Look how cute these festive Santa Hat Jell-O Shots are! So easy to make with just 5 ingredients and a fun way to celebrate the season with friends!
FUN CHRISTMAS JELL-O SHOTS
Everyone loves a fun and festive holiday treat – and these Santa Hat Jell-O Shots are just the thing! Perfect for any adult holiday gathering, these easy-to-make shots are sure to be a hit. With just a few ingredients, you can whip these up in no time. They are so cute and everyone will absolutely love them! You can even make them non-alcoholic if you prefer and/or want to be able to serve the under 21 crowd!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I used these plastic shot cups (paid affiliate link) from Amazon.
Of course! Any Jell-O shot can be made non-alcoholic by simply removing the alcohol. For this recipe, you will need to replace the cold vodka with cold water (using the same amount.)
For the part directly on top of the Jell-O Shot, I used a 1M Large Star tip. For the smaller little cotton ball on the tip of the “hat” or strawberry, I used a #16 Small Star tip . Also, I used these piping bags (all the links provided here are paid affiliate links).
If you don’t have piping bags or tips, don’t worry! You can use a Ziploc bag and cut the corner off to create your own. You can use two separate Ziploc bags for the whipped cream and pipe the larger part of the hat with a bigger hole cut out of one bag, and a second bag with a smaller hole cut for the pom pom on the end of the hat. Just push all the whipped cream towards the corner of the bag and gently push to get the whipped cream to come out.
Alternatively you a use the canned whipped cream like Reddi-Wip. It’s a little harder to control with adding the “pom pom” part of the hat on the strawberry but you can make it work even if it doesn’t look exactly the same.
I would be very careful making these ahead of time. Decorated jello shots will only last a day or two in the fridge. The whipped topping will start to melt and change texture and the strawberries can start losing their juice, making things breakdown even faster. I’d wait to decorate until just ready to serve. Undecorated, just jello shots, can be stored up to a week in advance, covered in the refrigerator though.
This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled. If doubling, you can use 1 (6-ounce) box of jello rather than 2 (3-ounce) boxes.
To increase the alcohol content of these Jell-O shots, simply add extra vodka. But, remember to reduce the amount of cold water by the same amount that you increased the vodka by. However, do not exceed 1 cup of vodka or these will not set properly.
There two potential causes for Jell-O shots failing to set properly. The first possibility is that you may not have thoroughly mixed the Jell-O and boiling water, preventing the Jell-O from completely dissolving. It is important to ensure a thorough mixing process, typically taking around 1-2 minutes. The second reason could be an excessive amount of alcohol added, which hampers the Jell-O from setting properly. I wouldn’t use more than 1 cup of alcohol per 3-ounce box of Jell-O.
You would obviously want to eat the strawberry with the whipped cream first. Then just squeeze the sides of the shot cup and the Jell-O will slide right out. Now, if you want to get fancier with it, you could set out some cocktail spoons for everyone to scoop it out with.
If you aren’t serving these right away, you need to store the Jell-O shots covered (without the strawberries or whipped cream) in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Right before serving, add the strawberries and whipped cream.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- strawberry Jell-O – you could also use cherry flavored Jell-O.
- boiling water and cold water – the combination of the two is what helps the Jell-O to set. In this case, that cold vodka helps as well.
- vodka – you need to make sure your vodka is chilled to help the Jell-O set. I used Grey Goose brand vodka. You can swap plain vodka out for strawberry vodka, whipped cream vodka or vanilla vodka. Or you can even swap the vodka out for tequila.
- whipped topping – you can use Cool Whip, homemade whipped cream, or the canned whipped topping (like Reddi-Wip). If you use Reddi-Wip, you don’t need bags or tips, just add it straight from the can.
- fresh strawberries– I wouldn’t use frozen strawberries. Whether they are thawed or not, they’ll leak juices and will bleed and discolor the whipped cream. Plus they don’t look as pretty as fresh.
HOW TO MAKE SANTA HAT JELLO SHOTS
Line up 12 (2-ounce) shot cups on a tray or a small, rimmed baking sheet. In a large measuring cup or a bowl with a spout, whisk the Jell-O with hot water until it completely dissolves. Whisk in the cold vodka and cold water.
Carefully pour the Jell-O mixture evenly into the shot cups. Place tray into the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours, or until the Jell-O is firm.
When the Jell-O has fully set and you’re ready to serve, wash the strawberries and remove the green tops. Place the strawberries on a paper towel to dry. Load whipped topping into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe a decorative swirl of cream on top of each gelatin shot.
Gently position one strawberry, cut side down, on top of each shot. Transfer the remaining whipped topping to another piping bag, this time using a small star tip. Create a small dollop on top of the strawberry to create the pompom of the “hat.”
Serve the Jell-O shots cold and enjoy!
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Santa Hat Jell-O Shots
- 3 ounce box strawberry Jell-O
- 1 cup boiling water
- ½ cup chilled vodka (I used Grey Goose)
- ½ cup cold water
- 8 ounce tub whipped topping (Cool Whip)
- 12 fresh strawberries
- Line up 12 (2-ounce) shot cups on a tray or a small, rimmed baking sheet.
- In a large measuring cup or a bowl with a spout, whisk the Jell-O with hot water until it completely dissolves.
- Whisk in the cold vodka and cold water.
- Carefully pour the Jell-O mixture evenly into the shot cups. Place tray into the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours, or until the Jell-O is firm.
- When the Jell-O has fully set and you’re ready to serve, wash the strawberries and remove the green tops. Place the strawberries on a paper towel to dry.
- Load whipped topping into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe a decorative swirl of cream on top of each gelatin shot.
- Gently position one strawberry, cut side down, on top of each shot.
- Transfer the remaining whipped topping to another piping bag, this time using a small star tip. Create a small dollop on top of the strawberry to create the pompom of the “hat.”
- Serve the Jell-O shots cold and enjoy!
- Please refer to my FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
- To make it easier for your Jell-O shots to set, chill your vodka in the refrigerator for an hour or in the freezer for 15 minutes before making the shots.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.