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Head-on view of a red and white layered candy cane jello shot topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes with more jello shots in the background

Candy Cane Jello Shots

Looking for a deliciously boozy holiday party treat? These Candy Cane Jello Shots are red and white layered jello squares made with vodka and peppermint schnapps!
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Course: Desserts, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Holiday Cocktails, Jello Shots, Party Desserts, Party Drinks
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 36 small jello shots
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 4 3-oz. boxes cherry Jello, divided
  • 4 0.25-oz enveloped unflavored gelatin, divided
  • 1 cup vodka, divided
  • 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup peppermint schnapps
  • 5 cups boiling water, divided
  • ½ cup cold water

Instructions

  • Lightly spray an 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix together 1 box cherry Jello, ½ an envelope of gelatin (a little over 1 tsp) and 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to completely dissolve gelatins. Stir in in ¼ cup vodka. Pour into the prepared pan and place in the refrigerator to set, about 20 minutes.
  • While jello is chilling, make white layer mixture. Pour sweetened condensed milk into a medium bowl. Into a smaller bowl, add 2 packets unflavored gelatin and pour ½ cup cold water over it. Let sit for 2 minutes and then pour in 1 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve gelatin. Pour this mixture into the bowl with the sweetened condensed milk. Stir in peppermint schnapps. Let cool to room temperature (this is to avoid colors running when you pour over red layer).
  • Pour ⅓ of white mixture (about 1 cup) over chilled red layer. Place in the refrigerator to set, about 20 minutes.
  • Mix second red layer, repeating process in step 2. Cool mixture to room temperature before pouring over chilled white layer. Place in fridge for 20 minutes. Pour ½ of the remaining white mixture (about 1 cup) over the chilled red layer. Place in fridge for 20 minutes. Mix third red layer, cool to room temperature, and pour over chilled white layer. Place in fridge for 20 minutes. Pour remaining white mixture over chilled red layer (if white mixture starts to thicken while it sits, place in microwave for about 15 seconds). Place in fridge for 20 minutes. Mix final red layer, cool to room temperature, and pour over chilled white layer.
  • Chill entire dish for an additional 4 hours or overnight before inverting dish onto a cutting board to remove jello (you may have to loosen edges first). Slice into about 36 squares. Top squares with whipped cream and crushed candy canes and/or sprinkles right before serving, if desired.

Notes

  • If you like the idea of an alcoholic jello shot, but don’t want them to be too boozy, only include vodka in two of the red layers. In the other two red layers, replace the vodka with an extra ¼ cup boiling water (to keep layers relatively even).
  • If you do want to make alcohol-free candy cane jello shots, simply add a tablespoon of peppermint extract into the white jello mixture and leave out the peppermint schnapps and vodka.
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