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Dec 27, 2020

Homemade Fish Crackers with Cheddar and Whole Wheat

These homemade fish crackers with cheddar and whole wheat are a wonderful treat for both kids and grown ups. 

Homemade Fish Crackers

Aren't these little fish crackers cute? They are also really tasty .... they are flaky, crispy, and tender, and they make you look so clever. 

They are a copycat of the fish crackers we all know and love, but they contain a lot more butter and cheese. Plus, there is whole wheat flour for extra nutrition. 

Fish Crackers with Cheddar and Whole Wheat

I think these fish crackers would make a wonderful hostess or holiday gift. I love cookies and sweets, but don't you think these would be a welcomed savory treat?  Look at the cute little shapes!

The first time I made these I didn't have the fish cookie cutters, so I used little jelly/aspic cutters to make these shapes. 

Mini cracker shapes

Later, I bought some small animal cookie cutters to make homemade circus animal cookies. Actually, I kind of went crazy and bought a few sets, with one set that had a both a fish and a dolphin

This was the perfect excuse for making these again. My grandson can polish off nearly an entire bag of the Pepperidge farm fish crackers if I don't stop him, so I thought it would be fun to surprise him with these. 

They are loaded with cheddar cheese and enriched with whole wheat. 

Homemade Fish Crackers

These homemade fish crackers super easy to make. You just give the ingredients a few turns in your food processor until they come together. After you chill the dough for a bit, you roll it out and then cut it into small fish. 

You want these crackers to puff up while baking, but be sure to poke the cut outs with a half toothpick to prevent the crackers from overly puffing up. If you are making the fish, you can just use the toothpick to create the eyes. 

Fish and dolphin crackers

For the fish, I used a toothpick to press a "smile" where the mouth should be. I made mostly fish, with just a few dolphins for fun.

Of course, you can turn this dough into other small animal crackers. Choose whatever animal with which your kids are obsessed. 

Be sure to use orange cheddar cheese to make these crackers to get the traditional fish cracker color. 

Cheddar and whole wheat crackers

These crackers are also a great appetizer for cocktail parties and celebrations. Serve them on Game Day and watch them disappear. 

They are delicious with cocktails and aperitifs. You can make them up to two or three days in advance and keep them in an airtight container, ready to serve. 

Homemade Fish Crackers with Cheddar and Whole Wheat

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This is an update of a recipe I originally posted in November of 2012. I've remade the recipe, taken new photos, and posted a printable recipe card. 

Homemade Fish Crackers with Cheddar and Whole Wheat

Homemade Fish Crackers with Cheddar and Whole Wheat
Yield: 100 crackers
Author: Karen Kerr
These homemade fish crackers with cheddar and whole wheat are a wonderful treat for both kids and grown ups.


  • 6 ounces of grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 ounces (1/2 C) whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/8 ounces (1/4 C) unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and run it until the dough forms a ball. This should take about two minutes.
  2. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F and position a rack in the middle.
  4. On a large piece of lightly floured wax paper or other flat surface such as wood, marble, or granite, use your hands to push the dough out into a rectangle, getting it as flat as you can. Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick with a floured rolling pin.
  5. Cut the dough into shapes and transfer them to an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet, placing them about 1/2 inch apart. These are pretty tiny, so one sheet may be enough, but if you need two sheets, bake them one sheet at a time.
  6. Prick each shape once with a skewer, cake tester, or toothpick all of the way through.
  7. Bake the crackers for 12 to 15 minutes. Watch them closely after 12 minutes and remove them from the oven when they are just browned on the edges.
  8. Cool the crackers on the cookie sheet on a wire rack.
  9. Store in an air tight container.



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This recipe was adapted from The Smitten Kitchen who adapted it from The Lee Bros

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  1. I love the idea of homemade crackers!
    I would love to have you link this and/or any other recipe of yours to Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie Link Party with a special something! Here is the link to it:

    Can't wait to see you there :)

  2. Those are adorable! I love all the different shapes!

  3. I have seen people make a little fish cutter out of an old tin can :) I tried once and lacked the skills, but people online make it look really easy

  4. HOw do you stop them from puffing up?

  5. a labor of love!!!! Love this! too bad I don't have kids around to share a big batch.... I am obviously looking at amazon and bravely trying to resist .....

  6. Love this! Kids love gold fish crackers and you have made with whole wheat and it's extra buttery and flaky and cheesy! I am ordering my fish cutters (though any shape would work, the original theme always has a thing attached to heart!). Thanks for sharing!

  7. These are sooooo cute! I remember the days well when my kids could go through bag after bag if I let them!

    1. It's kind of scary when they do that, isn't it? My teen grandson is a bottomless pit.

  8. You have GOT to me kidding me? Mini animal cutters?? I'm totally getting these to make these.

  9. We love fish crackers at our house and I can't wait to try a homemade version. Excellent tips to make them turn our great!


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