Traditional Scottish Recipes
- Viennese Whirls

Viennese Whirls are melt in the mouth biscuits (cookies) which are mass produced for sale in bakers and supermarkets in Scotland (and elsewhere in the world). But there is nothing to beat some which have been freshly baked in your own kitchen.

3 ounces (75g or stick) butter
1 ounce (25g) icing sugar (frosting)
3 ounces (75g or cup) plain flour
Few drops vanilla essence
Strawberry jam (for filling)
Pinch of salt

Cream the butter and sugar and vanilla essence together until it is light and fluffy.
Sieve (sift) flour and salt and then add to the butter and sugar mixture gradually. Beat well after each addition until the mixture is smoooth.
Using a one inch (2.5cm) star pipe, pipe stars of approximately 1 inch (3cm) diameter and no more than 1/8th inch (6mm) high onto a baking/cookie sheet on a baking tray.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the middle shelf of a preheated oven at 375F (190C or Gas Mark 5).
Spread a small amount of strawberry jam between the flat sides of two "whirls" to make them stick together. Dust with icing sugar (frosting).
As an alternative to dusting with icing sugar (frosting), you can dip about a third of each Viennese Whirls (with jam between them) in chocolate which has been melted slowly in a bowl heated in hot water.

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