Friday, February 20, 2009

Simple Cooking: Gone to the Birds

I'm lonesome for spring, so today I began playing with a bird theme for Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. I remembered seeing darling heart-shaped biscuits for Valentine's Day at Jain's blog, Once In A Blue Moon, and I was inspired to make "bird biscuits," using canned biscuits.

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song."
-- Chinese Proverb

"The bluebird carries the sky on his back."
--Henry David Thoreau

"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds."

"Simple Bird Biscuits"

  • canned biscuits (I used Pillsbury Grands)
  • bird-shaped cookie cutter
  • 1/4 stick melted butter
  • pastry brush
  • chopped parsley
  • chocolate dot (for the eyes)

Procedure: Dust a little flour onto a sheet of waxed paper. Use a rolling pin to gently flatten biscuits (roughly the size of your cookie cutter). Bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes or when browned.

Remove from oven. Brush biscuits with melted butter. Press chocolate eye into the appropriate spot. Garnish with parsley.

And that's it!

“I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.”
--E. E. Cummings


"A messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, and this kitchen is delirious."

(Quotes from


  1. These lil' birdys would be perfect for an Easter brunch.

    Sweet Wishes,

  2. We are currently "snowbirding" in Florida but I am making these with my grandaughters as soon as we "fly" back. Thank you for sharing.

  3. How cute is this idea for biscuits! I just love it, and it's so easy! Oh...and I loved your birds and eggs centerpiece! Have a great weekend!

  4. How clever, birds out of biscuits? I'm lucky to get them on a plate.:)
    Oh I'm going to love visiting you. LOL


  5. OMG, these were so adorable! I can't believe you even thought to do this. Birdie biscuits!

    Justine :o )

  6. Good Morning Gollum... These little tweeters are so adorable... This is one of the many reasons I blog... GREAT ideas... My grandkids will love cookie cutter biscuits... The possibilities are endless... Thanks for the idea my friend... Love YA


  7. Jain sent me The Shack and I love the analogy of the birds in it..

    I also love your quote about the messy kitchen..your mezzaluna looks so big!My little boys would love your birds.

  8. Good Morning Dear Gollum,

    I am so tired of this cold, winter weather. :( I'm trying to think spring, but Mother Nature just won't co-operate. I've been busy cooking and baking goodies for our son, who has been visiting this week, to take back home with him. I love having him here,(he's the one with my Mother's eyes):) so at least that makes my heart feel warm. ;)

    Love your little birds, I just won some on eBay, that I had, but were broken over the years. I'm so happy to be able to replace them. Have a great weekend.


  9. Those bird bisquits are the cutest things ever! And being a magpie, I might just have to borrow the idea for those very shiny objects. ;-)

    Thanks for sharing, Gollum. These really are cute as can be, and that PEEP plate has my heart doing a happy dance. Very, very cute.


    Sheila :-)

  10. I just popped over to your blog as a result of looking at someone else's pages. How fabulous! I'll be back later this evening to really enjoy what you have's wonderful!

  11. I thought exactly the same as 'Sara'. So perfect for Easter!
    (Love the quotes.)

    Congratulations also to the those who won the doorprizes.

  12. Those are so cute, and look easy enough that I may attempt them. I tend to be baking handicapped lol. And I love the "peep" plates. And the "delirious" quote - still giggling. Kathy

  13. you know i have already been quacking about your peeps. just adorable, and that hint of chocolate, its just so special and you! bread and chocolate, i hear its stuff dreams are made of! darling dishes, tables, birds, ducks, girl you are having a flock of fun!

    thank you for all my green eyed info on your dishes and cake stands~

    thank you for hosting ff and for so many sweet gifts to your friends and followers, beyond generous, all in the spirit of fun! yes, the internet can be such a fun safe place to play~

  14. These are so cute! The G'kids would love these. Very clever!

    I bought canned biscuits for my next Foodie Friday project. My idea isn't as creative as yours, though.

  15. Totally love it! You are so creative...I have to check out FOODIE FRIDAY...everything looks so yummy..I think you should do Bloggie Catering!

  16. Good Morning Gollum! Your birdies are precious! Your table beautiful! I know what you mean about Spring! It's that time of year here,...Spring one day and brutal Winter the next! Just about the time the azaleas start to bloom we may get snow! I rushed out to cut the jonquils blooming before they got hit by the cold snap we're getting! I may post a picture of them! God Bless! Lauralu :)

  17. How cute! I don't feel so bad about my kitchen now, if a messy kitchen is a happy kitchen. Have a great weekend. :)

  18. They're so cute! Love the centerpiece too!

  19. These are too sweet! Considering I have a bit of a bird fetish, I imagine that they'll appear on my table at some point! Congratulations again on a super successful Foodie Friday! Nancy

  20. The biscuits were inspired by Jain's Valentine heart biscuits.

    My granddaughter will be here in May, and I hope to bake lots of cookies (maybe without icing,, though, lol) and biscuits with barnyard shapes.

    Does anyone else have trouble with cookies and biscuits "melting" and morphing when they're cooking? I wonder if I should chill them beforehand?? Does anyone have suggestions?

  21. You are just way too smart and way too creative, and I know you must have more hours in your day than I do in mine! Those birds are absolutely adorable. What a smart idea! And that glimpse of your centerpiece looked extrodinary! I can't wait to make some bird biscuits. Thank you for sharing all of your talents. laurie

  22. Morning, Dear Gollum! Oh, how wonderful! I love these little birdie biscuits! I'll have one please! They would look so cute during Easter! I'm so glad to see your messy sink! You had me worried! lol
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  23. What a charming way to do biscuits for spring. I do cakes and cookies and have just about every type cutter imaginable, and plan to have a little biscuit fun!!!!
    Loved your post!

  24. Adorable bisquits! :-) My whole house has been delirious lately!
    :-) Susan

  25. What a sweet idea. And how perfect for a fun breakfast for the little ones.

    Happy Saturday to you...
    from Roberta Anne

  26. This is the greatest thing I've ever seen and I am gonna do this for my little grands at Easter.
    Gollum, you continually amaze me by all your energy. Here you are knee deep in writing a book and yet you find time for this awesome blogging you do, cooking, taking care of your family. You are so so awesome and I love ya!

  27. ******TOOOOO Fabulous~~~ YES, your talents are just DIVINE & TOOOO FABULOUS, dear GG! I'll "DITTO" what ONCE IN A BLUE MOON wrote, if I may!!!****** XOXO

  28. Dearest G - these are so darling. I love this idea and hope you do not mind if I "borrow" it one day. can't wait to see your tablescape b/c I love bird's too. Which is ironic b/c I have so many cats! eek! :-D Hope your weekend is going well. Its so good to see you posting again. Hugs, Barb
    ps - your sink lookes like mine does right now after lunch. sigh!

  29. What a fantastic idea. I love it. I can't wait to make these. Don't you just hate to clean up after a great meal! YOur basket with the eggs, candles and birdhouse is just adorable. Hugs, Marty

  30. What a fantastic idea. I love it. I can't wait to make these. Don't you just hate to clean up after a great meal! YOur basket with the eggs, candles and birdhouse is just adorable. Hugs, Marty

  31. Hi Gollum! These have to be the most adorable biscuits ever! I'm definitely going to do these for Easter! And sorry to say, my kitchen isn't the only delirious room in my house!

    My Hello Cupcake book has arrived & I want to thank you soooo much for sending it to me! It has some terrific ideas I can't wait to try out ~ will post pics when I decide what I can make without "flopping" too bad!

    Happy PINK Saturday!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  32. *** BTW, GG~~~ I PARTICULARLY loved one of your quotes, altho it didn't pertain to MY kitchen ALOT, b/c I don't really "COOK FANCY" THAT much anymore, but it sure DID pertain to my study, where I seem to "live", and, which I-S nowadays "DELIRIOUS"!!! Thanks for the great "description", as WELL as the chuckle! (You ALWAYS just seem to "get it right", kiddo, and we all just Love you!!!) ~~~ XO, Linda

  33. Those biscuits are adorable! Great idea. :D Jewel

  34. BIRDIE BISCUITS!!!!! How do you think of these wonderful things! You amaze and delight me! Now, biscuits with chocolate???? oh heaven! Love, Pinky

  35. These are just darling birds, Gollum! Thanks for the instruction on how to make them...Christine

  36. *Just came back to make sure I get the recipe, & clicked on the pic w/ your centerpiece, just to treat myself to a better "look-see"~~~~~ It's even CUTER than I ORIGINALLY thought, w/ the BIRD n' the TURTLE on the fab "candle twigs"!!! Uber fab!!!)~~~

  37. These are just too cute and so easy to make- who would have thought! Oh course you would!


  38. Fabulous idea to shape the biscuits as birds for Spring, and I loved all the quotes -- I collect quotations so I appreciate that you posted the links to the web sites you used.

  39. Michael, regarding your question about cookies and biscuits. As most recipes will tell you to refrigerate, it could be just the bakings sheets you are using. Have you tried the air-insulated ones? (Two sheets of aluminum with a layer of air between them. Only thing is you cannot submerge them in water.) Hope this helps.

    (Am going to pass this idea of 'The Peepers' along to my daughter. They are so cute!)

  40. I just love the birds! What a great idea! I might borrow it for my granddaughter's 3 year old Birthday tea party! When my girls were small, we would pinch off a piece of a canned bisquit and deep fry and sprinkle powdered sugar on them. I wonder if this would work with the birds! Thanks for all your kind words on my blog, and I am so behind blogging with my grandchildren here every day for weeks. I am so glad the baby got to go back with the Mama goat, we had a time getting our little up the first day. He so cute, he stands on my dog's back or lays on her. I got to go see what all the dish things were about at Marshall's and TJ Max! Doc says I can driv 10 min. The stores are 50 min. away, Hubby took me,I had a blast!
    Now I want to go back, I met a lady that lives near me, we were both lookig at rooster dishes, she showed hers eggs, and I had a fit! For they are the Arucana chicks I want, I got a name to where to buy them and silkies, its 5 miles from me. lol Ok I had four women ganged up on me, that down loaded my blog and was showing everyone! I even found out about another store that carries the same line, that closer to me, and on the way to Doc! yeah I can't wait! I want to drive away so bad!lol I had a bad fall, Big impact, to forehead, leg, arms you name it I am black and blue. Better today, and wonderful to get out!


  42. How do you do it all? Tell me the secret, please?

  43. What a great idea. I have never thought of using cookie cutters on biscuits. My kids will love this!

  44. Hi Gollum! I never thought about taking readymade dough and making shapes! You have opened up a whole new world for me! lol My grandson would love this! Hope you are having a great weekend...looking forward to next weekend at Foxtails!! hugs...Debbie

  45. How cute those would be for Easter!! I'm going to have to try to remember that idea.

  46. Love it, and the quotes as well. I am going to definitely do this for Easter. How about shamrocks for St. Paddy's? Your home looks so beautiful and gracious even with a "sinkful". Pam

  47. This is my first time visiting your blog and it will not be the last. Love all of your post. The bird biscuits and the cookie redo's both look easy and yummy.

    Have a happy day


  48. Cutest biscuits ever! I am thinking adding a little garlic butter and parsley or italian seasoning, yum! Thanks for you wonderful ideas! Sue

  49. I made these this morning! Well, mine were ducks. My children LOVED them! Thank you so much for the idea!!! You rock

  50. Hi.
    This is the first time i have been over to your place.
    Those biscuits are adorably cute, and I love the quotes you added about birds.

    If you like birds, you may like my bird nest giveaway for my 100th post. I make my own nests and also have a tutorial on it in January.The 28th is the last day to enter.

    Off to enjoy more of your lovely site.

    Barbara Jean