Viennese Whirls

Last night I came home from work craving my pajamas, a lazy take away and a evening in front of the TV with Kris and the cats.  Those plans were scuppered by you, Sky Arts.  For some reason or another, the Sky Arts film crew were filming a scene for an upcoming drama in the courtyard outside of my garden.  There were huge lights, cameras, generators and lots of people milling around just beyond my little garden fence.  Realising I wasn’t going to get the quiet relaxing night I so craved I took myself to the kitchen for a little therapeutic baking and to keep an eye on what was going on outside, of course.  

The result of my baking were these yummy little Viennese Whirls.  Viennese Whirls were a constant favorite in my childhood home.  The cream, the jam, the delicate crumbly biscuit I mean, what’s not to love?!  Sunday morning always saw us gathered round a plate of the adorable cookies, the Sunday papers scattered over the dining room table and a huge pot of tea surrounded by five mugs.  There’s something about a Viennese Whirl I find so comforting, I just felt I had to delve back into my past and recreate those lazy Sunday mornings I used to love so much. I mean, I wasn’t getting my lazy Saturday night so made damn sure to get my relaxed Sunday morning.

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Viennese Whirls

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  • 250g unsalted butter, very soft
  • 250g plain flour
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 50g cornflour
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 160C and line a baking tray with parchment.  Take a circular cutter, around three inches in diameter and trace 16 circles onto the parchment around one centimeter apart.  Flip the parchment over so the ink is on the bottom.
  2. Place the butter, sugar ad flours into a food processor and pulse to combine.  Once the dough starts to come together scrape the dough into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.  Pipe whirls of dough onto the lined baking tray using your stencils as a guide.
  3. Bake cookies for 15 minutes, or until just golden and allow to cool on the tray.  Once cool sandwich the cookies together using butter cream and jam.  Eat with a pot of tea and the Sunday papers.  Slippers are essential. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: British


  1. Kailey
    January 29, 2012 / 11:53 am

    Oooh my goodness – these look angelic! *__*

  2. Emily Alice
    January 29, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    Mmm I saw the hairy bikers make some the other day and fancied trying them – I can honestly say I've never eaten a viennese whirl! They look yum though.Might have a baking day today :)

  3. Manderley de GuindillayCanela
    January 29, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    so yummm!:)

  4. Jo
    January 29, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    I've had a craving for viennese whirls this month and this post has reminded me that I still haven't made them! Yours look so delicate and beautiful. I love them all stacked together.

  5. Mel
    January 29, 2012 / 2:15 pm

    Hmm these look delish. I always enjoyed a Mr Kipling one, but I bet home made is ten times better!

  6. Baking Addict
    January 29, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    These look amazing!! They are one of my favourites too and I remember eating lots from M&S. I really should try making my own.

  7. Baking Addict
    January 29, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    These look amazing!! They are one of my favourites too and I remember eating lots from M&S. I really should try making my own.

  8. Janice
    January 29, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    Brilliant and fabulous food styling. I just love that first photo.

  9. Kate@whatkatebaked
    January 29, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    Oh I do love a whirl..the soft, buttery, crumbly biscuit- yours look so more-ish Katie! Did you find out what they were filming?

  10. Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog
    January 29, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    These look so perfect!!! I'm so jealous…I must make these now!Nom! x

  11. Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    January 29, 2012 / 7:01 pm

    I love those cookies, Katie! Never tried adding jam with the filling tough.. Yumm!

  12. Helen
    January 29, 2012 / 8:57 pm

    Hmm they look lovely and SO perfect! Was the dough hard to pipe? I made some nutella cookies similar to this, but they were so very hard to squeeze through the nozzle.

  13. Katiecakes
    January 29, 2012 / 10:19 pm

    Oh Helen, it was so tough! Had to do it in small batches as the dough was so stiff!!Katie xoxo

  14. Charis
    January 29, 2012 / 10:30 pm

    Oh my gosh I love these! It would never have occurred to me to make them though.

  15. nancy
    January 29, 2012 / 10:44 pm

    oh wow, these look great! I love your description of Sunday mornings – a pot of tea, Sunday papers, and a plate of delicious biscuits. Reminds me of Sundays with my parents 🙂

  16. Lora
    January 30, 2012 / 1:30 am

    These are so beautiful. I love them!

  17. Lottiesworldofcakesandbakes
    January 30, 2012 / 5:19 pm

    These look so beautiful and delicious!

  18. Lucy
    January 30, 2012 / 5:43 pm

    These look so delicate and moreish! love the photos – so pretty.

  19. Caroline
    February 3, 2012 / 11:30 am

    These look amazing! 🙂 Your blog is making me hungry! Definitely going to give the recipe a go! x

    • Anonymous
      June 20, 2016 / 6:33 pm

      Hi they look lovely don't have a food processor can i still do then in my mixer x

  20. Shyamalika Nagendra
    July 1, 2016 / 10:35 am

    I just tried this recipe out. I must say that they taste heavenly! Just that piping them was a job for two pairs of hands. Phew! Is there anyway to make it a wee bit easier? Could I add more milk to loosen the dough or will it ruin the texture?

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