Goldfish Crackers.

In my never-ending quest to find salty snack replacements that aren’t so salty, I stumbled across an excellent recipe for replica cheese crackers.  I’m not sure if they are closer to goldfish or cheez-its (seems sort of like a combination between the two).  If you check out the original recipe that I found at http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2011/09/homemade-goldfish-crackers/, you’ll see that that the person was very creative, even making their own cookie cutters from a used soda can to create fun little shapes (starting with goldfish!).

Ingredients:

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

4 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes

1 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cold water

Instructions:

Pulse everything (except water) together in food processor until dough resembles coarse sand.  Pulse in water, 1 tablespoon at a time.  Remove dough from processor, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes.  Roll out dough and cut into desired shapes.  Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until crispy.

Notes:

I set my timer for 10 minutes to start and even with that I ended up taking them out a minute or two early.  My dough appeared to be rolled out slightly thinner than the original recipe.  This makes a lot of dough – I’d say this would fill four large cookie sheets.

Opinion:

These are excellent.  They are flavorful, not too greasy, very light and crunchy.  My intention was to put them in a snack mix that I usually make with regular goldfish crackers, pretzels, little bagel chips, and sesame sticks – and they fit into the mix perfectly in place of the goldfish.

Addendum:

These are even better if you put them in the food dehydrator for a few hours after you bake them!  Makes them more crunchy.  🙂

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