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Homemade Goldfish Crackers; Crunchy, Cheesy, and Homemade: How to Make Goldfish Crackers at Home

Updated: Feb 23

Homemade goldfish cracker recipe.
Homemade goldfish cracker recipe.

Homemade Goldfish Crackers Recipe

These Homemade Goldfish Crackers are a fun and easy recipe your kids can help make! With only 4 simple ingredients you can create those little goldfish crackers that everyone loves. You will not believe how easy these are to make. You will be making your own cheesy crackers in no time!

Are you tired of settling for store-bought snacks that lack that homemade charm? Well, get ready to embark on a crunchy and cheesy adventure as we unveil the secret recipe for making your very own goldfish crackers at home! Say goodbye to those bland, mass-produced versions and say hello to a snack that's bursting with flavor, nostalgia, and a touch of creativity. With just a handful of ingredients and some simple steps, you'll be able to create these iconic little fish-shaped delights that are bound to become an instant family favorite. So roll up your sleeves, dust off your apron, and let's dive into the whimsical world of homemade goldfish crackers!

Makes- Around 100

Prep time- 15 minutes

Chill time- 20 minutes

Bake time- 15 minutes


Homemade goldfish cracker recipe.
Homemade goldfish cracker recipe.

  • 2 cups flour

  • ½ cup salted butter, grated

  • 2 ⅔ shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2-3 tablespoons water 


  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, grated butter and cheese until combined. 

  2. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until a coarse crumb texture. 

  3. Pulse in the water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms into a ball. 

  4. Form the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes to overnight. 

  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  6. On a lightly floured surface or parchment paper roll out your dough about ¼-⅛ inch thick.

  7. Use your goldfish cutter to cut out as many goldfish as you can.  Roll out the excess dough and cut some more. 

  8. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and use a tooth pick to make the eyes and mouth of the goldfish. 

  9. Bake in your 350 degrees preheated oven about 15-18 minutes until golden and crispy. 

  10. Let cool and serve!

Tips and Tricks

● Store leftovers in airtight container in the fridge for up 3 days.  

  • You can add a teaspoon of salt to the dough if you like. 

  • You can skip making the faces if you want to. 

  • I ordered my goldfish cutter from Amazon here

  • You can also just cut these into small squares.

Variations and Flavors to Try:

While the classic cheddar flavor of Goldfish crackers is undeniably delicious, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating different variations and flavors for these homemade snacks. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Spicy Jalapeno: For those who love a little kick in their snacks, try adding finely chopped jalapenos or a dash of cayenne pepper to the dough before baking. The combination of spicy and cheesy will have your taste buds dancing.

2. Parmesan Garlic: Instead of using cheddar cheese, try using parmesan cheese for a different twist on the classic flavor. Adding minced garlic to the dough will give these crackers an irresistible savory flavor.

3. BBQ Ranch: Mix in some ranch dressing mix with the dough, and add a sprinkle of barbecue seasoning on top before baking for a unique barbecue ranch flavor that is sure to be a hit.

4. Everything Bagel: Take inspiration from everyone's favorite breakfast treat and make everything bagel flavored Goldfish crackers by adding toppings such as sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion flakes, and sea salt.

5. Pizza Goldfish: Transform your crackers into mini pizzas by topping them with pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, diced peppers, and mini pepperonis before baking until crispy.

6. Cinnamon Sugar: Sweeten things up by tossing your baked crackers in cinnamon sugar while they are still warm from the oven. This simple yet tasty variation is perfect for satisfying any sweet cravings.

7. Buffalo Ranch: For those who enjoy spicy buffalo flavors, try mixing buffalo sauce with melted butter and drizzling it over the baked crackers along with some ranch seasoning for a zesty kick.

8. Chocolate Covered: Who says Goldfish can't be dessert? Dip your homemade crackers in melted chocolate for an indulgent treat that combines both sweet and salty flavors.

9.Mixed Herbs: Add a touch of sophistication to your crackers by incorporating herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and oregano into the dough. These herby crackers are perfect for snacking on their own or pairing with a cheese platter.

10. Taco Seasoning: Turn your Goldfish crackers into a fiesta by mixing in taco seasoning with the dough before baking. Serve them alongside salsa and guacamole for a delicious and unique snack.

The possibilities for variations and flavors of homemade Goldfish crackers are endless. Don't be afraid to experiment and try out different combinations to find your new favorite flavor. These crunchy, cheesy snacks will surely be a hit with family and friends, no matter what flavor you choose!

Making homemade Goldfish crackers is a fun and rewarding experience that allows you to customize the flavor and shape of this beloved snack. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can create a batch of delicious and crunchy crackers that will impress your family and friends.

Homemade goldfish cracker recipe.
Homemade goldfish cracker recipe.

Not only is making Goldfish crackers at home cost-effective, but it also gives you control over the ingredients used. You can choose to use organic or gluten-free flour, experiment with different cheese flavors, or even add in some herbs and spices for an extra kick. This makes homemade Goldfish crackers a healthier option compared to store-bought versions that may contain preservatives and artificial additives.

Furthermore, creating these cute little fish-shaped crackers can be a fun activity for kids. They can help with cutting out the shapes using cookie cutters or shaping their own unique designs. This not only encourages creativity but also teaches children valuable skills such as following instructions and measuring ingredients.

One of the best things about making Goldfish crackers at home is that they taste just as good (if not better) than store-bought ones. The combination of crispy texture and cheesy flavor is irresistible! Plus, you can make them in large batches and store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks, ensuring that you always have a tasty snack on hand.

So why wait? Gather your ingredients, put on some music, and start rolling out your very own batch of homemade Goldfish crackers today! Not only will you enjoy the process of making them from scratch, but you will also get to savor every bite knowing that they were made with love.

Remember to experiment with different flavors and shapes to keep things interesting. And don't forget to involve your loved ones – whether it's your partner or your kids – in this enjoyable activity for an even more memorable experience.

Making homemade Goldfish crackers is easy, economical, healthy, fun, and most importantly, delicious! So go ahead and treat yourself to this tasty snack, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you made it from scratch. Happy snacking!

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