Hot Cross Buns on a cooling rack

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are the perfect addition to your Easter celebration. They are soft and tender, lightly spiced with cinnamon, lemon, orange and filled with sweet craisins.
Course Bread/Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword hot cross buns
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 243kcal
Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 3/4 cup milk warmed to 110 degrees F
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 3 Tbsp butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup craisins
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp water


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest


  • Place yeast into warmed milk and allow to proof, about 5 minutes.
  • In your stand mixer, mix together butter, sugar, slat, egg, egg white, lemon zest, orange zest, cinnamon and flour.
  • Add in yeast mixture, mix and knead for about 5 minutes until dough is soft.
  • Place in a greased bowl and allow to rise until double, 40-60 minutes.
  • Punch down dough and place on a floured surface.  Divide into twelve balls.
  • Place dough onto a greased baking sheet and cover.  Allow to rise until rolls are doubled in size, about 30 minutes.  
  • Mix together egg yolk and and water and brush over the top of rolls.  Bake at 375 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until rolls are cooked through and golden brown.
  • Allow rolls to cool and then add crosses with frosting.
  • Mix together the powdered sugar, milk, orange juice, and lemon zest until you have a nice piping consistency.  Place frosting into a zip lock bag and clip off a corner of bag.  Pipe crosses onto rolls.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.6mg