChata. There are a lot of other fancier RumChata pudding shot recipes out there, but you know me — I like to keep my drink recipes simple (but still delicious)!

So head to your local grocery store (preferably one that has a state liquor agency inside) and pick up the following ingredients:

NOTE: If you’re not a fan of the cinnamon-forward rum flavor taste of RumChata, you can substitute an equal amount of Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur.

frozen rumchata best pudding shots stacked up in condiment cups with lids

Best Shot Glasses for RumChata Vanilla Pudding Shots

Oh, and you’ll also want to grab some of these little condiment/pudding shot cups! These disposable shot cups are a way more convenient way to serve up this boozy dessert than dirtying up a boatload of glass or plastic shot glasses.

Most grocery stores carry these small cups with the paper plates and plastic utensils, but they’re actually MUCH cheaper on Amazon. So if you know you’re going to be making pudding shots soon, save yourself some cash and order these cups ahead of time online.

And while you’re at it, I highly recommend ordering one of these medium cookie scoops, if you don’t already own one. I’ll tell you why in just a minute…

how to make rumchata pudding shots with alcohol in condiment cups

How To Make Pudding Shots With RumChata

This RumChata pudding shot recipe is seriously SO easy to make. After you’ve made them once, you won’t even need the printed recipe! Although you might want to take a copy (or five) with you to the party, ’cause you’re definitely going to be asked how to make these party-perfect RumChata shots (AKA everyone’s new favorite cocktails)…

Anyhow, it’s simply one cup RumChata liqueur, one cup Pinnacle vanilla vodka, and a cup of cold milk mixed with two 3.9-oz. packages of instant vanilla pudding mix, all whisked up in a large bowl. Fold in a 16-oz. container of Cool Whip non-dairy whipped cream and voila!

And here’s where that medium cookie scoop I mentioned comes in. It’s ideal for transferring the RumChata pudding shots mixture into the condiment cup “shot glasses”. One big scoop, plus a little extra dab on top, should be enough to the fill the cup while still leaving a little room for expansion when they freeze. TRUST ME — this task will go so much faster with the right tool.

Close up the pudding shots with the lids and pop them in the freezer. Wait — can you freeze pudding shots? YES!! Because these are pudding shots with alcohol (and a LOT of it, LOL), they’ll retain their creamy consistency and never freeze completely solid. AND they’ll always be ready to go when you are.

hand holding vanilla pudding shots with pudding shots with rum in background

How To Serve RumChata Vanilla Pudding Shots

When it comes to serving pudding shots, I actually prefer this creamy cocktail straight from the freezer. But you can also just store them in the fridge or let them thaw a little before serving — totally up to you! And the best thing is, if you’re planning to take them on the go, you can just throw them straight from the freezer into a cooler filled with ice and they’ll be good for the day.

Oh, and if you’re wondering: how long do frozen pudding shots last? Pudding shots with alcohol can be stored for about 2 months in the freezer and about 5-7 days in the fridge. But I can assure you they’re NOT going to be around that long!


RumChata Vanilla Pudding Shots

RumChata Vanilla Pudding Shots

Yield: 50 pudding shots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These dreamy RumChata pudding shots are luscious little cups of cinnamon-y, vanilla-y alcohol-infused pudding that will be the star of your next cookout or tailgate! My go-to frozen vanilla pudding shot recipe...



  1. Using an electric mixer, whisk together the vanilla instant pudding mix, cup of cold milk, and RumChata in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. Stir the vodka into the pudding mixture.
  3. Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined.
  4. Divide mixture into 2-oz. plastic cups with lids using a medium cookie scoop, leaving some room for expansion.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.


NOTE: If you prefer a less cinnamon-forward flavor, you can substitute an equal amount of Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur for the RumChata.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 50 Serving Size: 1 pudding shot
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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More Pudding Shot Recipes?

What other pudding shots would you like to see? Right now I also have a great recipe for chocolate pudding shots, white Russian pudding shots, and pumpkin pudding shots, plus a pudding birthday cake shot for the next time your birthday rolls around.

But tell me what other flavors do you think would make the BEST pudding shot recipes? Because clearly you guys are into them and want more, more, MORE! I only want to provide you with the very best recipes, so let me know in the comments.

P.S. This scrumptious vanilla pudding shot recipe would totally make the most fun Christmas pudding shots for the holiday season when sprinkled with some of those little red, green & white nonpareil sprinkles!! Or maybe I should start working on some eggnog pudding shots… Thoughts?

I’d love to see how your RumChata pudding shots turn out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check them out. Enjoy!


Sunday 21st of January 2024

Can't wait to make these! When serving for a party, how would you serve them? Leave them in the fridge and just have guests grab from there? Or how long can they keep well at room temperature?

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 22nd of January 2024

Either works - just depends on if you prefer them more frozen or not. If you want to keep them out, putting them in a large bowl of ice works well!


Sunday 31st of December 2023

I highly recommend skipping the cookie scoop and opting for a pancake dispenser instead!! Made things so much easier!!!

Tara Kuczykowski

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Great idea - thanks for sharing!


Sunday 4th of June 2023

I want to make some with orange vanilla captian Morgan rum what kind of cream liqueur would you recommend with it? I was going to use vanilla pudding chocolate maybe an orange

Tara Kuczykowski

Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Hi Brigitte! I think it depends on if you want to highlight the orange or the vanilla flavor with it. Soda Jerk makes an orange cream liqueur, or you could go with vanilla Bailey's. Either way, this sounds like a delicious combo!

Lisa Hansen

Wednesday 10th of May 2023

I saw you or a viewer mention peanut butter whiskey for another variation to try but never saw a recipe for it. Did you try this ever? Would love to know the recipe if you did! Thanks!

Diane Buntin

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Can I use this as a topping on a spiced pear cake?

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 21st of November 2022

Sure, I'd say so! The texture is still very Cool Whip-like before it's frozen.

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