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Baked mozzarella sticks are filled with stretchy cheese and covered in a crunchy, crispy crust made with Goldfish® Crackers. You can make these cheesy snacks with your kids, and your whole family will enjoy them!


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My kids love Goldfish crackers, and I’ve been packing them in the kids’ lunches since my oldest was in kindergarten. Even today, my teens enjoy snacking on the crackers as much as their younger siblings do.

We usually stick with the cheddar variety since that’s what the kiddos prefer, but sometimes, I’ll buy the original flavor or maybe even the pretzel flavor.

And once in awhile, I like to make a snack mix by mixing different varieties of the Goldfish crackers and other snack items together.

So yes, we definitely  go through a lot of these tasty little crackers, and I usually always pick up a few packages whenever I’m at the store. When I was at Walmart the other day, I spied these 30-ounce cartons on rollback. Since we go through so many smaller packages, these larger sizes are exactly what we need!
My kids asked to try the Flavor Blasted® Xtra Cheddar this time, and the Pretzel flavor.  


Instead of serving the Goldfish crackers as snacks, the kids and I put our heads together and decided to use them as a coating for baked mozzarella sticks.

I love having the kids help out in the kitchen! Not only does it give us a chance to spend time together, but it also helps them practice math and reading while learning how to cook.

The mozzarella sticks are super easy to make, and the kids can do most of the prep work without help.

First, I cut the mozzarella sticks in half since it’s easier to eat this way. Then, we mixed up some buttermilk and mustard  for coating the cheese sticks. We also chopped up some Goldfish crackers in the food processor and added some panko bread crumbs for extra crispiness.


Then, you dip the mozzarella into the buttermilk.


Next, you dip the cheese sticks into the coating. You may have to roll them around a few times to make sure you get enough coating all over the cheese.


Then, you place the cheese sticks on a wax-paper lined baking sheet. When all the sticks are coated with crumbs, place the tray into the freezer for about 30 minutes. You can alse leave them in overnight if you want. I’ve done that without a problem, and it just helps the cheese from oozing out when baked.


How to Make Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Goldfish® Cracker Crust

5 from 3 votes

Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Goldfish Cracker Crust

By: Dee
Cheesy baked mozzarella sticks coated in a mixture of ground Goldfish crackers and panko breadcrumbs
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 6 in mozzarella cheese sticks cut half
  • 2 cups ground Goldfish crackers
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
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  • Cut mozzarella sticks in half
  • Mix buttermilk and mustard together in a shallow bowl
  • Mix panko breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and ground Goldfish crackers in another shallow bowl
  • Dip each mozzarella stick into the buttermilk mixture
  • Then, dip each mozzarella stick into the breadcrumb mixture, and place on wax-paper lined tray
  • Place tray in freezer for about 30 minutes
  • Transfer mozzarella sticks to a separate baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or until cheese begins to soften
  • Remove from oven, and immediately place sticks on a serving dish
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 211kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 503mg, Potassium: 35mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Calcium: 84mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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In only about 10 minutes, you have these crispy, crunchy baked mozzarella sticks. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce, and you’re good to go.


My kids just love the stretchy cheese and the crispy Goldfish cracker crust. And honestly, so do I!


If your kids enjoy snacking on Goldfish crackers, I think they’ll love these baked mozzarella sticks with a Goldfish cracker crust!





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  1. Elizabeth says:

    How long can you keep these in the freezer before baking? I’m wondering if I can make them ahead of time.

    1. Dee says:

      I’ve made them several hours ahead of time, and they were fine.

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Can’t wait to give these a try, yum! Looking forward to seeing you again at Full Plate Thursday tonight!
    Hope you are having a great day!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  3. Heart says:

    I love this recipe. Super simple yet super duper YUMMY! The kids always love cheese. How can they resist this sweet creamy cheesy goodness?5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      My kids are crazy about cheese, so this was a big hit! 🙂

  4. veronica lee says:

    Yummm! These look soooooooo gooooood! Mozzarella sticks and crackers – brilliant!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! They’re super tasty, and the crackers make them extra crunchy. 🙂

  5. Deb from Frugal Little Bungalow says:

    I love mozarella sticks…combining with the crackers ? What a great idea!

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Deb. Gotta change things up every now and then! 🙂

  6. Barely Vegan says:

    Cheese, more cheese, and bread?!?! YEEES!! Can’t go wrong with those ingredients. These look super tasty. 🙂

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much! We really loved them, and they went fast! 🙂

  7. Lisa H. | Lisa's Lemony Kitchen says:

    These sticks would be gone in a flash in my household, my ‘big’ kids love cheese and these looks so yumm 😀

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Lisa! My big kids love these as much as the younger ones! 🙂

  8. Ange @ Little Kitchen Blue says:

    Stretchy gooey crunchy cheese. Yum. Ive never seen goldfish crackers or mozzarella sticks in my supermarket but I’m sure I could adapt. We have cheddar cheese sticks that Aussie kids love – I wonder if they would work as well.

    1. Dee says:

      I think we have some cheddar sticks here — I’ll have to try and let you know! 🙂

  9. Justine Marie says:

    What a great idea, my kids two favorite foods all in one!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Exactly — My kids had no complaints! 🙂

  10. dooseet says:

    I am a big fan of cheese and especially mozzarella! unfortunately they don’t sell mozzarella sticks in Poland, but I will try to make it from the mozzarella balls:)

    1. Dee says:

      Wow — the things we take for granted here! Let me know how it works out! 🙂