Hot Cross Buns

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!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword easter recipe, hot cross buns
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 buns
Calories 382kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 5 1/3 cups all purpose flour plus additional as needed (665g)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar 140g
  • 5 teaspoons instant yeast¹
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk 315ml
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 12 pieces
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten, room temperature preferred
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest optional
  • 2/3 cups dried currants or raisins


  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons water


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups (250g) flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and spices.
  • In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter until butter is melted and mixture reaches 120-125F (48-52C) (if the mixture becomes too hot, let it cool back down to the correct temperature range, otherwise you run the risk of killing your yeast).
  • Turn mixer to low speed and gradually pour liquid ingredients into dry. Once just combined, add eggs and stir until combined.
  • Stir in currants or raisins and orange zest, if using.
  • With mixer on low speed, gradually add remaining flour (415g) as needed (it's possible you will not need to use all of the flour) until dough attains a smooth elastic texture that’s tacky to the touch but not too sticky. The dough should be clinging to itself and pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Add additional flour if needed.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl. Roll dough through oil and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm, draft-free spot and allow to rise until doubled in size (usually 30-60 minutes). I usually preheat my oven at this point and place my dough on the top of my preheating oven, as that’s the warmest spot in my house.
  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and lightly butter a 9x13 pan. Set aside.
  • Once dough has risen, punch down and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Form into a log that’s 12” long and cut into 12 even slices. Form each slice into a round ball/roll and place rolls almost touching in prepared plan. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise again for 20-30 minutes.
  • Once rolls have finished their rise, combine large egg and 2 teaspoons of water in a small dish. Use a whisk or fork to beat until well-combined. Remove plastic wrap from rolls and use a pastry brush to brush the top of each roll with egg wash mixture.
  • Transfer to 350F (175C) oven and bake for 30-32 minutes or until rolls are golden brown and are firm and sound hollow when tapped on top. Allow to cool before covering with icing.


  • Prepare icing by whisking together powdered sugar, milk, and lemon juice. It should have a thick consistency that holds its shape for piping, if it’s too thin then add more sugar, if too thick then add more milk.
  • Spoon icing into a small piping bag or into a ziploc bag and snip one corner. Pipe crosses over buns.
  • Enjoy!



¹I have successfully made this recipe by substituting an equal amount of active dry yeast, just keep in mind that it will need to rise for longer.


Serving: 1roll with icing | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 9.1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.9mg