Make Treats for Santa’s Reindeer – Birdseed Cakes {Reindeer Food Christmas Tradition}

Growing up my parents kept the wonder, imagination, and magic of Christmas alive through many family traditions – I fondly remember, still to this day.

Like many we always left fresh baked cookies and a glass of milk on the table for Santa and we also placed carrots on the porch for all the reindeer.

Even though my little guy still doesn’t talk, this year is the first year I can actually see the excitement and magic of Christmas in his eyes {and as a parent I am beyond thrilled}. In an effort to keep him engaged, I put a little twist on the traditional reindeer treats and came up with a project he could help prepare. These treats are not only for the hard working reindeer on Christmas eve – but double as much needed snacks for our feathered friends this time of year.

Ingredients Needed
Pre-mixed Birdseed
Knox Original Unflavored Gelatin
Molds (tin, plastic or silicone}
Cooking Spray
Sprinkles {optional}

Additional Supplies Needed
saucepan and spoon

Begin by mixing two envelopes of Knox Gelatin (approximately 4 tablespoons) to 1 Cup of water in a small saucepan. {depending on the size of the molds, you made need to double or triple the recipe}

Simmer on the stove top, on low, until the gelatin has completely dissolved – stirring frequently.

Pour 2 Cups of Birdseed into the gelatin mixture and stir until completely mixed.
The consistency of the mixture should look like the photo above. I have made several homemade birdseed treats in the past and have found this mixture to yields the best results.

A Wilton Round Brownie Pop Mold was used for this particular project, however any type of plastic, tin, or silicone mold will work to shape the treats. I always keep an eye out at thrift stores or yard sales throughout the year for neat shaped molds which work perfectly for these kind of projects.

Spray the mold with a coat of non-stick baking spray and scoop in birdseed mixture pressing lightly to pack down. {make sure the mixture is stirred frequently while scooping to distribute the excess liquid}

Chill for at least 2 Hours in the fridge.

To remove, turn the mold upside down and apply a little pressure until the treat is released. For a larger sized mold, you may need to run a butter knife around the edges to help release.

To make the treats a little more festive sprinkles can be added to the top – Simply pat the tip of the treat with a wet papertowel to adhere the sprinkles. {make sure what ever you use is edible and bird friendly…though glitter is pretty it is not safe for our feathered friends}

The treats can be pre-made and stored at a cool room temperature until ready to use.

Christmas eve line them up outside on your doorstep as a tasty treat for the Reindeer to enjoy while Santa is busy inside.

Just make sure you have enough for all nine reindeer.

Hope you are enjoying the magic of the season!


  1. This is such a cute idea! 🙂

  2. I loves this idea! I’ll let you know if I get a chance to make these for our feathered friends. Or the reindeer, whom ever get there first.

  3. We made these last year and hung them from the tree for the birds. The kids would love the idea of reindeer treats. How cute.

  4. Your winged friends will love these. Thanks for sharing the idea.
    ‘hugs from afar’

  5. Santa’s reindeer will sure be happy when they get to your house as long as the birds don’t eat them first. Such a fun idea.

  6. Thank you so much for this food/treat, I have many winged friends in my yard. This will be added to our food supply for them. Don’t thing I’ll get a visit from Santa this year cause I’ve been rather bad :(, but so much fun!

  7. These are too cute and I am so happy for you that your son can make these with you this year..The wonder and excitement in a childs face says it all…Christmas is magical..Have a great weekend..

  8. This is soo much cuter and more practical than just sprinkling the oatmeal and glitter all over the yard. I love this idea!

  9. I wanted to make bird seed treats, thanks for sharing this!

  10. Really very easy to make it. I must try it at home.

  11. What a super cute idea!!


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