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Hot Cross Buns

A tradition at Easter for breakfast or a light lunch, hot cross buns are a delicious way to celebrate the holiday!

We found this tasty recipe from Taste of Home and it's sure to please all at your Easter table!

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Makes 2 1/2 Dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast

  • 2 cups warm whole milk (110° to 115°)

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup dried currants

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons water


  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 4 to 6 teaspoons whole milk


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. In a large bowl, combine eggs, butter, sugar, salt, spices, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in currants, raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  3. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide and shape into 30 balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, 30-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.

  4. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each bun. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and water; brush over tops. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool slightly.

  5. For the icing, in a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Pipe a cross on top of each bun. Serve warm.

Enjoy! Happy Easter!

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