Viennese Whirls

Viennese Whirls


viennese whirls

As an avid baker it will come as no surprise that The Great British Bake Off is one of my all-time favourite TV shows. So much so that I declined a free drinks event with work just so I could be sat in front of the telly at 8pm last week for the start of Season 7! I really am obsessed. I haven’t hedged my bets on anyone to win just yet, but I love Benjamina already! And Val, she’s a legend!

So with the trailer for the second episode already on our screens I thought I’d whip up a treat to get us in the mood. Viennese whirls are one of my favourite biscuits to make, and after perfecting my recipe over the years I think I’ve got it down.

Crumbly, buttery and with a sharp tang of jam to cut through – it’s just the perfect teatime treat!

viennese whirls

The key to good viennese whirls I think is the dough consistency. Too runny and your biscuits will be so crumbly you’ll struggle to spread the filling on. But too thick and your biscuits will have a claggy texture and won’t crumble nicely. Its a delicate balance.

To get to this ‘perfect’ consistency, you’ll need to add the right amount of milk. Now this is tricky as I can’t really give an exact amount aside from saying between 1 and 1.5tbsp’s. Because it all depends on the dough at the time. I made these a few months ago and was certain that 1.5tbsp’s was the perfect amount, but when I made these on Saturday I only needed 1tbsp. I know you’ll be thinking that its hardly a huge difference, but it honestly counts so much!!! Add a little at a time, giving the dough a mix and assess if you need more. You want the dough to be smooth but not thick enough that it won’t pipe easily.

I have been known to get the dough into the piping bag, start to pipe, realise its the wrong consistency and dump it all back into a bowl to try again. It happens!

viennese whirls

I make the dough in a food processor, mainly because its just so much quicker! But mixing by hand in a bowl is perfectly fine too.

What I really love about viennese whirls is how quick and simple they are to make. You can fancy a whirl at lunchtime, and be enjoying one with a cuppa for afternoon tea!

viennese whirls

Filling wise, its all about a simple vanilla buttercream and jam combo to me. I don’t even use an electric whisk for the buttercream. Just simple mixing with a wooden spoon. Basics at its best!

If you’re going to splurge on anything though, do it on the jam! Bonne Maman is a personal favourite, and it really makes the viennese whirls into such a treat!

So on with the recipe, and enjoy tucking into the viennese whirls whilst the bakers struggle on with biscuit week!

viennese whirls

Viennese Whirls

Aimee Field
Viennese whirls - the perfect teatime treat! This is my tried and tested recipe for a crumbly buttery biscuit, sweet buttercream and tangy jam!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Biscuits
Cuisine British
Servings 7 biscuits



  • 250 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 50 g cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1.5 tbsp milk depending on how runny/thick your dough is


  • 100 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 4 tbsp raspberry jam


  • For the biscuits: Preheat your oven to 190C/Fan 170C/Gas Mark 5. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper that you have drawn 14 circles on for guidelines. (I draw round a 6cm diameter cookie cutter for mine.)
  • If using a food processor, blitz the butter, sugar, flour, cornflour and vanilla extract until smooth. You may need to push the mixture down a little. Or add all ingredients to a bowl and beat together by hand.
  • Then add a little milk at a time until you reach a smooth piping consistency. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a star tip, and pipe circles onto the baking paper starting from the outside of the circle and working your way in.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until they are firm and pale golden brown.
  • For the buttercream: While the biscuits are cooling, begin to make the filling by beating the butter in a bowl. Once soft, add in the icing sugar and vanilla extract and beat again until smooth.
  • To assemble: Spread the jam on the flat side of half of the biscuits once they are completely cool. Then spread or pipe the buttercream onto the flat side of the remaining biscuits. Sandwich the biscuits together, and sprinkle with icing sugar if desired.
Keyword buttercream flowers, jam, Raspberry,, viennese whirls

11 thoughts on “Viennese Whirls”

  • 5 stars

    1st time I added a little milk, they came out under done
    2nd time I added a little less milk, still under done
    3rd time no milk but warmed the mix just enough to make it pipable……. Under done

    All 3 collapsed into a splodge even though I refrigerated before putting in the oven, and were a little claggy in the centre

    Any tips?

    • Hi Andrew,
      I’m so sorry you’re having such trouble with these! πŸ™
      All ovens are slightly different (I actually have an oven thermometer in mine just to check) so perhaps you need to increase the temperature slightly and they should cook better. Or perhaps even just increase the cooking time if they are coming out claggy.

      I hope that helps somewhat!

      Aimee x

  • 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe. My 9yo wanted to bake cookies and I suggested these, having recently rewatched that season of GBBO. The milk really helped the cookie dough get smooth and although it was a little challenging for her to pipe at first, it turned out really well. It also helped her to stick with it, knowing that the bakers on the show had a little trouble too. Food processor made it easy and quick. We appreciate you sharing the recipe!

    • Ah your comment has made my day! πŸ™‚ So pleased they turned out well, even with the slightly tricky piping! Thanks so much for commenting.
      Aimee x

  • What is the shelf life of these cookies. How long can I keep them at room temperature before the buttercream as compromise in the cookie gets stale?

    • Hi Janis,
      You can keep these at room temperature in an air-tight container for at least 4-5 days. Though in the height of summer, it may be a little less than that!
      Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚
      Aimee x

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