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Homemade Goldfish Crackers

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Homemade Goldfish Crackers Recipe

Source: Adapted and modified from Tasty Kitchen

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1 cup (120g) plain flour (note 1)
8 oz (220g) sharp/ extra sharp cheddar cheese – shredded (note 2 & 3)
60g unsalted butter, cold (cut into cubes)
¼ -½ teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons cold water



  1. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into the flour until it forms coarse crumbs.
  2. Add salt to mix together.
  3. Add shredded cheese and cut into the mixture.
  4. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. Use hand to form dough and divide into 2 portions. Wrap them in plastic and chill for 20 minutes (or longer).
  6. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line baking trays with parchment papers.
  7. Take out one portion of the dough from the fridge. Work with one portion at a time. Place dough in between two sheets of wax paper or cling wrap. Roll dough out to 3mm (1/8 in) thickness. Cut out shapes with your choice of cookies cutters (note 4) and transfer to baking tray.
  8. Use chopstick or toothpick to make the eye balls, and the prong of a fork (I used crab forks) to carve a curvy lip. (This step is optional)
  9. Gather all the trimmings and re-roll. Repeat until all the dough is used up.
  10. Bake for approximately 15-17 minutes, until the crackers are crispy and golden around edges. Timing will vary according to size and shape of your crackers. Cool for 10 minutes on baking tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


  1. You can substitute it with 50-100% whole wheat flour.
  2. Shred the cheese finer than what is shown in the photo so that you can easily cut them into the mixture.
  3. Get orange cheese if you can.
  4. If you have food processor, pulse everything (except water) together until the dough resembles coarse sand. Then follow with step 4.
  5. Thinner dough means crispier crackers; thicker dough means puffier, more bread-like crackers. But, the dough must not be too thin or else the crackers will be difficult to handle.
  6. If you don’t have cookie cutter, you can use a pizza cutter or knife to score the desired shapes. Refer to THIS POST.
  7. Crackers will turn soft pretty fast even they are kept inside an airtight container. Best to be eaten immediately or within a day or two. To extend them for a week or so, I keep them in the fridge. Lightly warm them up in the toaster oven when I want to eat them.


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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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