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Guilt free homemade goldfish crackers

These guilt free homemade goldfish crackers are sure to put a smile on your kids (and your) face. Not only are they cute, but delicious and easy to make too! If you’re trying to find easy homemade snacks for your kids, these are a must.

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We used to live on graham crackers and gold fish. My kids would eat them by the pound. We should have bought stock in them. Once I realized how these foods affected their growing little bodies I stopped buying them and then came the tears. It is very hard to switch from grocery store snacks like gold fish that are highly palatable and highly processed to homemade snacks.

Making the switch from store bought to homemade

Store bought snacks are faster, easier, and my kids almost ate anything if it came in a brightly colored wrapper. We still eat store bought snacks, but they’ve become the exception to the rule, not the rule. We eat them at special events or when we have parties or guests at our house. We try not to eat them every day.

It was so hard for our kiddos to switch to homemade snacks. At first they just didn’t like them. Their brains were wired for the highly processed foods and homemade snacks just did not satisfy them. The longer we went without those store bought snacks though, the more their tastes changed. Soon they would start asking me to make a certain snack that I had made before.

The first homemade snack that my kids would eventually start asking for were these goldfish crackers. They do look a little different than store bought, but the taste is delicious. Way better than store bought! I can control what ingredients go in and can feel good about what my kids are eating. No snack-guilt today for this mama!

The best part about homemade goldfish crackers

The best part about these guilt free homemade goldfish crackers is how easy they are to make. Especially if you have a food processor. You can make it without one, but man does it make it easy.

How to make guilt free homemade goldfish crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded cheese (We try to always shred our own which is why using a food processor makes these crackers so easy! But you can use already shredded cheese as well.)
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2-4 tablespoons cold water
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using a food processor shred your cheese.

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Add cold butter to your food processor and shred as well.

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Dump shredded cheese and butter into a separate bowl and place your blade attachment on your food processor. Add cheese and butter back in.

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Add flour to food processor and pulse until it forms a grainy texture.

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Add one tablespoon of water at a time and pulse until the dough just starts to come together. I like to add four tablespoons to a container with a spout so I can easily just pour water slowly into the food processor until the dough is ready.

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Spread flour on counter and knead dough until it comes together into a ball.

It is recommended to flatten into a disk, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator for at least a half hour. I’m never patient enough for this though and they always seem to come out just fine.

Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8″-1/4″.

Cut dough out using a goldfish cookie cutter or simple cut into squares using a knife.

Place cut out dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. If your dough is pretty thin try baking for 10 minutes and see how they are doing. I sometimes bake mine for as long as 25 minutes. We like them slightly brown and crunchy.

Add salt to taste and store them in an air tight container.

I’d tell you how long they last in an air tight container but they do not last longer than a day or two in my house… but they probably last up to a week.

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Homemade Goldfish Crackers

These guilt free homemade goldfish crackers are sure to put a smile on your kids (and your) face. Not only are they cute, but delicious and easy to make too! If you're trying to find easy homemade snacks for your kids, these are a must.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheese We use sharp, colby jack, or raw cheddar cheese.
  • 3 tbsp Cold Butter
  • 1 Cup All purpose flour
  • 1-4 tbsp cold water
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉
  • Using a food processor shred your cheese
  • Add cold butter to your food processor and shred as well
  • Dump shredded cheese and butter into a separate bowl and place your blade attachment on your food processor. Add cheese and butter back in.
  • Add flour to food processor and pulse until it forms a grainy texture.
  • Add one tablespoon of water at a time and pulse until the dough just starts to come together.
  • Spread flour on counter and knead dough until it comes together into a ball.
  • It is recommended to flatten into a disk, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator for at least a half hour. I'm never patient enough for this though and they always seem to come out just fine.
  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8"-1/4".
  • Cut dough out using a goldfish cookie cutter or simple cut into squares using a knife.
  • Place cut out dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. If your dough is pretty thin try baking for 10 minutes and see how they are doing. I sometimes bake mine for as long as 25 minutes. We like them slightly brown and crunchy.
  • Add salt to taste and enjoy! Store them in an air tight container.

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