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Simply Nutty Bird Treat


This bird treat is simple to make and is a guaranteed bird-pleaser. I based this recipe on one I found at the Baltimore Bird Club's suet page but have since modified it a bit with a dash of safflower seeds and a pinch of oilers. It's a great recipe to whip together in February, when food availability is dwindling and the winter weather has not loosened its grip in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup cracked corn
  • a handful of oilers (black sunflower seeds)
  • a handful of safflower seeds
  • plastic cups, containers, or pine cones


To prepare:
  1. Melt the peanut butter and shortening.
  2. Add the flour and mix until evenly combined.
  3. Mix-in the cornmeal and the cracked corn.
  4. Sprinkle the oilers and safflower seeds into the mixture and combine.
  5. Remove mixture from heat and transfer to a plastic container or onto a pinecone.
  6. Refrigerate until ingredients have cooled completely (about 3 hours).


This recipe was inspired by Sharon Smith's Sure-fire Suet Mix (Baltimore Bird Club).

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