It was so much fun collaborating with my friend Emily Mardell from GetJoyFull, and her daughter Cela, on this recipe. A special thanks to our partner, Armstrong Cheese, for providing the delicious Canadian cheddar as well.
I’ve always been a sucker for goldfish crackers, and I will hands down venture to the kid's table to enjoy some if given the opportunity. Emily and I wanted to take that same treat children love (and adults), but add some healthy ingredients like whole wheat, wheat germ and real cheese to make this a truly family friendly cracker.
These crackers are strong on flavour, contain no preservatives and are honestly super simple to come together with only handful of ingredients and some spices. I can’t wait to make these cracker for my nephews when they visit!
I hope you enjoy making them for your family as well.
Homemade Whole Wheat Cheddar Cheese Fish Crackers
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup cold butter, unsalted, cubed
2 cups Armstrong Medium, or Old Cheddar Cheese, shredded fine
3-4 tbs cold water
1 tbs wheat germ
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp ground white pepper
Pulse the butter, flour, wheat germ, onion powder, garlic salt, white pepper, and baking powder together using a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
Add the cheese, and 3 to 4 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and only enough so that the dough forms a ball. Remove, wrap in plastic, and chill for 30 minutes.
Working with half of the dough at a time. Roll out the dough on parchment paper to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired animal shape. If making goldfish, use the tip of a toothpick to make the eye and press the toothpick lengthwise to make a smile.
Heat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Place crackers on prepared baking pans. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden.
Store in an airtight container to preserve crispiness.