Shot glass desserts are my new obsession.
I mean, this is my second shot glass-contained dessert in under two weeks. They’re just so cute, and easy to make and delicious, and perfectly portioned and I can’t get enough of them. Oh, and did I mention they are NO BAKE?
It’s a trifecta of perfect layers on a soft, walnut based crust. Creamy and sweet, refreshingly lemony, light and fluffy…
Honestly, I don’t really consider myself to be a huge fan of lemon desserts (except this lemon curd). I don’t make them often (because hello, chocolate), but also because Zach won’t even touch anything with lemon in it, and I like to use him as my taste-tester.
However, my aunt brought this dessert to a dinner at my grandmother’s in a 13×9 pan and… I probably ate a good 12×8 portion of it.
No self-control whatsoever, I’m telling you…
She shared the recipe with me and I am so excited to share my slightly altered shot glass rendition of this easy, no bake dessert with you. I followed the recipe pretty closely and used Cool Whip, but you can always substitute my homemade whipped cream instead!
In the original recipe, the crust is baked in a 13×9 pan.
That’s… not exactly possible when you’re serving the dessert in plastic shot glasses, so I modified the crust into an easy, no bake version (guys, it almost tastes like cookie dough).
So I think it’s fair for me to say you need these in your life right now. Light, refreshing and no bake, they are the perfect spring/summertime dessert.
Lemon Lush Dessert Shooters
- ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar packed
- 4 Tablespoon butter melted
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 8 oz cool whip thawed (divided)
- 2 boxes instant lemon pudding 3.4 oz each
- 3 cups milk
- 2 Tablespoons additional chopped nuts for garnish optional
- Set out 24 2 oz shot glasses*
- In food processor combine all ingredients for crust (walnuts, flour, brown sugar and melted butter)
- Pulse until well combined.
- Press about 1 tsp into the bottom of each shot glass.
- In stand mixer, beat cream cheese.
- Slowly add confectioners sugar, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
- Add 1 cup Cool Whip, mixing until all ingredients are well combined
- Transfer filling to quart-sized ziploc bag and cut a 1" hole in the corner of the bag.
- Evenly distribute filling among shot glasses, piping on top of crust
- In large bowl, combine instant pudding mix and milk, whisking for about 3 minutes (until mixture thickens).
- Pour pudding mix into gallon-sized ziploc bag and cut 1" hole in the corner of the bag.
- Evenly distribute pudding among shot glass, piping on top of first layer.
- Transfer remaining Cool Whip to quart-sized ziploc bag and cut 1" hole in one corner of the bag.
- Pipe Cool Whip on top of pudding layer.
- Sprinkle with additional nuts if desired.
- Keep refrigerated.
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