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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns on a wood board with confetti all around.
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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

These Chocolate Hot Cross Buns are so easy to make. These are my daughter's personal favourite. She requests them as often as possible.
Prep Time2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate hot cross buns, hot cross buns
Servings: 12
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Kim Beaulieu


For the buns:

For the glaze:


For the buns:

  • Cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Place all of the ingredients for the buns in your bread machine pan in the order listed. Turn the machine on the dough setting. Hit start and allow it to do its thing.
  • When the bread machine is done, remove the dough and set on lightly floured surface.
  • Divide the dough into about 18 pieces. Shape into round, slightly flat buns. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets. Cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes, so they double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl, whisk until combined. Brush this on the buns, lightly. Make cuts into buns to make little crosses.
  • Place the cookie sheets in the oven, bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Remove from oven when they appear golden.

For the glaze:

  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl, whisk until combined. You can add more confectioners sugar if it needs to be thicker, or you can add more milk if it needs to be less thick.
  • Now drizzle with the glaze while the buns are still warm if you are eating them hot (my daughter's preference)
  • If you prefer to serve them at room temperature you can allow them to cool completely on cooling rack.
  • Then make thick icing instead of a glaze, all you do is increase the amount of confectioners' sugar to get a thicker consistency. Put in a piping bag and pipe little crosses on each bun.
  • Serve with a big old chocolate loving smile!


Originally posted on January 2, 2015.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 2mg