How To Make Bird Seed Cookies

 how to make birdseed cookies
Fortunately, spring is finally here and our feathered friends will be migrating and hunting for food.  My grandchildren and I spent the week-end making bird seed cookies for the birds.  The grandchildren had fun, and the birds think they’re delicious.  Check out my other posts on attracting backyard birds before you leave.
So, I thought you would love the recipe to make these treats for your backyard friends too. It’s a great activity to do with the children.  Also, this is a great activity to do when mother nature is sending cold, snowy weather your way.  The bird seed cookies are full of protein to help keep our backyard friends warm and their tummy full.
Part of the fun is gathering the cookie cutters that you want to use.  Have everyone pick out a favorite cookie cutter shape and than get to work.  Here’s what you will need:
    • 3/4 Cup flour
    • 1/2 Cup water
    • 1 Envelope unflavored gelatin
    • 3 TBS Karo corn syrup
    • 4 cups of wild birdseed
    • Mixing bowl
    • Wax paper or non-stick spray
    • Cookie Sheet
    • cookie cutters

bird seed cookies

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl except the bird seed and mix until well combined.   Now, mix in the birdseed gradually. Spray your cookie sheet with the non-stick spray or line with the wax paper. Spread the bird feed evenly on the cookie sheet.  Use the cutters to cut out shapes.

An alternate method is to fill the cookie cutters by the spoonful, which is what we did.  First, place each cookie cutter on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Next, you want to fill the cutters to the top and pack it so the mix is nice and thick.


bird seed cookies

So, we used my spring cookie cutters, which include a birdhouse, bird, and the sun to create the treats. However, use whatever you have on hand.  The kids will enjoy using whatever you have.  Nothing is off limit.  Once the cookies have been created, use a straw to make a hole at the top of each cookie.  As a matter of fact, allow the treats to harden over night before you set them out.  You can place them in the freezer to help things along.  You can also store them in the freezer for future use.  Unfortunately, these cookies don’t do well in the summer.  They fall apart easily.

However, once the cookies have set place a piece of twine through the hole of each cookie so you can hang them. Place them on tree branches and bushes, and go bird watching.  My grandchildren think the cookies are cool, and enjoy watching the birds eat the treats through the windows.  Cold, snowy days with a warm fire make the best bird watching days.


bird seed cookies


Last, making bird seed cookies is a fun activity to make throughout the year.  Most importantly, it’s a great way to get the kids involved in gardening and nature.  So, be sure to make extra.  You can keep them in the freezer and use them to feed your feathered friends throughout the year.  Don’t forget to make a few for friends who love to bird watch too.  They make great gifts.

You may also like:  How To Bring Backyard Birds To Your Feeder




  1. What fun but I do have to be careful because of my cats. They like the birds, too!

  2. @cooknwoman – Now that's interesting.  I didn't know dogs liked peanut butter.  I don't have a dog, but I would love to see how they turn out. 

  3. That's wonderful! I hope I will be able to do the same. I'm hoping to make homemade peanut butter dog bones too 🙂

  4. @cooknwoman – Thank you.  I love my grandkids.  We had some much fun making the cookies. We will be making them again for the winter. 

  5. Great recipe- thanks!  What fun with the grand kids – they are so cute and look like they are really having fun 🙂

  6. @J – I enjoy time with my grandchildren.  I'm always looking for fun activities to do with them.  I love your idea on giving the cookies to bird loving relatives as gifts.

  7. That activity is so sweet on several levels. First, just the time those cute kids spent with you. Then the crafting skill, and finally the compassion for animals you've demonstrated. I'm going to use your recipe. It's a lot less messy than the one with just peanut butter and seed – and yours can be given as gifts to bird loving relatives, too!