Most of us are familiar with edelweiss as the name a song from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”. Remember these lyrics: “Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me. Small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me?” This wild alpine plant with velvety flowers is the symbol of the Alps. Edelweiss blooms in the high altitude from July through September. So naturally, when one of our friends had to cancel their summer trip to Austria, we brought a little of Austria to them. Take a journey with us and learn how to make edelweiss cookies.

Let’s take a visual trip through the Austrian Alps before we begin for inspiration. There are so many sites to see!

  • Hallstatt, Austria by Anthony Kind
  • Austrian Castle by Filippos Sdralias
  • Piburger See, Austria by Paul Gilmore
  • Hallstatt, Austria by Joss Woodhead

The edelweiss flower is technically not a single flower but more than 50 to 500 florets clustered into yellow flower heads surrounded by wooly white leaves arranged in a star-like shape.

  • Edelweiss growing among rocks
  • Edelweiss flower
Supplies needed for Edelweiss Cookies:

We started our edelweiss cookies with a simple snowflake shape so that we could get lots of white leaves on the cookie.

  • On a snowflake cookie, outline 6 petal shaped leaves radiating from the center
  • Fill leaves with flood consistency and allow to set up for 15 minutes
  • In between the large leaves, pipe 6 small petals radiating out from the center
  • Immediately fill small leaves with flood consistency icing
  • Sprinkle center with white sanding sugar
  • Allow icing to set for 15 minutes
  • Pipe a dot of yellow icing in the center and six dots around it
  • Sprinkle center with sanding sugar for more texture
For the complete video on how to make edelweiss cookies, watch this: