momstown Mississauga moms and kids met this month to make Birdseed Cookies at our Little Scientists program. Little Scientists is a monthly program where we discover science principals and learn about how things work.
This month since it is the coldest part of winter we decided to feed our feathered friends and make Birdseed Cookies. We talked about what kinds of birds are around in the winter in Ontario and our scientists coloured some bird pictures while we were waiting for the moms to melt the ingredients together on the stove. For other bird crafts, check here.
Here's the recipe we used to make the Birdseed Cookies. Be aware of where you hang these cookies as the squirrels love to eat them too!
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1 packet plain gelatin
3/4 cup flour
4 cups birdseed ( we used a mix based on the types of birds in our Mississauga backyards)
Other Things You'll Need
Non-stick cooking spray
Spray inside the cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray and place them on waxed paper on top of a cookie sheet. Set aside.
In a large non-stick pan, bring water and corn syrup to a gentle boil.
Remove pan from heat and stir in gelatin to dissolve
Put flour into large mixing bowl, stir in hot liquid mixture until this forms a paste. Add hot water bit by bit to thin the mix into a thick batter consistency.
Quickly stir in bird seed and mix well until all the "glue" is evenly distributed among the seeds.
While mixture is warm fill cookie cutters with the birdseed, pressing firmly. It is important to press the mixture firmly to create a hard block of seed.
I've found the simpler the pattern of the cookie cutter, the easier it is. We used hearts.
After a minute or two gently shake the cookie cutters to release the shapes, and fill again. Recipe makes 8 - 10 depending on size of cookie cutter.
After a few minutes using a wooden skewer, gently make a hole in the cookie all the way through.
Once dry ( overnight ) cut out large pieces of twine to make hangers for the cookies, then hang them outdoors and watch for birds!