Let me start by saying that about two minutes into this project, I was pretty sure it was going to be a flop. But, we persevered and our birdseed cookies actually turned out, so there you go! I wish I remembered where I got this recipe from – it is scribbled on a sticky note and has been sitting in my to-do pile for months…
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
- 4 cups birdseed
Mix it all together. (Crazy dog running around in the background is optional….)
At this point, the directions say to roll it out on wax paper and cut out shapes. Our mixture would not hold together well enough for that. We patted it out and used cookie cutters to make shapes. I had to transfer the cookie cutter and birdseed shape together with a spatula to our drying pan. They did hold together okay when we removed the cookie cutter.
We poked holes with a straw and left them to dry. The directions said 4-6 hours of drying, turning frequently.
We also tried pressing the mixture into some bug molds.
We let ours dry overnight – I did turn them after the first two hours, and then again once more. The ones in the molds I just left until they seemed really dry, then popped them out of the molds. Because our birdseed mix was so chunky, you couldn’t really see any of the details from the mold. The butterfly and fly turned out great, but the ladybug and spider just looked like blobs. The molds were a much easier way to handle the gooey mixture, though.
When dry, they were ready to hang in the trees for our bird visitors…
…or to deliver to a special kindergarten teacher!
We will definitely be playing around with this recipe more – simple shapes are the way to go. I want to try using smaller seed, too. Natalie is so enamored with these, she wants to make and sell them – my little entrepreneur!
We hung and scattered them in the birds’ usual snacking areas, so we’ll see what they think of these cookies. Let me know if you try them, or if you know of any other bird-friendly recipes!
Happy playing outside!