The famous Goldfish crackers are probably a staple in your house if you have children. They fly off the shelves and into your children’s mouths in a second. Those little bags just aren’t big enough for the addicting fishies. Not to mention, they probably are addicting for a reason, possibly due to the high amounts of sodium packed in, along with other ingredients that you might not be a fan of. Don’t deprive your kids of the bite size, cheesy goodness they have come to know and love. Just change up your game. It’s super easy to make your own homemade Goldfish crackers, surprisingly with only 5 ingredients! You wish there were only 5 ingredients listed on the back of those bags. Now you can not only give your kids what they want, but you can rest assured knowing exactly what they are eating.

How in the world do you make a million tiny fish? It’s not everyday you see a miniature fish cookie cutter in the aisles of Target. That’s when you make your own, of course! It’s as easy (or as difficult… it could take you a few tries) as finding an aluminum can and cutting it into strips. Form the strip into a fish shape and connect it with scotch tape. The beauty of making your own cutter is you can create other shapes, besides the fish, if inspiration strikes or if your kid is dying to eat a cheesy dinosaur (good luck with that)!

Homemade Goldfish Crackers

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 TBSP butter, cut into small pieces
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¾ TSP salt
  • 2 TBSP cold water
  1. Pulse flour, butter, cheese, and salt together in a food processor until it looks like coarse sand.

  1. Add 1 TBSP of water at a time, and continue to pulse.
  2. Remove dough and wrap in plastic.

  1. Chill in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Roll out dough. Use a bit of flour if the dough is sticky. The thinner the dough, the crispier your crackers will be.
  3. Cut into goldfish shapes using your homemade cutter. You can use a toothpick to make the eyes and smile if you have some extra time on your hands!

  1. Arrange goldfish on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

  1. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until crispy. Makes approximately 7 dozen crackers, but this can vary depending on how large or small your cutter is.

Sure, this seems tedious, especially cutting out the Goldfish part, but turn it into a fun, rainy or snowy day activity and get your kids involved. They can help push the button on the food processor, roll the dough, or use the cutter to punch out the fish. Then pop in a movie, cuddle up on the couch, and snack away.

If you need a homemade twist on other popular kid snacks, check out Toddler Eating: Homemade Fruit Snacks, Maple Cinnamon Animal Crackers, and Kid-Friendly Homemade Granola Bars!

Photo Credits: Dani
Recipe adapted from: Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts


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