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Homemade Goldfish Crackers

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How To Make Your Own Fish Cookie Cutter

Things you need:
Empty aluminum can (wash, rinse and dry out properly)
Heavy duty and sharp scissors
Adhesive tape
Marker/ pen
Cardboard papers for folding purposes (cut out 2 strips with ½ inch and ¾ inch width respectively)


  1. Cut off the top and bottom of the can with scissors and discard them. (note 1)
  2. Cut the remaining part down the side so that you have a rectangle sheet. Trim and straighten any uneven edges with scissors if needed.
  3. Use a rule and marker/pen draw a strip measuring ½ inch width and 4½ inches long. Draw as many strips as possible. Then, cut them out.
  4. Take one strip, hold both its ends overlapping them by ¾ inch. Tape them together.
  5. Use the pre-cut cardboard strips as guide to bend or fold the tail of the fish. It should be ¾ inch for the flag edge and ½ inch for the sides. (note 2)


  1. Be extra careful when cutting aluminum can as the edges are very sharp.
  2. Be gentle when handling these metal strips. They are very filmsy and can easily break if you bend or fold them too much.

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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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