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RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots come together with 5 simple ingredients. They’re sweet, delicious and perfect for any grown up party!

RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots come together with 5 simple ingredients. They're sweet, delicious and perfect for any adult party!

Do you have signature dishes that you take to pretty much any festivity? I totally do.

If someone asks for a side dish, I’m bringing my Greek pasta salad.

For dessert, it’s either my favorite chocolate chip cookies, or cheesecake.

But lately, I’ve been all about these RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots.

RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots come together with a handful of simple ingredients. You are going to love these!

My obsession with these pudding shots started back in the fall when Brittany Gibbons posted about them on either Facebook or Instagram.

Side note, if you don’t follow Brittany, you definitely should. She’s hilarious and pretty much all around amazing and hello, she’s a New York Times Best Selling Author!

Let’s not forget that she also brought these delish RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots into my life.

RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots come together with a handful of simple ingredients. A serious crowd favorite!

I first whipped them up to pass out to parents during Trick-Or-Treat, complete with mini spoons.

Yes, we live in that type of neighborhood. And let’s just say they were pretty well received.

People pass out everything from hot cocoa and wine to spiked spiced apple cider.

Some might think we’re a little extra, but we’re the ones on the block handing out pudding shots, bags of Ballreich chips and full-size candy bars.

As you can imagine, our driveway is a pretty hopping place!

RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots come together with 5 simple ingredients. Simple and delicious!

What is RumChata?

Since I started making these, people are always so curious about RumChata.

According to their site, RumChata is bottled from a made-from scratch cream liqueur recipe that uses five times distilled Caribbean rum and the freshest real dairy cream with a touch of natural cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and other secret flavors.

I mean, how could that not be delicious?

RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots are going to be your new favorite adult dessert shooter! So delish!

Ever since Halloween, I’ve made these RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots for just about every occasion. From girl’s night out to Christmas Eve, they’ve become my signature boozy dessert.

And let’s be honest here, they are so much better than any jiggly Jell-o shot that I’ve ever had.

With layers of cinnamon graham crackers, smooth RumChata infused cheesecake pudding, and creamy whipped topping, these pudding shots are going to be your new favorite dessert shooter.

RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots come together in less than ten minutes with only 5 ingredients. Simple and so delicious!

How To Make Pudding Shots

Not only are these pudding shots a delicious crowd favorite, they are so simple to make. From start to finish, you’re looking at less than 10 minutes.

You really only need a handful of ingredients: graham crackers (which are totally optional), a small box of pudding, milk, RumChata, and whipped topping.

I love the addition of the crunchy graham cracker crust. And I find that cinnamon graham crackers are particularly amazing in these RumChata Cheesecake Pudding shots, but you can definitely omit them if you want.

RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots are the perfect dessert shooter for just about any grown party. Simple and delicious!

I personally prefer cheesecake flavored pudding, because cheesecake, duh. But you can use vanilla, banana and even white chocolate pudding if it strikes your fancy.

Can you tell I’ve tested my fair share of pudding shots?

If I’m hosting a party at our house, I’ll serve these pudding shots up in mini dessert shot glasses. But for occasions like Trick-Or-Treat or girl’s night out, I typically use plastic souffle cups with lids, or plastic shot glasses, like the ones in these photos.

RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots are easy to make and even easier to eat! You're going to love these!

They’re simple to transport and I don’t have to worry about tracking down my glass dessert shot glasses from other people’s houses. You can even pick up mini plastic spoons that are perfect for spooning up all that pudding shot goodness.

Another great thing about these RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots is that they are totally adaptable.

Use different combinations of cookies, pudding flavors and liqueurs. I’m testing a strawberries and creme version right now that it freaking amazing. So stay tuned for that one.

Where will you serve your pudding shots? Tell me about it! I’m always looking for new ways to entertain.

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RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots

By: Jamie
4.49 from 169 ratings
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16
RumChata Cheesecake Pudding Shots come together with 5 simple ingredients. They’re sweet, delicious and perfect for any grown up party!


  • 6 full graham crackers crushed into crumbs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¾ cup RumChata
  • 3.4 ounce box of cheesecake flavored instant pudding
  • 8 ounce container of Cool Whip defrosted
  • additional whipped topping and graham cracker crumbs for garnish optional


  • Evenly divide the graham cracker crumbs between 16 plastic shot glasses, or souffle cups.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, Rumchata, and pudding mix. Continuing whisking for about 2 minutes.
  • Place the bowl into the refrigerator and allow it to set up for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Pipe or spoon the RumChata cheesecake pudding into each of the cups.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • When you're ready to serve them up, top them additional Cool Whip and graham cracker crumbs if desired.


  • RumChata can be find at liquor stores and even places like Target and grocery stores.
  • I prefer using whole milk or 2% milk in this recipe.
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  1. Albert Bevia says:

    I´m coming to your neighborhood next halloween! seriously though, these rumchata cheesecake pudding shots sound so amazing! I have to give this a try

    1. Jamie says:

      Ha! It’s pretty epic, Albert! I hope you love them as much as we do!

  2. cakespy says:

    I love these for so many reasons, but the ease, flavor, and adorableness are at the top of the list :-) 

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks you so much! They are too good!

  3. Deepak says:

    Wow, I love cheese cake, Thanks a lot for the recipe

  4. Monika singh says:

    Pictures are showing how exquisite this is. You explained it beautifully. I am looking forward to make this at home.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much, Monika!

  5. Kirti says:

    What a lovely pudding shots. Cheesecakes always delight me and the way you made this is adorable. Thanks for sharing the ingredients.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much!

  6. Caroline says:

    I can’t believe that anyone would make this with these artificial ingredients. It sounds delicious so why not use real ingredients. Whip cream not cool whip, make your own pudding with cream cheese, not a mix. why waste time making something that adds more un natural ingredients into our system when it could be so much more “natural” with a tiny bit more work. Just my opinion, but, from my point of view there is already too many additives in our food chain , that we can’t control, so why deliberately use packaged ingredients when you don’t need to.

    1. Jamie says:

      That is totally doable. There are organic pudding mixes and even “better for you” whipped topping mixes. You can do whatever it is that you want to do to the recipe. That’s kind of the beauty of recipes, most are totally adaptable. Have a great day.

    2. Nicole says:

      I could not agree with you more!  You have obviously read the ingredient list for cool whip with horror at the artificiality and making your own pudding could not be easier and stays “stable” much longer and better than “instant” pudding.  That being said; the combination of whipped cream, cheesecake flavor and Rumchata sounds amazing :)

  7. Natalie says:

    These pudding shots look absolutely amazing and perfect for hosting!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Natalie! Have a great day!

  8. Rosemary Rodriquenz says:

    Can you use the pre made cheese cake filling that is available in the grocery store?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hello, Rosemary! I’m honestly not sure what the consistency is for this product, so I can’t really tell you if you can use it or not.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

    2. Amy says:

      @Jamie, @Rosemary Rodriquez, I have noticed that it is difficult to find cheesecake pudding mix in a few grocery stores around here. I have only had luck with finding it at Walmart they seem to have the biggest selection of different flavors of pudding. Not sure if there are other stores that carry it but based on what’s close to me that’s what I have found.

  9. Maja Harder says:

    Nice !
    It is already good to change up your favourite dessert sometimes. These look so delicious 

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much!

  10. Elizabeth | Take On E says:

    Hello, lover! These would be fun as a brunch dessert … maybe with Cinnamon Toast Crunch crumbled at the bottom!

    1. Jamie says:

      I love this idea, Elizabeth! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    2. Amy says:

      @Elizabeth | Take On E,
      That would be a good change up. I was thinking maybe nilla wafers for something different[