Nan’s Homemade Viennese Biscuits

These are the biscuits I used to eat at my nan’s house. I wanted to pass on some family recipes to my children so we started with this melt-in-your-mouth shortbread. If you’d like to see the step-by-step cooking video, you can watch it here


250g  unsalted butter, at room temperature

¼ cup castor sugar

½ tsp vanilla

1 ¾ cup plain flour

¼ cup cornflour

200g chocolate, melted

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Makes: 15-20


Preheat fan-forced oven to 160°C.

Cream butter and sugar with electric beaters on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla, and beat until combined.

Fold in sifted flour. Fill a piping bag fitted with a fluted tube.

Pipe into straight lengths or different shapes on a lightly greased oven tray.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Cool on trays.

Leave plain or dip one end in melted chocolate.


To ensure the mixture is soft enough to pipe, put the bag with the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds.

See the video here

Words: Karen Miles