Monday, April 20, 2015

Homemade Goldfish Crackers

One of the easy snacks to grab for toddlers are goldfish crackers.  I discovered that they are easy to make at home, and you know exactly what goes into them.  If you want to make them look like little fish, you can order the little cutter gadget, but I just cut them in squares.  This recipe calls for using a food processor which makes it much easier - I'm not sure it would work without it.

Goldfish Crackers

  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, running until dough forms a ball.  If dough feels warm or is really soft, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes or so.

Roll out dough until 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin.  I roll mine out on parchment paper which makes it easy to transfer paper and all directly to a cookie sheet.  I score mine into squares with a pizza cutter before baking but do not separate the squares.  If you want to cut them into fun shapes with a cookie cutter, transfer the shapes to an ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheet, leaving a space around each one.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until they barely start to brown at the edges.  I go back and run the pizza cutter over the scored lines to finish cutting the squares.  It is very important to cut them as soon as they come out of the oven before they crisp up as they cool.  Set cookie sheet on a rack to cool completely before moving the crackers.

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