Hot cross buns are a classic Easter favorite, but they are just as delicious year-round. Whether you’re celebrating the holiday or just looking for a sweet treat, these hot cross buns recipes are sure to hit the spot.
From classic hot cross buns to inventive variations with chocolate chips, cranberry, or coconut, these recipes have something for everyone. We’ve rounded up the best of the best so you can make your own hot cross buns at home.
From easy-to-follow recipes to unique flavor combinations, these are the hot cross buns recipes you won’t want to miss. Get ready to enjoy the best hot cross buns of your life!
Recipes By Carina
Brioche Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
These Brioche Chocolate Hot Cross Buns are just as delicious as Traditional Hot Cross Buns but with the addition of decadent dark chocolate!
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Crumbs and Caramel
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns
Tender, warmly spiced, and studded with bits of melty chocolate, these vegan hot cross buns are a fun and delicious spin on a traditional favorite. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, these buns are a treat enjoyed by everyone!
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine raisins, currants, orange juice, and orange zest in a microwave-safe container. Heat for 30 seconds on high power, stir, and heat for another 15 seconds. Set aside to cool.
In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup warm milk (100°F - 105°F) and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir to dissolve, then sprinkle yeast on top and stir lightly. Let sit at room temperature until foamy, about 10 minutes.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together 3 ½ cups of flour, ¼ cup sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Pour in bloomed yeast, butter, eggs, egg yolk, and remaining ½ cup of warm milk. Mix the dough with the paddle attachment until well blended.
Add the raisin mixture to the dough and mix. Switch to a dough hook, knead on low, and gradually add ½ cup of flour, one tablespoon at a time, until dough is slightly sticky but doesn't stick to your fingers.
Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel, and let it rest in a warm, draft-free location for 2 hours or until doubled in size.
Gently press down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Form into a log, cut into 16 equal-sized pieces, and shape each into a ball. Arrange balls on the prepared pan about 1 inch apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk together egg white and 1 tablespoon of milk and brush each bun evenly with the egg wash.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let buns cool on a wire rack before icing.
Whisk together powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon milk until smooth. Adjust consistency with ¼ tsp of milk if necessary. Pipe or spoon the icing onto each bun in the shape of a cross. Serve and enjoy!
Dark Chocolate and Cardamom Hot Cross Buns with Chocolate Pastry Cream Cross
Dark Chocolate and Cardamom Hot Cross Buns with Chocolate Pastry Cream Cross. These are the perfect twist on the traditional hot cross bun - the dough is soft and smooth, and the pastry cream cross adds a beautiful fudgy finish to the bun. These are a must make this Easter!
Surely nothing says Easter quite like Hot Cross Buns and they’re easier than you might think. This easy Hot Cross Buns recipe, filled with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries is the perfect thing for Easter brunch.This recipe has rising time - plan ahead.
Why settle for traditional hot cross buns when you can have chocolate hot cross buns? Soft, aromatic and filled with chocolate chips, these are the buns you need to make at Easter time. Serve them warm with lashings of butter for the ultimate treat!
These Hot Cross Buns are perfect for celebrating Easter. I'll walk you through how to make these sweet yeast buns from scratch. This recipe can be cut in half if desired.Be sure to check out the how-to VIDEO at the bottom of the recipe!
Dough recipe adapted from Molly Wizenberg's cinnamon rolls
There are two ways to make these in advance:
1. You could do the initial mixing at night and let the dough rise overnight in the fridge. This requires a little bit of work in the morning — punching down the dough , shaping, letting ri...