Rows of Viennese Whirls cookies on a wooden tray and powdered sugar dusting

Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies #SummerDessertWeek

Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies are a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth treat. They’re light as a feather, utterly scrumptious, and last but not least, really pretty!

These easy to make Viennese Whirls cookies are light in flavor, texture, and color!

I’ve been a big fan of The Great British Baking Show (find it on Netflix) for many years. It was in a technical challenge during season 4 that I first learned about, and fell in love with the look of Viennese Whirls.

I wasn’t sure why, but I knew those beautiful little swirled biscuits were calling my name. Now I know! I am going on record to declare these Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies my very favorite biscuit on earth!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies is available at the end of this post. 

Closeup photo of delicate Viennese Whirls cookies on a wooden board with a confectioners sugar dusting.

The ingredient list;

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This recipe is written in cups and not grams. Why?

Even though I do have a kitchen scale at my disposal, I don’t use it often.

Since recipes written in the US are measured by cups, I converted the recipe I found online for Viennese Whirls into cups and adjusted the measurements (as needed) to make the dough stiff enough to hold its shape, but not overly stiff which would make it too hard to pipe.

Closeup photo of a Viennese Whirl cookie sprinkled with confectioners sugar.
Just by looking at these Viennese Whirls, you can tell how light and delicate they are!

What is the purpose of cornstarch in a cookie recipe?

When cornstarch is combined with flour in a cookie recipe, it softens the gluten proteins of the flour and results in an exceptionally tender cookie.

This isn’t Mary Berry’s traditional Viennese Whirl biscuit recipe. Why?

It’s close, but I tweaked it just a tiny bit and put my Kudos Kitchen spin to it! I only added a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Nothing too drastic!

Check out Mary Berry’s Viennese Whirl Biscuit recipe.

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The easy instructions for making Viennese Whirls;

  • Cream the softened butter with the confectioner’s sugar.
  • Add the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Blend to combine.
  • Spoon the batter into a piping bag that has been fitted with a large star tip. *Note – to make this task easier, place the piping bag into a tall glass. Fold the piping bag down and spoon the dough into the bag.
  • Use a pencil to outline 2″ circles onto a parchment paper sheet.
  • Flip the parchment paper over so the cookie dough doesn’t come into contact with the pencil lead, and place the parchment paper onto a baking sheet. *Note – to prevent the parchment from slipping or lifting as you pipe the whirls onto the paper, add a small touch of dough onto the corners of the cookie sheet and press the parchment paper onto the baking sheet.
  • Pipe rosettes within the circle template drawn on the parchment paper. *Note – to pipe the rosettes, apply even pressure to the piping bag squeezing gently but firmly. Working from the outside to the inside in a circular fashion.
  • Chill the piped rosettes in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
  • Bake the Viennese Whirls for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are the faintest golden brown.
  • Remove to a baking rack to cool completely.
  • Once fully cooled, sprinkle each cookie with a dusting of confectioners sugar.

Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

5 from 3 votes
Tray of Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies
Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Chill Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

These easy to make pretty shortbread cookies are extra buttery and extra delicious.

Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 130 kcal
Ingredients
  • 14 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar plus additional for dusting
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Instructions


  1.  
    Cream the softened butter with the confectioner's sugar.









  2.     
    Add the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend to combine.










  3. Spoon the batter into a piping bag that has been fitted with a large star tip.

    *Note- to make this task easier, place the piping bag into a tall glass. Fold
    the piping bag down and spoon the dough into the bag.









  4. Use a pencil to outline 2" circles onto a parchment paper sheet.








  5. Flip the parchment paper over so the cookie dough doesn't come into contact
    with the pencil lead, and place the parchment paper onto a baking sheet. *Note
    – to prevent the parchment from slipping or lifting as you pipe the whirls
    onto the paper, add a small touch of dough onto the corners of the cookie
    sheet and press the parchment paper onto the baking sheet.









  6. Pipe rosettes within the circle template drawn on the parchment paper. *Note
    – to pipe the rosettes, apply even pressure to the piping bag squeezing
    gently but firmly. Working from the outside to the inside in a circular
    fashion.









  7. Chill the piped rosettes in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.








  8. Preheat oven to 375-degrees.








  9. Bake the Viennese Whirls for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are the
    faintest golden brown.





  10. Remove to a baking rack to cool completely.






  11. Once fully cooled, sprinkle each cookie with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.





Nutrition Facts
Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 106mg5%
Potassium 11mg0%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you this year for #SummerDessertWeek 2019.

Overhead photo of a wooden tray filled with Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies.
Light, airy, and ever so delicate. Viennese Whirls Butter Cookies will soon become a family favorite!
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10 Comments

  1. Brandy O'Neill

    5 stars
    Cookies that melt in your mouth are the best!

  2. Jennifer Farley

    5 stars
    Not only are these so pretty, but they are also so delicious!

  3. I love how pretty these cookies are! Perfect for parties and showers. Even better that they are delicious!

  4. I love how easy and simple these are to make! The ingredient list being short is a plus!

  5. 5 stars
    These look awesome! A new favorite at my house!

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