Yesterday in a group I follow someone asked for an egg-free, sugar-free goldfish recipe. Minutes later someone wrote that they had just that recipe and let me tell you, I was beside myself with excitement! The only catch, it wasn’t gluten-free. So, I borrowed a food processor, and started baking! It was so much fun!
This recipe was adapted from Tasty Kitchen. My notes are in italics.
Here it is!
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded – 8 oz = 1c or 1 really good size handful. We used the mixed jack and sharp cheddar cheese. For Vegan, try daiya or Rice Shreds; both brands are lactose and gluten-free.
4 Tbs butter, cut the cubes – again, vegan butter can be substituted
1c rice flour
3/4 tsp salt – we used 1/4 tsp sea salt and it was perfect
2 Tbs cold water – we had to add an extra Tablespoon to get the consistence needed
Using a food processor, pulse everything, except water, together until the dough resembles coarse sand.
Pulse in water, 1 Tbs at a time.
Remove dough from the processor, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes. We didn’t have any plastic wrap, so we used Press-n-Seal. This worked just fine.
Roll out the dough – and cut into desired shapes. **Scroll to the bottom to see how to make the “goldfish” cookie cutter. It is terribly simple!
Use a toothpick to make the eyes and smile, if desired.
Place on parchment paper, or a greased and floured cookie sheet, on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350* for 15 minutes – ours were ready in 12, or until slightly cracked, and golden around edges.
Makes approx. 7 doz.
Store in air tight container
On her blog, tastykitchen.com shows you how to make these cute cutters using a soda pop can. I couldn’t resist, so I dumped out a flat old soda from the fridge, rinsed it, and started cutting. They were so easy and quick! It took me – once I figured it out – 5 minutes to make 3 fish cookie cutters. Okay, as I type this, I realized I think I did this the hard way. I’ll let you judge for yourself. Here it is:
1 soda can, rinsed thoroughly and dried
Really sharp scissors
Starting at the opening in the pop can, cut from top to bottom then cut it in half.
Going horizontally, cut the center of the can into strips. We cut 4 strips and ended up using 3.
Using your index finger to shape the head, gently bend the aluminum over your finger.
Fold the bottom 1/4″ of the strip up to make the top half of the fin. Then fold the tip of it back down to create the bottom of the fin. Place a piece of tape on the outside of the aluminum to seal the “fins” together.
One fish is now made! Repeat or try other shapes!