While you are enjoying the many tasty treats that abound this holiday season, don't forget to share some goodies with the birds. Decorating a tree for our feathered friends and other wildlife is an activity the whole family can enjoy.
Here are some fun and easy recipes for making treats for the birds.
1. Mix Bark Butter, suet and cornmeal together.
2. Stir in birdseed, raisins or peanuts if desired.
1. Secure a piece of heavy craft paper to the bottom of a pipe cleaner.
2. Place in muffin tin cup. Spoon in Suet Stuffing.
3. Repeat for each muffin cup.
4. Place the muffins in the freezer to harden.
5. Once hardened, remove from the tin and hang the suet muffins on a tree or, if temperature is above freezing, place in feeding stations.
1. Poke three holes in the edges of a hollowed-out grapefruit half.
2. Run twine through the holes.
3. Spoon Suet Stuffing into grapefruit; sprinkle WBU Deluxe Seed Blend on top, and place in the freezer to harden.
4. Once hardened, knot the strings at the top and the bottom to secure.
5. Hang outside near a window.
Wild Bird Seed Cookies (makes 2-3 dozen)
• 2 cups flour
• 1/2 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2/3 cup WBU Simply Suet® (pure rendered suet)
• 2 eggs
• 2/3 cup WBU Deluxe Seed Blend
• Macaroni elbows or Ditali pasta pieces as hangers
• 1 egg white for wash
• 1 cup WBU Deluxe Seed Blend for garnish
• Bird-shaped cookie cutters.
• Yarn or twine to hang cookies
1. Sift dry ingredients together.
2. Cut in suet with pastry blender or fork until crumbly.
3. Add eggs and mix.
4. Add WBU Deluxe Seed Blend.
5. Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead until smooth.
6. Wrap in wax paper, seal in plastic bag and chill for at least an hour.
7. Roll out on lightly floured surface to ¼” thickness.
8. Cut out bird shapes.
9. Press in macaroni piece towards the top of each cookie for ease in hanging.
10. Brush cookies with slightly beaten egg white.
11. Press more WBU Seed Blend over the top of each cookie.
12. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
13. Bake at 325° F for 12-15 minutes or until cookies harden.
14. Cool and hang.
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More BARK BUTTER Recipes
Bark Butter Treasures
When your WBU seed cylinders like Supreme Fare or Cranberry Fare get divots pecked in them by the birds, fill them with Bark Butter. I call these treasures and once the birds return to the cylinder, you'll see why!
Bark Butter Sandwich
1. Take two WBU Stackables (No-Mess, Fruit & Nut, or Nut & Suet) - I like to mix & match.
2. Put first Stackable on the center post of your cylinder feeder.
3. Next, put a THICK layer of Bark Butter (1" works great!) on top of the first Stackable and place second Stackable on post and serve.
My birds go after the Bark Butter first then work on the Stackables. If they clear out all or most of the Bark Butter before the Stackables are gone, I lift the top Stackable and just refill the Bark Butter.
Choose one WBU Stackable. Put a nice big layer of icing (Bark Butter) on the Stackable, then serve. If your birds are extra good, you can put sprinkles (seed) on top!
And just like real cupcakes, if the birds eat off the icing first, you can always put on another layer of icing, i.e., Bark Butter.
You can be creative and have fun with Bark Butter! And since Bark Butter has attracted 100 different species of birds, who knows what new species might show up at your Bark Butter creation!