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Make Easter Weekend Sweet With These Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Sweet treats start to abound alongside Easter dresses and spring flowers. Of course there are Peeps and coconut cakes aplenty. But nothing says Easter quite like hot cross buns.

This classic treat was originally an English custom. Queen Elizabeth I decreed that hot cross buns could only be sold on Good Friday back in the 16th century. Now these treats can be enjoyed the whole weekend long.

They start off as a basic yeast roll that gets amped up with raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. These classic rolls also include a thick, white cross pattern over the top to highlight the original Good Friday theme.

Hot cross buns become even more magical if you add chocolate chunks to the mix. The chefs over at Home Cooking Adventure pulled together a killer chocolate chunk recipe topped off with an apricot glaze. While these nuggets need time to rise, they are relatively easy to put together if you have guests you want to impress.


  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 7 oz semisweet chocolate chunks

For the crosses:

  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 3-4 tbsp water

Check out the helpful video tutorial below to create these gorgeous Easter-themed rolls:

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Make Easter Weekend Sweet With These Chocolate Hot Cross Buns