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4-Ingredient Homemade Goldfish Crackers

4.95 from 19 votes
Using just 4 ingredients, my Homemade Goldfish Crackers recipe is so simple that my 19-month-old son helped me make them!

Hi Bold Bakers!

Before we get started, there are some things you should know about this recipe: it only uses 4 ingredients, the Homemade Goldfish Crackers it makes are lovely and giant, and it’s so easy that my 19-month-old son, George, helped me make them from start to finish (with lots of sampling). You’ll only need cheese, flour, water, and butter — and I love knowing exactly what’s going into my son’s snacks. Let’s be honest, though, these are my snacks too!

Oh, and if you’re looking for something just as easy but on the sweeter side, try my Absolutely Adorable Homemade Animal Crackers, I also made them with George!

There is no long and elaborate backstory here. Everything written here on this page is designed to be helpful in some way on your journey to simple goldfish crackers made right at home. If by the end you need extra help, please leave a comment down below — we answer every single question we get!

The early stages of homemade goldfish.

What Are Goldfish Crackers?

Being from Ireland, I had never had a Goldfish Cracker until I had George, and it’s no wonder kids go nuts for them. They’re tiny crunch crackers made from cheese that are in the shape of little goldfish. What’s not to love?

These Goldfish Crackers are not only crisp, airy, and cheesy… but they’re also BIG! And, of course, they’re baked and not fried.

Shaping The Goldfish

Honestly, this is part of the fun! If you can’t, or just don’t want to, not to worry — you can make them as simple circles (or even squares, like Cheez-Its). To shape them like their namesake, though, you can use the cookie cutter I used and a toothpick or chopstick to make the eyes and mouth!

What You Need To Make Homemade Goldfish Crackers

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • A Grater (Only if you don’t buy pre-shredded cheese!)
  • Food Processor
  • Baking Pans

Homemade Goldfish Crackers arranged on a baking tray.

How To Make Homemade Goldfish Crackers

I like to say that this really fun homemade version of Goldfish Crackers is gourmet — despite there being nothing fancy about it. It’s four ingredients, mixed together in a food processor until it turns into a dough. You then roll out the dough thinly and cut out your goldfish, give them eyes and a smile, then bake! You’ll be enjoying these in no time at all. Jump to the recipe now!

Troubleshooting

I usually keep this section reserved for all of the ups and downs I went through while recipe testing to land on all of the steps you’ll need to be successful, but this homemade cracker recipe is one of the easiest ones on my site. So easy, in fact, that you can make it with your kids! Just make sure all of your ingredients are fresh and ready to go.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips for Making Goldfish Crackers

  • Freeze the pre-cut raw dough and then you can bake off crackers fresh every few days
  • Once you make the dough you will want to either freeze it or bake it off in the first 36 hours as it can turn grey and not be as fresh.
  • You can buy Goldfish Cookie Cutters on Amazon
  • Use sharp cheddar for more flavor in your crackers
  • If you want to add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, I left it out of the recipe incase the baker wanted to make those additions themselves
  • You can cut out the dough, freeze the raw goldfish and bake them off in small batches when you want them rather than bake them off all at once. 

A young boy holding two big goldfish crackers.

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4-Ingredient Homemade Goldfish Crackers

4.95 from 19 votes
Using just 4 ingredients, my Homemade Goldfish Crackers recipe is so simple that my 19-month-old son helped me make them!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 40 crackers
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Using just 4 ingredients, my Homemade Goldfish Crackers recipe is so simple that my 19-month-old son helped me make them!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 40 crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 cup (10oz/282g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick (4oz/115g) cold unsalted butter (cubed)
  • 2 ⅔ cups (8oz/225g) grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • In a food processor, pulse the flour, butter, and cheese together until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Pulse in the water, one tablespoon at a time, and only enough so that the dough forms a ball.
  • Remove, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes or up to 24 hours. (Note: don't keep the dough for longer than 36 hours without freezing it or baking it off.)
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface 1/8-inch thick. Rolling the dough thin will give you crispy crackers.
  • Using a 3 inch Goldfish Cookie Cutters or another cutter cut out as many crackers as you can.
  • Place on a lined cookie sheet and use a toothpick to make an indentation for the eye and the mouth of the fish.
  • Bake at 350°F (180°C) for roughly 15-20 minutes, until golden, and crisp.
  • Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also cut out the dough, freeze the raw goldfish and bake them off in small batches when you want them.

 

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Heather
Heather
17 days ago

My older brother loves goldfish crackers. He has been fighting advanced cancer for 5 years. So when I saw this I decided to make them for him. He loved them and was very touched that I made them for him. So thank you for this recipe and that I was able to bring a smile to his face! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Stefanie S
Stefanie S
1 month ago

Looks amazing! My kiddos loved watching Georgie in the video. Now this is on my list to make tomorrow! Thoughts on possibly using Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 gluten free flour?

Linda
Linda
1 month ago

Would this work with GF flour?

heahter
heahter
4 days ago

how would you make this gluten free? thank you.

Last edited 4 days ago by heahter
5 days ago

I dont have a machine, can I do these by hand?

Carol
Carol
17 days ago

My 20 y/o grandson has been a fan of Goldfish since he was a baby. I ordered the cookie cutter from Amazon and made them last weekend (he’s in his first apartment) He loved them! He couldn’t believe his gramma could make them. They turned out great and were so simple to make. I am making a second round this weekend.

I purchased some mini cookie cutters and I am wondering how long to bake the crackers if they are tiny.

Valentina Fernandes
27 days ago

These were incredible and so easy! I am an early learning educator and I often conduct cooking experiences with my children aged between 2.5- 3.5 yrs. It was so easy and fun for them to make. They gave many thumbs up for this recipe. I only stars and flower cutters on hand so used them to shape the crackers.

Thank you!

Val xx

Amruta Ponkshe
Amruta Ponkshe
28 days ago

These turned out amazing! My kiddo helped me bake the first batch, and we made an assortment of cracker shapes from his play doh cookie cutters (washed and rinsed) Such a fun kid friendly activity. Thanks Gemma. And George is such a rockstar in this video😃

Ella
Ella
1 month ago

hi Gemma
can i use regular white flour?

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