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Goldfish Crackers (VIDEO)

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

These Goldfish crackers are such a good easy snack to make for picnics, barbecues, pool parties, movie nights, and school lunches. With all organic and very clean ingredients.

Almost every child in US eats Goldfish Crackers. Parents love them because they are easy, inexpensive, and seem healthier than other snacks like Cheetos. They are served in schools and daycares across the country. But are they really a good snack for kids?

Just by checking an ingredients list, its very clear they are NOT a GOOD SNACK!

Take a look, there so many ingredients that just a red flags to me and as a mom would never wanted my child ate them.

Goldfish Crackers Ingredients: Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Cheddar Cheese ([Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes], Annatto), Vegetable Oils (Canola, Sunflower And/Or Soybean), Salt, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Yeast, Sugar, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Paprika, Spices, Celery, Onion Powder, Monocalcium Phosphate, Baking Soda.

goldfish crackers on a baking sheet

I personally never thought I would be excited to make crackers before I had kids. But when Thomas came around, I was on a mission to feed my child the best food I could possibly find. From the time Thomas was very young, I made my own baby food and made everything from scratch as much as possible. I felt more in control of what was going into his little belly (Pro tip: By making food yourself, you can actually sneak in some healthy ingredients that toddlers normally don't want to put in their mouths).

crackers on a granite

Thomas has loved goldfish since he first tried them. But when he realized all his friends at the park and YMCA eat goldfish, too, he became even more excited about them. As a mom who has a difficult time buying stuff with harmful ingredients, I started experimenting and found this recipe works the best. Plus, we have so much fun together in the kitchen!

Give these crackers a try and let me know in the comments how much you like them!

boy is shredding cheese
cutting dough with a cracker cutter
on a baking sheet cracker, ready for the oven

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Bake Time: 10 - 12 minutes

Total Time: 40 - 45 minutes

Author: Inna of

ingredients for goldfish crackers


2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional) 1 tablespoon paprika (optional) 1 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons cold butter 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (white or yellow) 6 tablespoons ice water

Ingredients Note for Goldfish Crackers

How to Make Gold, Pink, or Green Fish

We used turmeric and paprika to make the goldfish "golden" (it's best to use yellow cheddar for orange as well, but we were out of it today). For pink fish, use white cheddar and 1 tablespoon of beet powder. For green fish, use 1 tablespoon of spirulina.


1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

In a mixer, combine flour, turmeric, paprika, and salt. 2. Add butter, shredded cheese, and ice water and blend in a food processor until just before the dough becomes a ball. You want it to still be sticky. 3. Place the dough in a zip lock bag, flatten it, and chill for 20 minutes. 4. Roll out the dough, try to not overmix the dough and use a goldfish-shaped cookie cutter to cut the crackers. 5. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the goldfish to the sheet. 6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crackers have reached desired color. Allow crackers to cool before eating. Enjoy!

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