Fireball Whiskey Cheesecake Shots

Make these Fireball Whiskey Cheesecake Shots at your next party! These tasty, no bake dessert shots are going to be the star of the party!

Love boozy desserts? Yep, we do too. Also try our Fireball Apple Fritters, the fun Upside Down Pineapple Whiskey Cakes and one of our all time favorite desserts, Bananas Foster.

Fireball Whiskey Cheesecake Shots are a no bake dessert recipe you can serve at parties

Dessert Shots

We love making dessert shots like these cheesecake shots for parties! They’re a perfect make ahead, no bake boozy treat that everyone is going to love!

Actually, we make quite a few dessert shot recipes, we got a whole collection you can check out. Sometimes you don’t feel like having dessert after a big meal but you just want something sweet…dessert shots are the best answer.

The other reason I like making dessert shots is because they are so easy. Take these Fireball Whiskey Cheesecake Shots, we start with a store bought topping, add a couple of shots of Fireball to it and the topping is done.

Fireball Whiskey Cheesecake Shots are a no bake dessert with whiskey

How Do You Make No Bake Cheesecake?

Again, totally easy. Just cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and cream. Beat it up and chill. You can use no bake cheesecake in so many dessert recipes too. Or simple spread it out in a store bought graham cracker crust and dessert is done!

Even if you don’t have a store bought crust, you can easily make one using graham cracker crumbs or crushed graham crackers. Mix them with melted butter and sugar, press them into a pie pan and bake.

For these cheesecake shots we aren’t actually baking the “crust” in the bottom of the shot glass, but it’s a dessert eaten with a spoon.

From a shot glass. So it works totally fine.

Fireball Whiskey Cheesecake Shots are a dessert shot recipe with whiskey and cherries

If you’re not a Fireball Whiskey fan? No problem. You can use regular whiskey, vodka, or rum too! Pretty much any alcohol that you think goes well with cheesecake flavors is going to be great in this recipe.

Moonshine? Yes. like I said, pretty much anything.

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Fireball Whiskey Cheesecake Shots

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x

These fun desserts shots are perfect for parties! A no bake, make ahead dessert is always a win!



  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
  • 3 ounces Fireball Whiskey, divided
  • Extra maraschino cherries for garnish


  1. Combine the cherry pie filling and 2 shots of the whiskey into a bowl and stir together well.
  2. Mix the graham crackers crumbs, brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon together in a  separate bowl, stirring until all the graham crackers are coated with the butter.
  3. Add the cream cheese, lemon juice, have cream, sugar and remaining 1 ounce of whiskey into a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend until the cream cheese is smooth.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each shot glass, pressing down to make a crust at the bottom.
  5. Using a teaspoon, scoop out enough cream cheese mixture to each shot glass to fill 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Add the cherry pie topping on top of the cheesecake mixture to fill the shot glass, then repeat with the remaining shot glasses.
  7. Refrigerate until ready, then top each shot glass with a cherry before serving.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 30 shots, depending on the size shot glass you use. Also can be made in a regualr pie plate for a whole dessert.

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

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47 Responses
      1. Dana

        I thought there was fireball In the cheesecake the recipe said 3 oz but it said two shots in the cherries where’s the other one go

  1. Dan

    You think like me Dee Dee! I don’t know if you want to sub the whole pint of cream for cream liqueur but you could definitely add in a few tablespoons. Let me know how it goes!

    1. DeeDee M

      Well .. it might have worked if you used fresh heavy cream (half n half would curdle) and a good cream liqueur, like Irish or cream tequila and left out the juice … but since the recipe calls for citrus juice … most likely it would curdle .. with the extra additive that has an acidic base it really raises the risk of ruining your drink. Guess ‘if it isn’t broken – don’t fix it’ comes in to play here.

      1. Dan

        I’m sure there’s many ways to make this, you’re right. Really just getting the whiskey in there is what matters!

  2. Dan

    Rick- that’s an amazing idea. I hadn’t thought about variations on the cherry filling! Let me know how it goes…

    1. Dan

      Nope, no need to bake Jonelle. This would just be like a regular no-bake cheesecake if you put it in a pie tin with the graham cracker crust and the cherry pie filling on top. The no-bake cheesecake is more creamy, not as set as a baked cheesecake, but really good!

    1. Dan

      I wouldn’t recommend freezing them, no. But what you can do is make the filling and the topping a few days ahead of time and then just assemble the shots when you’re ready!

    1. Dan

      Lilith, you can make them as strong as you want to, just add more Fireball. Keep in mind that the filling and cherry topping would obviously get much looser and might not set up as well. These are just intended to be a fun dessert with a little kick of whisky, like an extract that boosts the flavors. It’s really not intended to be a cocktail. But let me know how it goes!

  3. Jackie

    How much in advance can you make this? How long will it stay good? If I make them Friday will they be ok Sunday?

        1. Dan

          If they are well chilled I think they can be out on display, also I don’t think they’ll last 3 hours before they’re all gone so you should be Ok!

  4. Jayne Chow

    I haven’t yet made it through all of the comments yet, but just wanted to say that this recipe has got the creative juices all fired up already as I’m brainstorming up various ideas to play off of this concept, using the cheesecake recipe in a glass as the base and launching point for modification/experimentation…

    let me explain my thought process here so far (as it may provide some inspiration to others as well, perhaps??)… I’m thinking these would be great for this upcoming holiday season… I’m thinking they’d make great little “gift-shots” for my sister & niece (and of course, while I’m at it, I’d likely make a few more for friends as well)… and they’d be especially cute in little 4oz shot-glass-sized mini mason jars that are just the cutest darned lil things in the world!! lol… (they even have stainless steel lids that come in either solid lids, or perforated for spice shakers… so the shot glass-jars would double as super fun, handy, re-usable components of the gift as well).

    Well, taking that idea even further (but just you wait… I’m not even half-way thru this yet!! :P) …I’m considering even making edible spoons to go with them that can be tied to the jars w. a ribbon… I think usually they’re made of a baked (hard) biscuit-type of base, then dipped in chocolate, or honey, or what-have-you…. (I’ve never made them before, but have seems molds sold for them… so if I decide to do that i’d have to look further into that detail.. or perhaps scrap that part if it’s looking like too much hassle over-all…)

    Then, (and this is where this idea gets even *better*, I think!) –and FTR, I should point out that it’s not that your Fireball idea isn’t an awesome one to begin with… cuz it is!! But it’s sooo NOT my sister or niece’s kinda thing, AT ALL!– so, with that in mind, and in the spirit of expanding on your idea, I was thinking about how to modify the flavour/theme to suit their personal tastes a little better… and then it’d occurred to me that it’d be a perfect way to work on a flavour obsession that I’ve been harbouring & playing around with for quite some time now: cinnamon roll! (I’ve been on a cinnamon roll-everything kick lately!… so, for eg.: cinnamon roll waffles, cinnamon roll pancakes, cinnamon roll ice cream, etc… you get the idea…)

    …and the last component to this idea?? Well, thinking about how the type of cinnamon flavour that’s so distinctive of Fireball is sooo very different from the kind of cinnamon that’s typical of cinnamon rolls… as I tend to think of Fireball as having a rather cold, harsh, chemical-kinda bite (for lack of a better description)… though I do like it myself, personally….it’s just that it’s more reminiscent of the kind of cinnamon as, say, those flavoured toothpicks from years back, childhood days… (if you’re familiar with those). So then I remembered about a liqueur that I LOVED but haven’t had in so many years: Goldschlager! Have you ever heard of it or tried it?? If not, you must!! Not only is it super tasty & delicious… but it’s pure decadence considering it has real flakes of gold in it! Imagine that… gold-flecked cheesecake… I mean, hey, if you’re not pooping out gold by the end of the night after having one of these gift-shots of mine, then, by-golly, I haven’t done you right by making you a desert-shot worthy of your palate!! (haha…. just kidding.. I’m clearly getting carried away with this/these ideas!)

    So, apologies for the UBER lengthy comment… but hopefully it’s served some purpose… whether for inspiration/brainstorming ideas, or even just pure entertainment if nothing more! :P

    One last note that I’ll add though… this is the sort of thing that I’m thinking would be idea to bring to a shared dinner… either a sit-down meal with loved ones… or a potluck gathering, or some other festive celebration… such that each guest would have one of these made for them… well, as far as *this* upcoming holiday season goes, one can only *hope* that we’ll be home free and done with this horrible pandemic situation at hand… so we can actually gather & celebrate with loved ones as we’re all deserving after a crazy, unpredictable & unprecedented bummer of a year!! I have a feeling we won’t be so lucky… but one can only hope & stay positive, right??

    Anyways, thanks for this recipe! I look forward to playing around with this… (though, I actually landed here for the homemade amaretto recipe, which I’ll be trying FOR CERTAIN!!) Cheers! (and apologies again for the super-long ramble!! yikes :S )

    1. Dan

      Please don’t apologize, I love the super long comment! It’s giving me so many good ideas. We’ve never made a recipe with Goldschlager but I think it would be perfect for the holidays, especially New Years Eve! And yes, I do hope this holiday season will give us some relief from this crazy COVID! Cheers to you and have a safe and healthy holiday season!

  5. Rose Ann

    Didn’t have enough shot glasses, so used a 8 x 8 cake pan. Awesome flavour and texture was perfect. Just enough “kick”. Firewall whiskey taste is there for sure but not overwhelming.

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