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Homemade Goldfish Crackers

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Have you ever tried making your own cookie cutter? I had just made my very first mini fishy cutters, and had used them to make these cute tiny goldfish crackers.  Are you inspired to make them for your little ones too? It’s an easy recipe. If I can do it, so can you.


Let’s start with the DIY cookie cutters. All you need is an aluminum can (use more if you plan to have more fun), scissors, adhesive tape, ruler, marker or pen and cardboard paper. However, this DIY project is not recommended for kids as the aluminum sheet has sharp edges which can cause injury to the little hands if not handled carefully. I enjoy doing them very much. I feel like I’m back at school again! Lol!


Besides fish, there are many interesting shapes you can make such as star, flower, heart, crescent moon etc. Just be as crafty as you can. If you don’t have time to make them, it’s perfectly fine. Any ready-made cookie cutters will work well too. Pizza cutters or knife are also good tools to score your desired shapes as how I did in THIS POST.


This recipe which I adapted from Tasty Kitchen requires the use of a food processor. Unfortunately, this electrical appliance is still in my wish list but ordering one unit solely for this recipe is taking a step too far. So, I decided to improvise and I did it with a pastry blender. Yay!


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Cutting these little fishies out of the dough is time-consuming but this is where the fun is. It would be great if your kids could take part too. Try adding eyeballs and curvy lip on the face and you will be amazed how cheerful and happy these little fishies are going to look like.


These crackers, once baked, will puff up a bit. They are very chewy and CHEEEEEEEZY. But, if you roll the dough thinner, you will get crispier crackers. Unlike the usual crackers, these crackers will turn soft pretty fast even if you store them in an airtight container. Thus, it’s advisable to consume them immediately or within a day or two. Otherwise, keep them in the fridge and they can last for another week or so. When you’re craving for them, just pop them into a toaster oven and warm them up lightly.


I think it’s one of easiest recipe to make. With just a few simple steps and ingredients, it will bring you and your kids a whole load of fun. Don’t miss it!


>> Get the step by step photos on How To Make Your Own Fish Cookie Cutters at PAGE 2 BELOW .

>> Get the recipe and step by step photos on Homemade Goldfish Crackers at PAGE 3 BELOW.



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  1. Alice says:

    Very cute lil fishes 🙂
    I love goldfish crackers, so good now I can bake this at home
    thks for sharing 🙂

  2. These gold fish cookies are so adorable!

  3. Alice says:

    Lovely and a great way to recycle! Can we have some goldfish cookies please? 🙂

  4. tigerfish says:

    My goodness, you even make your own cookie cutter now! Very impressive 🙂

  5. noobcook says:

    they are adorable and perfectly baked! I’m with tigerfish – totally impressed with your DIY cookie cutter!

  6. Mave says:

    Cute! But wouldn’t it be easier to just make a cookie cutter with multiple fish on it, so that you can press out a dozen at once or something?

  7. JB & Renee says:

    Absolutely stunning photos! Each beautifully shot, with so much whimsy and humor. Love them!

  8. These fish cookies are so cute and kids will have so much fun helping around.

  9. Dina says:

    these are so cute!

  10. Lynda says:

    I just found this link and speechless cause so many best recipes those I’m suppose to try at home. Thanks so much for sharing..

  11. Yelena says:

    So cute! I really like the idea of making your own cookie cutters. The results turned out great. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Lisa says:

    Your fish are so evenly browned, do you mind telling me which oven do you use? I’m using a reasonably good brand, cheapest range and my fish are not so even.

    • food-4tots says:

      Lisa: I was using Rowenta oven when making these crackers. Currently, I’m using Delonghi. It is working fine too. Try to reduce the baking temperature and rotate your tray half way during baking. Hope these steps will help to solve your problem. 🙂

  13. KP says:

    I don’t know where I went wrong with mine. When I went to go pull them out of the oven they were all greasy. Any suggestions? Up until then they looked amazing!

  14. Kat says:

    this is a crazy question, but we have a cheese allergy at home… can you think of any adaptations?

    • food-4tots says:

      Kat: So sorry, I don’t know what can used to substitute cheese. Maybe you can try my other non-cheese crackers. 🙂

    • Yena says:

      I don’t really like cheese so I used dark/semi sweet chocolate instead of cheese in the same amount. shred the chocolate and use 1 tbs of confectioners’ sugar to replace the salt. if you live in tropical area like us, you’ll find the dough “melts” after being handled for awhile. just work on 1 dough and let the other sit in refrigerator. when the dough you’re working on melts, chill it again and work on another dough you have. I hope you don’t have chocolate allergy like my mom, she sneezed all the time but kept eating, lol

      • food-4tots says:

        Yena: What a great idea to substitute cheese with chocolate! I also face the same problem handling the dough under the current hot weather. Thank you so much for your kind sharing! 🙂

  15. Yena says:

    this is the best source I’ve ever seen. you have patient with those lil fishes and I love your detail photos. I want to ask about the cheese you use, is it real cheese or processed cheese? real cheese is so expensive here, I think I could buy gold with it so I used processed one. the taste was horrible, so salty, too cheesy, but puffed well and didn’t turn soft. do you have any suggestion?

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  17. Andrea says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I made a “grown-up” version by adding some fresh rosemary and using a different cutter. It tasted great and stored well for a week. I posted about it on my blog and gave you props for the recipe:

  18. Allie says:

    Where can one find a small/tiny fish cookie cutter. Thanks

  19. Angie says:

    Awesome recipes! Thanks for sharing

  20. Evett says:

    Does it have to be sharp cheddar?

  21. Sue says:

    Is it possible to freeze the dough? Wondering if I could use one immediately and freeze the other for another day?

  22. Kat says:

    About how many fish crackers does this make?

  23. Denmommy3 says:

    This might sound like a stupid question, but how many tablespoons is 60g. Or is there another unit of measurement you can tell me for that. I don’t have a way to measure grams.

  24. Katerina says:

    Can you substitute the flour with whole wheat flour?

  25. Francisca says:

    I really lived them!!! Please tell me where did you buy the goldfish cookie cutter??!! I need it please!!!

  26. Francisca says:

    ! Please tell me where did you buy the goldfish cookie cutter??!! I need it please!!!

  27. Gitte says:

    thank you shared. my kids love goldfish and they are not available in Denmark

  28. Amy says:

    I made half the batch this afternoon with regular cheddar and a sprinkling of kosher salt and used my mini gingerbread man cookie cutter. Have 5 boys under 11 and they all loved them but we agreed that the thinner ones were a better crunch. Mine tasted a bit more like cheez it’s than goldfish but we loved them. Thanks so much for the post!

  29. Mara says:

    Any chance you have heard about results of using gluten free flour blends?

    Even if you have, I will give it a shot. What a great website. I LOVE it!!

  30. Candace says:

    Very delicious! Mine turned out more like mini cheese biscuits because we didn’t roll them out thin enough. They tasted awesome though, my daughter and I had fun making them and eating them! Thanks!

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