Bird Seed Cookies Recipe
We recently had a Bird Seed Cookie program at our Crest Hill Branch and thought it would be a good idea to share the recipe that was used. Now is the time that the birds have come back to roost, so let’s be eco-warriors and help them out!
- Add 1/4 cup cold water to a large bowl
- Pour 1 Tablespoon of unflavored gelatin into water (Best place to find? Walmart in the baking aisle)
- Add 1/4 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved
- Add 1 Tablespoon corn syrup and stir until combined
- Add 1 and 1/4 cups of bird seed and mix well. Mixture should be similar to the consistency of real cookie dough, not too liquidus and not too dry. Mixture should stick together
- Spray muffin pan or metal cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray
- Fill muffin cups or cookie cutters with birdseed mixture and press down firmly
- Cut plastic straws into thirds and press the drinking straws into each of the cookies leaving at least 1/2″ of space between the hole and the edge of the cookie. This is to make the hole for the twine to go through to hang up the cookies once they harden
- Place the cookies in the refrigerator overnight
- Remove cookies by gently sliding a butter knife around the outside of each cookie. Gently pull the straws out
- Thread a piece of twine through the hole and tie the ends in a firm knot
- Hang the birdseed cookies from tree branches for birds to enjoy!
These cookies are best for cooler weather, such as the spring and late fall.