Gingerbread Fireball Jello Shots

These gingerbread man jello shots are deliciously spiced with gingerbread syrup, the warm cinnamon flavor of Fireball, and the irresistible creaminess of Baileys!

Gingerbread men are the most iconic Christmas cookies, and when transformed into an easy jello shot recipe they become super fun and festive boozy desserts for your holiday party!

Fireball jello shots with gingerbread cookies and whipped cream.

Your guests are going to fall in love with these sweet Fireball whisky and Irish cream jello shots, the gingerbread flavor makes them the perfect grown-up Christmas treat.

You can serve them as classic jello shots in plastic cups (or small glasses) or as gingerbread jello jigglers with a simple recipe tweak that I’ll show you below.

Ingredient notes

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these deliciously spicy and creamy gingerbread jello shots.

Also check out the possible replacements below in case you don’t have something available.

Gathered ingredients for gingerbread Fireball and Baileys jello shots.
  • Fireball cinnamon whisky, 1/4 cup
  • Baileys Irish cream, 3/4 cup
  • Milk, 3/4 cup (or milk + condensed milk)
  • Gingerbread flavored simple syrup or latte syrup, 1/4 cup
  • Unflavored gelatin, 1 envelope (or 2, see below)

Topping options: Add your choice of real whipped cream or cool whip and cinnamon powder. Make them even more festive looking with Christmas red, white and green sprinkles!

Sweeter jello with condensed milk: Substitute 2-3 tablespoons of the milk for condensed milk to make the gelatin sweeter. Or even more if you like. Mind you, the recipe is already plenty sweet with the Fireball, Baileys and gingerbread syrup!

Clear gelatin: The easiest to find is Knox gelatin. But most unflavored gelatin powder (and leaf/sheet) brands offer individual envelopes or pouches that will set 2 cups of liquid (it will say so in the package), so you can use any.

If you have bulk gelatin powder, like grass-fed beef gelatin, use one tablespoon of powder in place of one envelope.

Finger jello shots: To make Christmas jello shots that can be sliced and eaten by hand, you’ll need to add twice the amount of unflavored gelatin powder in the recipe (so 2 envelopes instead of 1).

Doubling the gelatin makes a firmer jello that can be cleanly cut in squares with a sharp knife. You can also use a gingerbread cookie cutter to make gingerbread man jello shots!

Gingerbread Fireball jello shot in plastic cup topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Ingredient substitutions

Homemade syrup recipe: If you don’t have gingerbread simple syrup (or gingerbread coffee/latte syrup), you can use this easy recipe for gingerbread syrup instead.

Fireball alternatives: Fireball whisky is a sweet cinnamon liqueur that gives these Christmas jello shots a comforting warmth and spicy taste! But you can also use:

  • Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire Cinnamon Whiskey – This is delicious and even spicier than Fireball. It’s also fairly sweet but has a stronger kick.
  • Jim Beam Kentucky Fire – This bourbon based cinnamon liqueur tastes smoother than the others. If you don’t enjoy the heat in spicy drinks, this is the one to choose!

Irish cream liqueur: The one I always use is Baileys, not because it’s the best (there are better ones, if you can possibly believe that!) but it’s the one I usually have at home.

You can use any Irish cream you can get your hands on! Other good brands include Carolans, Emmets, Ryan’s and St Brendan’s (these last two are the best value!)

Gingerbread man Christmas shots with Baileys and Fireball.

How to make

Before starting, decide if you’d like to make serve these Christmas jello shots out of shot cups or if you’d prefer to cut them in slices (or with a gingerbread cookie cutter) and serve them as alcoholic jigglers. Fun, right?

For serving out of plastic shot cups, use one envelope of Knox gelatin. If serving as cut-out finger jello, use 2 envelopes. Let’s do this!

  1. In a small bowl, mix the gelatin powder and gingerbread syrup. Let it stand for about 5 minutes for the gelatin to absorb the syrup and hydrate.
  2. Meanwhile, add milk to a saucepan and bring it to a simmer. You can also heat it up in the microwave. It needs to be really hot to fully dissolve the gelatin.
  3. Remove the milk from heat and immediately stir in the bloomed gelatin. Mix until it’s fully melted.
  4. Add the Fireball whisky and Irish cream, and mix to combine.

The jello shots are ready to be chilled now! Proceed according to your preferred manner of serving:

Shot cups: Divide the jello shot mixture into 10 2-ounce plastic jello shot glasses and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

Sliced: Line a 8×8-inch baking dish or loaf pan with plastic wrap leaving at least one inch overlap around the rim. Pour in the jello shot mix and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When the gelatin is fully set, remove from the pan by lifting it out of the pan by the edges of the plastic wrap. Place it on a cutting board and cut it into bite-sized squares, or use a gingerbread man cookie cutter (or any Christmas-themed cutter!)

Before serving, add a dollop of cool whip or pipe some whipped cream (it can be canned) and sprinkle a little cinnamon powder.

You can also add some holiday themed sprinkles like the mini gingerbread cookie people I used (aren’t they super cute?) or red and green jimmies or nonpareils.

Gingerbread man Fireball jello shot with cool whip.

Recipe variations

Non-alcoholic: Unfortunately it’s not possible to make an alcohol-free version of this recipe as the main ingredients are Baileys and Fireball.

But I have an easy layered jello recipe that’s kid-friendly and also makes a delicious Christmas treat: check out these Gingerbread Man Jello Jigglers.

Gelatin-free (vegetarian): Use unflavored agar powder instead of gelatin, just follow the instructions for dissolving and setting times in the package.

Dairy-free, lactose-free: Use almond milk or your favorite dairy-free milk, and replace the regular Irish cream for Baileys Almande, which is a 100% dairy-free Irish cream liqueur.

A plastic jello shot cup with gingerbread jello with sprinkles in hand.

Storage

Although these jello shots will keep refrigerated for up to one week, they are best served fresh within 3 days of preparing as they contain milk.

The shots needs to stay covered or they can absorb smell and taste from the other items in your fridge. After the jello has set, put the lids back on the cups.

If you made them in a mold to slice afterwards, keep it covered with plastic film.

Do not put the gingerbread cookie jello shots in the freezer, as they can develop ice crystals which will ruin the silky gelatin texture.

FAQ and tips

Where to get jello shot cups

You can find shot cups in restaurant and party supply stores, just ask for dressing containers or condiment cups. The most common size used for jello shots is the 2 ounces one.

Plastic shot cups are affordable and practical as they come with lids, so you can make these Fireball shots and piled them up for transport in ice boxes to Christmas parties!

Reusable cups instead of plastic

If you prefer you can also use small glass containers and offer small spoons. I like to reuse those small glass yogurt or flan jars, for example.

How to take a jello shot

  • The fun way: This works best for jello shots in plastic cups. Use a finger to loosen the jello shot from the edge of the cup, tip the cup into your mouth and slurp it! You can squish the sides of the plastic cup to help, too.
  • The fancy way: Shots served out of glass cups don’t unstick from the cup as easily. They can be served with small spoons to be eaten as a boozy dessert. Or with toothpicks, in which case just run it around the edge of the cup to loosen the jello.

Chew and swirl the jello shot around your mouth before swallowing! As the gelatin melts you’ll fully enjoy the delicious creamy ginger and cinnamon flavor!


Gingerbread Fireball Christmas jello shots.
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Gingerbread Cookie Jello Shots

All the delicious spicy flavor of gingerbread cookies in jello shot form: These Fireball jello shots are a super fun and festive boozy dessert for your holiday party!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Chill Time3 hours
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 shots
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Pris Frank

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (or double for jigglers, see notes below)
  • ¼ cup gingerbread syrup
  • ¾ cup milk see notes below for more options
  • ¼ cup Fireball whisky or any cinnamon liqueur
  • ¾ cup Baileys Irish cream or any Irish cream liqueur

Toppings

  • whipped topping, thawed or whipped cream
  • cinnamon powder

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix the gelatin powder and gingerbread syrup. Let it stand for about 5 minutes for the gelatin to absorb the syrup and hydrate.
  • Meanwhile, add milk to a saucepan and bring it to a simmer. You can also heat it up in the microwave. It needs to be really hot to fully dissolve the gelatin.
  • Remove the milk from heat and immediately stir in the bloomed gelatin. Mix until it’s fully melted.
  • Add the Fireball cinnamon whisky and Irish cream, and mix to combine.
  • Divide into 10 2-ounce jello shot cups and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
  • Before serving, add a dollop of cool whip or pipe some whipping cream (it can be canned) and sprinkle a little cinnamon powder.

Notes

Finger jello: Use double the amount of gelatin (2 envelopes) to transform these jello shots into boozy jello jigglers. Instead of pouring into plastic cups, line a 8×8-inch baking dish or loaf pan with plastic wrap leaving at least one inch overlap around the rim. Pour in jello shot mix and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
When jello is fully set, lift it out of the pan by the edges of the plastic wrap. Place it on a cutting board and cut it into bite-sized squares, or use a gingerbread man cookie cutter (or any Christmas-themed cutter!)
Homemade gingerbread syrup: If you don’t have gingerbread flavored coffee syrup, you can use this easy recipe for gingerbread syrup instead.
Gelatin-free (vegetarian): Use unflavored agar powder instead of gelatin, just follow the instructions for dissolving and setting times in the package.
Dairy-free, lactose-free: Use almond milk or your favorite dairy-free milk, and replace the regular Irish cream for Baileys Almande, which is a 100% dairy-free Irish cream liqueur.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.02mg

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