Viennese Shortbread

Viennese Shortbread
The Viennese shortbread, or "Spritz", are small shortbread cakes, with a light vanilla taste and covered with chocolate.
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Last modified on: June 4th 2023

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 1 hour
Viennese Shortbread

Preparation of the dough

In a small bowl, pour 160 g butter cut into small pieces.

If the butter is cold (it comes out of the fridge), let it soften at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
Viennese Shortbread
Sift 50 g icing sugar over butter, then add 10 g Vanilla sugar.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
Viennese Shortbread
Mix with a wooden spatula until smooth.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
Viennese Shortbread
Add 220 g flour, 2 pinches fine (or table) salt and 30 g egg white.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
Viennese Shortbread
Mix until you have a smooth dough.

You can do this with a spatula again, or simply by hand, which is very quick.

Preheat your oven to 180°C (360°F).

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Viennese Shortbread
Put the dough in a pastry bag lined with a fluted tip.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Viennese Shortbread

Piping and baking

Pipe the dough onto a sheet of baking paper on a baking sheet in any shape or size you like.

If you have trouble because the dough is too hard, pop the piping bag into the microwave for a few seconds, or hold it between your hands, to soften it.

Stage 8 - 30 min.
Viennese Shortbread
Bake for about 30 minutes, be careful not to overcook them, the shortbread should remain soft.

Stage 9 - 30 min.
Viennese Shortbread
Let cool on a wire rack.

Set aside the baking sheet and the paper.

Stage 10 - 10 min.
Viennese Shortbread

Chocolate topping

Melt in a bain-marie or microwave oven 100 g dark chocolate.

I recommend using a small container with high sides, in this case a simple jam jar, it will be much easier to dip the cookies.

Stage 11 - 7 min.
Viennese Shortbread
Dip the end, or ends, of each cookie into the melted chocolate.

Stage 12 - 30 min.
Viennese Shortbread
Place them on the baking sheet, do this for all the shortbread and then put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Stage 13
Viennese Shortbread
Your Viennese shortbread is ready.
If your shortbread flattens out after baking, as in this photo, it's probably because you used a little too much butter.
sablé trop beurré
A few days in a jar or a closed metal box.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,740 Kcal or 11,472 Kj24 gr326 gr167 gr
137 %9 %31 %25 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
481 Kcal or 2,014 Kj4 gr57 gr29 gr
24 %2 %5 %4 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
183 Kcal or 766 Kj2 gr22 gr11 gr
9 %1 %2 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 15 pieces : 2.56 €
  • Per piece : 0.17 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Hazelnut and orange cake, Little lemon biscuits, Kouign-amann, Chocolate eclairs, Finger biscuits, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Langoustine gratin, Steamed leeks with morel sabayon, Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg, Noisette butter, Potatoes with prawns, ... All
Dark chocolateDark chocolate: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: "BN style" chocolate-filled biscuits, Brownies, Chestnut Fudge Cupcakes, Chocolate almond cookies, Chocolate cream, ... All
Icing sugarIcing sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pistachio "Financiers", Pistachio madeleines, Pink Reims biscuits, Santiago Cake, Saint Honoré cake, ... All
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