Since Saint Francis’ love and reverence of animals and nature,as illustrated in his Canticle to Brother Sun and Sister Moon, was so profound, we let it lead us in celebrating his life this year. On the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the children thought it would be wonderful for our animal friends to enjoy a lovely fall treat of Bird Seed Cookies.
Although these are not edible to humans, we sure did have a fun time making them for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
If you would like to treat your animal friends with a gift, too, first gather some flour, water, corn syrup and wild bird seeds.
Add 3/4 of a cup of flour to a large mixing bowl.
Slowly pour in 3 tablespoons of corn syrup. (Light or dark, doesn’t matter– The birds and squirrels will love either one just the same!)
Then pour in 1/2 of a cup of water.
Slowly mix the three together.
(Of course it is always best when mixed by small hands that are willing to help!)
The dough should be very sticky and slightly loose.
With a foil lined cookie sheet at hand, scoop out the dough into 1/4 cup mounds.
Press gently so that the mounds are flattened out a bit. Take care not to flatten too much or the cookies will be too fragile to lift off of the foil later.
Once the mounds have been carefully flattened, make a small circle in the middle by gently pushing the dough apart. This will result in a Tonsure shape in honor of Brother Francis!
Once all of the dough has been shaped into Tonsures, you can either let the cookies dry out in the open air over night, or, like we did, place them in a warm oven for about 30 minutes, flipping gently halfway through.
Once your cookies are dry, thread a string of sisal through the middle of the Tonsure.
This will allow your treats to be hung from trees and plants for the world’s creatures to enjoy!
After all of your treats have been placed out for the creatures, be sure to sit back and watch as they enjoy their scrumptious treats!