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Hot Cross Buns with Chocolate Chips

Fluffy and fragrant homemade hot cross buns filled with melted chocolate chips to please the kids as well as the adults! Better than store bought, there's just something about warm and fresh homemade breads! The best part? No proofing yeast! This recipe is so easy!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Easter
Cuisine: British
Servings: 15 Buns
Calories: 329kcal
Author: Karina


  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour, or all purpose or plain
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) instant or rapid rise yeast, (quick-rise yeast)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) sugar, caster or superfine sugar preferred
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 cup warm milk, 12.6 fl. oz or 375 ml, (temperature at 110°F (45°C)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, (60 g)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, (mini or regular)


  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 1 tablespoon hot water


  • Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add the yeast, sugar, salt and spices and mix well to combine. 
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk and butter. Stir the liquid into each other, then add in the egg. Mix with a wooden spoon then bring the dough together with your hands, pressing into it until it forms a sticky ball. (If the dough is too dry add a little water in tablespoon increments (up to 1/2 cup if needed) until the dough is just sticky to touch.)
  • Transfer dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and springy.
  • Transfer dough back into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap (or a clean, damp tea towel). Leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour depending on how warm the room is).
  • Lightly grease a large baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Punch down dough and transfer onto lightly floured surface. Sprinkle with 3/4 of the chocolate chips and knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Divide dough into 12 or 15 even portions (depending on how many buns you need). Roll each piece into round smooth balls and arrange on baking sheet, leaving space between each bun to allow them to rise. Press remaining chocolate chips on top of each bun.
  • Cover with plastic wrap (or damp tea towel) and place in a warm place once again to prove for 20-30 mins, until doubled and just touching. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • When oven is hot, bake buns for 20 minutes until they are golden brown and sound hollow inside when tapped.


  • Melt the remaining chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Transfer chocolate to a ziplock bag and snip a small hole in a bottom corner (the larger the hole the wider the crosses will be).
  • Allow buns to cool slightly and pipe crosses onto your buns. Allow them to set before glazing.


  • Mix together the jam and warm water to combine, and brush the glaze evenly over each bun using a pastry brush.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.9mg