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Good Fish: Goldfish Bowl Cookies Tutorial

So, recently I received a review copy of a book called Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast by Becky Selengut.

Now, I know why I received a review copy. It is because it was put out by the same publisher of my soon-to-be-released book, entitled CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life, which I might add is available for pre-order (nice plug!). It is also because I am a fan of Becky, who is not only a razor-sharp wit, but a heck of a cook, and a valued customer of mine (she used my cards for her wedding thank you cards, so she is guilty of very good taste).

But here's the thing. There's not one dessert recipe in the entire book. There are quinoa cakes, but of the savory persuasion. But everyone knows that savory cakes are just a good way to warm up your belly for sweet cakes.

So, in Becky's honor, I have created these goldfish-bowl cookies. Employing melted jolly ranchers form a translucent "bowl" over the goldfish crackers which are then finished off with writing icing, these cookies may look fishy, but taste anything but. While I would be lying if I said the jolly rancher taste was totally harmonious with the sugar cookie, it does make them awfully cute, and you can pull off the decoration before eating if desired.

Goldfish Bowl Cookies

 You need:

  • 12 jumbo sugar cookies, about 3 inches in diameter
  • Blue Jolly ranchers or translucent blue or clear candies (about 2 per cookie)
  • Goldfish Crackers (I used the S'more variety)
  • writing icing in various colors, for decoration


  1. Lay your cookies in a row, and position the goldfish on each cookie in advance.
  2. Get out a small dish. Put about 4 of your candies in it at a time (you can do about 2 cookies' worth at a time; do more and it will get hard too fast). Microwave at medium heat until melted (for me, about 20 seconds). Holding the bowl carefully (you might want a mitt or something to protect you, because it will be hot), pour the candy directly on top of the positioned goldfish, using a spoon to smooth the candy into a circle. Work quickly because the candy will harden rapidly.
  3. Repeat, melting candy in small batches, until all of the cookies are done.
  4. Once the candy is hardened, use writing icing to form the bowl shape more clearly, and to add little fronds or pebbles in the "bowls".Decorating is more fun when you have feathers in your hair.
  5. Serve to your delighted friends after dinner, preferably something like this "heart-stoppingly delicious" dungeness crab mac and cheese from Becky's book, which can be purchased here.

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Reader Comments (6)

These are too awesome :)
May 13 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Cookies look awesome. Also, I love what you've done to your glasses!
May 13 | Unregistered CommenterLianne
Thanks Julie! Lianne: Believe it or not, these glasses are VERSACE. I walked into the place and said "gimme the blingiest ones you've got!". Those "cupcakes" are actually the Versace cherub logo or something, but the cupcake point gets across.
May 13 | Unregistered Commentercakespy
I'm so glad you have forgiven me for not including fish desserts in my book. As I mentioned on twitter, I really tried to get that sardine pot de creme to work but the damn squid tentacle garnish kept slipping off and really that was the coup de grace that held the whole dessert together. So, it is with hung head and deeply diminished self esteem that I accept your goldfish bowl cookie in my honor. Back to the drawing board.*

*this entire comment is full of fishshit
May 14 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
Becky: You see what happens when your sardine pot de creme doesn't make the cut for the book: little jerks like me get creative in the kitchen and make tacky-kitshy desserts utilizing non-organic ingredients. ;-) I cannot wait to try the Dungeness crab mac and cheese by the way. xo
May 14 | Unregistered CommenterCakeSpy
LOVE these. So darn cute!
May 14 | Unregistered Commenterlora

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