The other day, my girls and I were playing with friends. When we took a snack break, our friends shared their goldfish crackers with us. My girls love cheese crackers, so they were quite happy about it. I try really hard not to purchase crackers, because we end up consuming such large quantities, and then my girls don’t have room for fresh fruits and veggies. Also, when I read the box, most often, some of the ingredients are foreign to me. By baking my own crackers, I can identify, pronounce and control the ingredients. I have been looking for a cheese cracker recipe that my girls would like as much as they like Annie’s, Goldfish and Cheese-its.
The beauty of these crackers, is they have a few simple ingredients, and when they are finished baking, and cooling, they are crispy and crunchy and delicious. This recipe comes together quickly and easily.
As I said before, my girls can consume copious amounts of crackers. They are not the kids that have a cracker cut off switch, they have to be cut off. When I bake crackers, I can just bake a third of the dough, on a sheet tray for a snack, and then when they are finished, the snack is over. The rest of the dough will last in the fridge, until you are in the mood for more cheese crackers. We baked our second batch within three days, and they were equally delicious as the first batch.
I collect cookie cutters. I chose the heart cutter and the mini animals, and I think they add a fun, extra special touch to these crackers. My girls really had fun helping choose the cookie cutters, and cut out their own animal cracker dough shapes.
Go wild and experiment with other cheeses, and or dried herbs, and spices. I think Asiago or Gryere would be delicious in these crackers. These crackers are not just for kids snacks, cut them with a pastry wheel and then bake them and bring them with a dip, to your next cocktail party or potluck to share with friends. Remember to adjust the salt if using a saltier cheese. This recipe is adapted from Savory Seasonings, Cheddar Goldfish Crackers, and before that, Country Living.
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