I’m almost bachelorette-partied out.  Almost.  The past 2 weekends I have been travelling to NYC and Boston to party with my bride-to-be friends and have one more next weekend too.  With four weddings to attend this fall, my summer has been full of pre-wedding festivities for these lovely ladies.   It’s been so so much fun, but it’s also been difficult at times to continually come up with cute desserts to bring in tow.  People aren’t expecting me to show up with inflatables or lingerie, but they know I’m good for party desserts.  Particularly boozy ones!  So when I was in the baking aisle last week and saw the instant pudding lined up next to the Jello, I had a revelation – if I can make jello with vodka, what about pudding??  Well, ladies and gentlemen, here’s the result – boozy chocolate pudding with brownie shot glasses!  Take your shot and eat your shot glass too :)

So yes, you can definitely make instant pudding with vodka, but the result is not exactly the pudding you’re used to.  Unlike with jello, the substitution of vodka for half of the milk that’s called for doesn’t result in the same consistency as if you’d used only milk.  The pudding didn’t solidify quite as I had hoped, but since the brownies served as little cups, the liquidy pudding was well contained and just as tasty.  I opted to use Cupcake’s new line of vodka and chose the Devil’s Food flavor for obvious reasons.  The flavor of vodka reminded me more of tootsie rolls than chocolate cake, but it mixed really well with the chocolate pudding and had many of the girls at the party doubting that I actually put vodka into these brownie bites.

I’ve reinvented the shot glass a few times before on the blog – including chocolate covered strawberries and lime rinds – but this version is the tastiest yet.  Brownies baked in mini muffin tins serve as the perfect one-bite shot that holds just enough pudding without being overwhelming.  You’ll have to take some time to make wells in each of the brownie bites, but putting the pudding together is a cinch and before you know it you’ll have an amazingly delicious party treat that will quickly make you the favorite party guest.  With one more bachelorette party to go this summer, I’m definitely going to have to get creative because these will be hard to beat!

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Chocolate Brownie Pudding Shots

Yield: 48 brownie bites


1 box brownie mix (or homemade recipe of your choice)
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1-1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup vodka (I used Devil's Food flavor)


- Prepare brownie batter according to package's instructions. Grease mini muffin tins with baking spray and fill wells 3/4 of the way full. You'll have to adjust the baking time for the brownies since you're baking the batter in such smaller shapes. I checked after 10 minutes and most of mine passed the cake tester/toothpick test.
- Let the brownie bites cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack.
- Use the other end of a wooden spoon or spatula to push down the centers of the brownie bites and use your clean fingers to form little wells in each of the brownie bites. Transfer brownies to a cookie sheet and set aside.
- To prepare the pudding, combine the pudding mix, milk, and vodka and whisk for 2 minutes. Transfer to the fridge to set for 2 hours, then pour into brownie wells all the way to the top. (You'll have extra pudding that you can find another use for or just scrap).
- Serve immediately or store covered in the fridge for 1-2 days.


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22 Responses to “Chocolate Brownie Pudding Shots”

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    Renee Hagloch — August 29, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    Looks Yummy! I would love for you to link this up to my Tutorial Link Party!!!


  2. #
    Sarah — August 30, 2012 @ 2:22 am

    These are fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. #
    wEI — August 30, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    These look yummy! great blog ^^ http://worldofweicrafts.blogspot.com.es/

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    Anonymous — August 30, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    I never though to put pudding shots into brownies. Great idea! Tip on the pudding part. Reduce the milk to 3/4 cup and fold in 4 oz. of Cool Whip. Sets up like a dream!

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    Ruth — August 31, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    Those look amazing. I wish I could reach through the screen and get one.

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    Ronda — August 31, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    I’m not a huge drinker, but you make me want to go out and buy flavored vodka and just keep on baking. These look like the perfect thing for a bachlorette party

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    Renee — September 2, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    yum! I”m totally thinking about doing this w/ coffee flavored alcohol! thanks

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    bianca @ sweet dreaming — September 9, 2012 @ 4:48 am

    omg best shot recipe yet!

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    zǝna zena — October 10, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    These treats look so mouth-watering! They are like egg tarts but then they’re chocolates in flavour =)

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    maria — December 21, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    how much of the extra pudding mixture did you have left over? enough to do a batch of chocolate covered strawberry shots, perhaps?

    • Erica — December 22nd, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

      Yes, I think so!! Great idea :)

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    megan — March 14, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    These look great! I would love to make for st. patty’s day, any ideas how to make more festive for the holiday?

    • Erica — March 14th, 2013 @ 2:03 am

      Maybe vanilla pudding mix and Bailey’s instead of vodka?

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    megan — March 14, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    Great idea! Thanks, Erica!!

  13. #
    Ryan — March 16, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    How did you guys keep the milk from curdling when you made the pudding? @anon when i tried folding in cool whip it got even worse :/

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    Tracy — April 18, 2013 @ 1:54 am

    Ryan, start with JUST milk, whip it and as it gets thick and gooey slowly add your alcohol. Then SLOWLY FOLD the cool whip in, over beating the cool whip will destroy it. I can’t wait to start stock piling brownie cups for our summer bash. Great idea ! And Maria mentioned strawberries, I might make the well deep enough to put a piece of berry under the pudding. Oh ya.

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    bbwgemini — June 14, 2013 @ 2:51 am

    I’m so sad, I just made these and the darn pudding wont set, its getting clumps of setting stuff but they go back after being stirred. I let pudding stay in the fridge for 4 hours and it was like water when I took it out, so I figured id try it anyway but they still wont set, almost 7 hrs later.

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    Nancy — July 24, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    What size package instant pudding?

    • Erica — July 25th, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

      I believe 3.4 oz!


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