Butterscotch Jello Shots

Butterscotch Jello Shots

January 6, 2012



I know. I KNOW. Why is Sues writing a post about jello shots? How old is this girl, anyway? Clearly she can’t let go of her college days. Now we see the truth behind all that Cocktail Friday business. She probably sits on her couch and drinks herself silly every day of the week. But no… I swear it’s not like that. Seriously. I’m just here to keep you up to date on all the latest trends and things that are hip in the food world. And Ladies and Gentleman, jello shots are it.

Of course, not the jello shots you remember from your college days. Oh no. These are the more grown up kind. Not the “let’s do jello shots to get drunk” jello shots. But let’s treat jello shots like culinary masterpieces and enjoy them like we would any dessert slash after-dinner drink. And my sister and Adam ended up having quite a few jello shot delicacies at their New Year’s Eve party. In addition to my jello shots, they made a cosmopolitan jello shot. And even a chocolate peanut butter jello shot. Sounds odd, but was actually amazing tasting. And beautiful at that.

Believe it or not, there is actually a whole book on grown-up jello shots called Jelly Shot Test Kitchen. And I got this recipe from their blog… a recipe that was actually inspired from Harry Potter. Seriously. They’re were originally Butterbeer Jelly Shots and I’m pretty sure they taste actually like what you would imagine Butterbeer to taste like… If, you know, Harry Potter and gang had the opportunity to have jello shots. And guess what? This isn’t the only Harry Potter-inspired jello shot this gal has come up with. I  changed up the recipe a bit and came to the conclusion that if you enjoy butterscotch, you will enjoy these.


It’s simple, simple to make these. Seriously, just as simple as making jello shots in those little plastic cups. But way classier.

Start by putting the cream soda in a medium-sized saucepan and sprinkling the gelatin over the top. Let it sit for about 2 minutes, to soften.


The mixture will look a bit funky!


Heat the mixture over low heat, making sure to keep stirring, until all the gelatin is dissolved (4-6 minutes). And it will start to look normal again. And now you can stir in the vanilla vodka and butterscotch schnapps. You can change up the proportions if you like. If you want a bit of a stronger jello shot, add more vanilla vodka. If you prefer sweeter, add more butterscotch schnapps.


Pour the mixture into a heat-resistant 9×5 loaf pan… Though I do believe you could use a square pan or anything, really.


And refrigerate for about 3 hours, until the jello is fully set.


Cut the jello into cubes… Or how ever you want to cut them. I found my rounded loaf pan made for some oddly shaped squares, so next time I would probably use one with straighter edges.

Of course, you’ll want to decorate your butterscotch jello shots. But just know that the sprinkles will dissolve into the jello VERY quickly. So, you should decorate them until right before you’re going to serve them.


But for at least a few minutes, they’ll look super fun and New Year-sy.


And honestly, delicious. But unlike the jello shots from back in the day, you don’t gulp it down hoping not to taste any of the liquor. You enjoy it like you would any cocktail or dessert that you normally indulge in. How’s that for a Cocktail Friday?

If you’re interested in jumping in on this jello shot craze and trying some classier versions, definitely check out the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen Blog. And their Jelly Shot Test Kitchen book is getting rave reviews. Personally, I’m just waiting for summer, so I can make these adorable little delights.

Would you try making an adult version of jello shots? Or will they always just be too college for you?


Butterscotch Jello Shots
Let's celebrate! These Butterscotch Jello Shots will remind you of Harry Potter's Butterbeer... And with some sprinkles on top they're the perfect jello shot for any party or celebration!
Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: about 24 jello shots
  • 1 cup cream soda
  • 2 envelopes plain gelatin
  • ½ cup vanilla vodka
  • ¾ cup butterscotch schnapps
  • Sprinkles or other decorations, if desired
  1. Put cream soda in a medium-sized saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over the top. Let it sit for about 2 minutes, to soften.
  2. Heat mixture over low heat, making sure to keep stirring, until all the gelatin is dissolved (4-6 minutes).
  3. Stir in vanilla vodka and butterscotch schnapps, altering the proportions if you'd like (if you want a bit of a stronger jello shot, add more vanilla vodka. If you prefer sweeter, add more butterscotch schnapps).
  4. Pour the mixture into a heat-resistant 9x5 loaf pan (or similar size pan) and refrigerate for about 3 hours, until the jello is fully set.
  5. Cut the jello into cubes and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve. If planning to decorate with sprinkles, add to jello shots immediately before serving.


15 Responses to "Butterscotch Jello Shots"

  1. You know, as much as I was surprised by it, I’ve also been hearing tons of buzz about jello shots. I think the Gallows served them on NYE too. In any case, these looks legitimately tasty and you make a great point that they should be enjoyed like any post-dinner snack. Not tossed down your throat one after another. Like I never did 10-15 years ago… 😉

  2. sara says:

    So pretty! These are beautiful and look really delicious…who knew jello shots could be so classy?! 🙂

  3. Sarah says:

    Those jello shots are beautiful! I love the idea of letting them set up in a square pan for square-shaped shots — lovely.

  4. so funny – i just found this whole blog about jello!

  5. Megan says:

    Well, just based on appearance alone, these look a thousand times better than the Jell-O shots we used to have in college. Ha ha. I love how you fancied them up with sparkles.

  6. I love jello shots because I can’t let go of my glory days, but I’d totally experiment with the adult kind too!

  7. Kerstin says:

    Sooo festive!! I love them 🙂

  8. To Kiss the Cook says:

    Butterbeer Jello shots? In.

  9. Im thankful for the blog.Really thank you!

  10. Mike says:

    I can burn water, but these butterscotch shots (done in the traditional cups turned out perfect!

  11. V.Green says:

    I would def try these jello shots. I try not to put an age limit on things that I love. Yes, I am an adult but I still like cartoons on Saturday mornings with my bowl of fav cereal, on occasion I will color (with little nephew). as long as my adult responsibilities are taken care of….I don’t see a problem with indulging things from your youth…..Why Not?

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  14. Michel says:

    Have been trying to come up with a fancy Reese’s PB Cup dessert. Can use variation of this recipe for the fancy, see-through layer of gelatin on top of a Reese’s themed Charlotte cake. : )

    Envision: clear, shiny, caramel-y gel with layer of reese’s cups visible through it (like flowers in ice cubes)….and chocolate cake sides, with pb whipped filling and goodies inside…..

  15. amused hard! says:

    i dont drink ..but i JUST had to tell you that i laughed RIGHT out loud at you blog title/name

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