Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gingerbread Men Jello Shots

I've wanted to make gingerbread men jello shots for a long time now, but every time I looked up a recipe online it required three different types of booze (expensive!) and instructions to melt molasses and peel and boil real ginger.

Way too much work.

But ... you are going to love me, I found a solution to our gingerbread problems.

This little packet of flavoring is meant for frosting, but it works just as well in a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, water, gelatin and vodka.

It also has the perfect brown gingerbread coloring your shots will need. I found it in the canned frosting and cake isle at my grocery store (you can buy it online here too).

I layered the jello with cherries in the middle (just like I did with these, and these) so that you can pick up your little guys with ease.

The cherries also look kind of cute too, like a button or the gingerbread mans heart.

Of course I couldn't eat these, because I'm preggers. (Ba-humbug!) But hubby did and he said they were tasty and strong.

Cheers to the start of the Christmas season! xoxo

Gingerbread Men Jello Shots

Mini gingerbread men cookie cutter (I bought mine at Michaels, it's this Wilton set)
2 cups vodka (vanilla, whipped, or cake flavored!)
2 cups Water
6 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1 packet Frosting Creations mix, gingerbread flavor (Seasonal limited edition, they are with the canned frosting at most grocery stores or buy here)
4 envelops of Knox gelatin
15-20 maraschino cherries with stems, halved
30-40 mini nonpareils white sprinkles (these round ones)

(For a kid friendly, non-alcoholic version just use cold water instead of vodka)

Step 1 - Boil 1 cup of water with 3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. When condensed milk and water are combined  add half of your gingerbread Frosting Creations mix and stir. (Taste with a spoon to make sure it's sweet enough. If it's not add a few tablespoons of sugar and boil again until combined.)

Step 2 - Turn off the heat and let your mixture cool completely.  When mixture is cool sprinkle 2 envelopes of Knox gelatin powder on top. Let sit for for 1-2 minutes, letting it activate. Turn on the heat again and stir with a whisk until combined.

Step 3 - Add 1 cup cold vodka (Flavored vodkas like, vanilla, whipped, or cake is delicious)

Step 4 - Spray the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan with non stick baking spray. Pour mixture into pan. Place in refrigerator until firm (1-2 hours).

Step 5 -
Cut 15-20 Maraschino cherries (with stems) in half  and place them on your gingerbread jello. Make sure to space out enough room for your gingerbread cookie cutter (see photo 2).

Step 6 - Repeat steps 1-3

Step 7 - Pour your second batch of gingerbread and vodka jello on top of your hardened batch. Make sure your cherries are still spaced out and upright. Place back in the fridge until hardened. (1-2 hours)

Step 8 - When hardened, using your mini gingerbread cookie cutter slowly push down and cut out each jello shot. Wiggle the cookie cutter around to make sure the edges are separated and lift out using a mini spatula or fork. 

Final Step (optional) Place eyes on your gingerbread men. I used mini nonpareils white sprinkles (these round ones).

Happy Holidays!


  1. Yes please! These look incredible. Totally using this recipe.

  2. WHAT! So smart and adorable! I want them now along with some real cookies lol

  3. This is a home run. I cannot wait for an occasion to make these.

  4. Why does the bottle layer look so much darker than the top layer? I love your recipes and make them often! Thanks.

    1. I was actually going to include that in the post and I forgot! When making the first layer I wasn't sure if the color would be right so I added some cocoa powder to darken it, I realized I didn't need it though. The flavor mix packet added the perfect color. The cocoa powder made it too brown. :)

  5. This is your best jell-o shot creation yet! So cute, love the little eyes :)

  6. These look fantastic!

  7. What store did you find the mix at? I'm looking everywhere! These would be perfect for a party I'm attending on the 8th.

    1. Hi Melissa! I got the mix at Safeway. They are kind of tucked in a shelf with the canned frosting. But did you see that you can order them online? I have the link above.

    2. I've looked at Super Target, Food Lion, Bi-Lo, and Harris Teeter. The link you provided does not seem to have the Gingerbread flavor.

    3. Do they have the Frosting Creation mix's but just not the Christmas flavors at the stores? This is crazy but I found this

      I can't believe they want $6 bucks for it since it's really only 1 dollar!

      Sorry you aren't able to find it as easily as I was :(

  8. I've found you can also re-melt jello shots, so melt the leftovers after cutting out the gingerbread men and repeat! Will have to go to smaller dishes to make them the same depth, but this way there's less waste!

  9. Hi Michelle,

    What's the point of making a second batch and pouring it over the top of the first? Is that just to make the shots thicker? I guess my question is-- is it necessary?


  10. The first layer is so you can place the cherry (cut in half right in the middle) on top. Then you pour the second layer so it hardens over the cherry. If you doing want to put a cherry in the center you don't need two layers :)

  11. I've found the gingerbread flavoring this week at a local supermarket here in the Pittsburgh area (Shop n' Save) and also at WalMart.

  12. I couldn't find the gingerbread flavor anywhere (though I know I've seen it before) so I used cherry vanilla and they were delicious! Only difficulty was picking them up by the stem - a number of times the two layers pulled apart. Maybe don't let the first layer set quite so long, or just put down the cherries first and only pour one layer? Nevertheless, awesome recipe!

  13. Bahahahaha! I just realized you have a whole Header Tab dedicated to Jello shots.
    And these ones sound amazing. I'm still ordering the Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks until they pry the empty drink syrup bottle from my hands, haha. Yum.


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