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!).
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold water
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.
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.
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.
These are even better if you put them in the food dehydrator for a few hours after you bake them! Makes them more crunchy. 🙂