I’ve had some people ask me for my “Suet Cookies for Santa” recipe.
It’s a long held family recipe (one season now) but I’ve decided to share it with my faithful chicken-loving readers.
Suet Cookies for Santa
(suitable for birds only)
- Take a block of suet (I particularly like to use the peanut and seed variety) these can be found in most stores that carry garden supplies.
- Place the suet on a flat plate and warm it in the microwave for 10 second intervals – you want the block to be a little soft so that it won’t crumble when you cut it.
- Once the block has been warmed (again not melted) using a cookie cutter cut out your shape. I used a tree cookie cutter. Due to the large peanuts in my suet a shape with small sharp corners (like a star) would not have worked.
- Use a butter knife to smooth off any rough edges and repaste any bits that may have fallen off.
- Decorate with what you have handy – in our case I used dried cranberries and parsley leaves.
- Take whatever photos you want and then break into crumbles and let the chickens have at it.
Just as a point of interest, before I did this I checked around to see if it was safe to feed chickens suet, after all I’ve always been told to feed them all our vegetable kitchen scraps but to stay away from feeding them meat and eggs. But, I wondered if seed eating birds could eat suet, why couldn’t the chickens?
The general consensus is that a little bit of fat (even if it’s animal fat), especially in the winter is not going to do them harm and in fact it might do them some good as they use a lot of body energy to stay warm. Too much fat however could harm them if they become obese so please think of these cookies as celebration food only.