Ranch Goldfish After School Snack for Kids

Ranch Goldfish After School Snack for Kids

This Ranch Goldfish After School Snack cracker recipe is my kids’ new favorite treat! I like making it ahead on the weekends for busy weekdays during back to school season. This cracker recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes, even including baking time! I love that because our life is crazy and I need easy and fast recipes that my kids actually like!

ranch goldfish crackers in a bowl

How to Make this Ranch Goldfish After School Snack

The ingredients and directions for Ranch Goldfish After School Snack are super easy! I have a recipe card at the bottom of this post that you can easily screenshot. However, if you like more information and extra photos, you can easily follow along with this step-by-step, instead!

Ingredients for Ranch Goldfish After School Snack

Goldfish Crackers – You could also substitute oyster crackers or any other savory crackers for this Ranch Goldfish After School Snack recipe!
Ranch Salad Seasoning Mix – I used a ready-made seasoning packet, but you could make your own Ranch Seasoning, if you prefer!
Dill Weed Seasoning – This has a warm, grassy aroma and pairs well with the other seasonings in this Ranch Goldfish After School Snack recipe! If your family is not a fan of the dill taste though, you can leave this seasoning out and add in extra Lemon Pepper, instead.
Garlic Powder – Be sure to use garlic powder instead of garlic salt! Otherwise, this recipe could taste too salty!
Lemon Pepper Seasoning – This is my favorite seasoning and I use it weekly in my cooking! The lemon zest in this seasoning is delicious!
Cayenne Pepper – This is optional! With the small amount called for in this recipe, the crackers are not spicy at all, but you can leave it out, if you want to!
Vegetable Oil – The oil helps the spices adhere well to the crackers. Depending on your preference, you might want to use another type of oil, and that is ok! Olive oil or canola oil would work just fine as a substitute.

goldfish crackers in a bowl

First, preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Then, pour all of the Goldfish Crackers into a large mixing bowl. Be sure to leave enough room to allow you space to mix your Ranch Goldfish After School Snack!

assorted spices on goldfish crackers

Next, pour the oil on the crackers and mix thoroughly. After that, add the Ranch mix and spices. If you want to play with the amounts of spices in this Ranch Goldfish After School Snack recipe, that is just fine! This recipe is very forgiving, so you can change it up depending on your taste and what you think your kids will like best!

ranch goldfish after school snack on a baking sheet

Next, place a sheet of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Mix all ingredients completely and turn out onto the baking sheet. Bake for twenty minutes, stirring the crackers halfway through. Lastly, take your crackers out of the oven. Let the crackers cool completely before storing.

ranch goldfish after school snack in a bowl

Can I use crackers other than Goldfish?

Yes, instead of making Ranch Goldfish for an after school snack, you could use the same amount of oyster crackers, saltines, Cheez-its or even pretzels!

How long can I store the crackers?

I would keep them covered and stored in an air-tight container for no more than a week.

Other cracker recipe ideas!

If you love these Ranch Goldfish, try these 3 Ingredient Taco Crackers! These Sweet and Salty Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Crackers are a family favorite, too! 

ranch goldfish snack

Ranch Goldfish After School Snack

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This Ranch Goldfish After School Snack is a fun twist on a kid's favorite! Make it quickly with spices you most likely already have on hand!


  • 3 6.6 ounce Goldfish cheddar baked crackers
  • 1 1 ounce envelope ranch salad seasoning mix
  • 3 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Place crackers in a large mixing bowl and drizzle oil over them. Mix well.
  3. Next, add ranch mix and all spices. Mix well. Toss to coat evenly, if needed!
  4. Transfer to a large baking sheet and spread out crackers evenly.
  5. Next, bake for 20 minutes, stirring the cracker mixture halfway through baking.
  6. Lastly, remove from oven and let cool for about ten minutes.
  7. Store in a covered, air-tight container for up to a week.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
© Heather Schisler
Category: Snack
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