A from-scratch hot cross buns recipe

Published Apr 3, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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These spicy little buns are traditionally served on Good Friday, but they go down easy any day of the year. This unique combination of cinnamon buns and dinner rolls offers a dense, rich snack that always tastes better when it’s made from scratch.

What are hot cross buns?

These soft, sweet, and spicy yeasted buns date back to the 12th century, and they’re often filled with unique combinations of spices or fruits for an extra special flavor. Hot cross buns are usually decorated with a small white cross on the top, signaling an age-old connection to religion and rituals that go back decades.

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This classic rendition of hot cross buns is sure to impress your guests, with a sticky and sweet outer shell and a soft middle that will melt in your mouth. Whether you’re craving hot breads or you're in search of the perfect traditional Easter food, this bun recipe can help you to get the job done.

Preparation time: 3 hours

Cooking time: 22 minutes

Calories: 155

Servings: 14

Bun ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 5 tablespoons cannabutter
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing ingredients

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice


  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowls
  • Stand mixer
  • Silicone spatula
  • 9x13 baking pan


  1. Combine the milk, yeast, and granulated sugar in a bowl with a whisk before transferring the mixture to a stand mixer and leaving it to sit for 5 minutes.

  2. Now add the brown sugar, eggs, spices, cannabutter, and 1 cup of flour to the mixer, and beat the ingredients at a low speed for 1 full minute.

  3. Use a spatula to scrape the dough away from the sides of the mixer before adding the raisins and leftover flour.

  4. Use the stand mixer to combine the ingredients at medium speed for 2 minutes or until the dough pulls away from the bowl as if it is drawn to itself.

  5. Continue to knead the dough with a stand mixer for another 2-3 minutes or until it is smooth and stretchy.

  6. Grease a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and then roll the dough into a ball before rolling it around the bowl to cover it in a thin layer.

  7. Cover the dough with a towel and leave it to rise for at least 2 hours at room temperature.

  8. Grease a large baking pan, and then shape the dough into 14 evenly sized rolls by hand, placing them side by side on the sheet with a fair amount of room to breathe.

  9. Now, cover the prepared buns with a towel once more and then leave them to rise for at least 1 hour.

  10. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  11. Use a sharp knife to cut a small cross into the tops of each bun, and then pop them into the oven to bake for 22-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the outside.

  12. Retrieve the hot cross buns from the oven and leave them on a cooling rack while you prepare the icing by combining both of the measured ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl.

  13. Use a tablespoon or a soft sauce brush to smother each of the buns in a thin layer of freshly made icing while they’re still warm. This will make it so that some of the sweet, sticky goodness is absorbed by the bread.

Your hot cross buns are now ready to serve and enjoy!

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