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Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

These Chocolate Chip Easter Hot Cross Buns are the softest we’ve ever had! You can totally eat them for breakfast. Or dessert. Or just as a snack.

You know Easter it’s coming once you see hot cross buns everywhere: every time you open Pinterest or read a food magazine.

Well, if my neighbors were not aware how close Easter is, for sure they know now…

The amazing smell of freshly baked hot cross buns coming through my kitchen, every week has everyone asking if I am starting a baking company.

Ha, ha! not quite…I cannot hold back, once March hits the road, I am baking them like crazy.

With so many different types of hot cross buns out there, it is really difficult to choose just one type.

Not for me 🙂

I always make Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns! No surprise here.  

These hot cross buns are so easy to make, packed with citrus flavor (I like to add some orange zest to the dough) and real chocolate pieces…absolutely irresistible!

I was really happy to discover mini Nestle chocolate chips on my local shop aisle (or maybe they were there for long time and I did not pay attention). These semi sweet morsels are just perfect sized for my hot cross buns!

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

You have to give them a try!

You will love the, I promise!

Just add a generous coat of good quality butter and enjoy!

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns


Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

Yield: 12 hot cross buns
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Leave the dough to rise: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 350 ml milk, warmed
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips


  • 1 teaspoon gelatine
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water


  • White Icing/ white chocolate


  1. In a medium size bowl mix warmed milk with dry yeast and sugar. Let it sit and rest for about 10-15 minutes until the yeast is dissolved and it becomes foamy.
  2. Separate, in a large bowl combine the flour and salt. Add melted butter, the yeast mixture, lightly beaten egg, orange zest and 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir, until a dough forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Return the dough to the lightly floured surface, add 1/2 cup chocolate chips left ad knead until they are incorporated into the dough. Divide into 12 portions and roll each one into balls.
  4. Grease/ line with baking paper a baking pan and place the dough balls, side by side. Set aside the pan for another 20 minutes to rise.
  5. Preheat oven to 400F/ 200C. Bake them for 20 minutes, or until golden.
  6. Remove from oven and set aside.
  7. To make the glaze combine gelatin and sugar, add boiling water, whisking continuously until totally dissolved. Brush buns with glaze. Be careful, if you add too much glaze, your buns will be soggy.
  8. For crosses, you can use melted white chocolate or white icing. Pipe lines across the buns to make them.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 8g

Veronika Sykorova

Wednesday 8th of March 2017

Do you deliver? haha looks so delicious!

Tjasa @ Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Friday 17th of April 2015

I love cross buns, I love how you added chocolate chips, everything with chocolate just tastes better :). Gorgeous photography, pinned.

Adore Foods

Monday 20th of April 2015

Thank you Tjasa!

Michelle { A Latte Food }

Friday 27th of March 2015

These look amazing! And your photos are absolutely beautiful! Pinned :-)

Adore Foods

Monday 6th of April 2015

Thank you Michelle!

Adore Foods

Friday 27th of March 2015

Thank you so much Michelle!

Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I love that you added chocolate to these hot cross buns! They look incredible. Your photos are just lovely, as always!

Adore Foods

Friday 27th of March 2015

Thanks Jen! Chocolate goes with everything these days :)

Thalia @ butter and brioche

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

These hot cross buns are perfect! I just love your photos of them especially.. you make me want to reach in and devour one (or two).

Adore Foods

Friday 27th of March 2015

Thank you so much Thalia! Wished I could send you one..or two! :)

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