Chocolate Hot Cross Buns


Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are a cherished Easter tradition, dating back centuries in Christian culture. Traditionally, these spiced and sweet buns are marked with a cross on top, symbolising the crucifixion, and are enjoyed on Good Friday and in the lead up to Easter to commemorate the occasion.

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns offer a decadent twist on this traditional treat. The addition of cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips elevates the flavour profile, infusing each bun with a rich, indulgent taste that complements the warm cinnamon and sweet dough. When freshly made, these buns are at their peak, with the chocolate melting into the soft, fluffy texture, creating a delightful contrast of flavour and texture.

The appeal of Chocolate Hot Cross Buns lies not only in their deliciousness but also in the sense of tradition and nostalgia. Whether enjoyed as a breakfast treat, afternoon snack, or dessert, these buns capture the essence of Easter while offering a modern and irresistible twist for chocolate lovers.

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns are a delightful twist on the traditional Easter treat, combining rich cocoa and chocolate chips with the classic spiced sweetness of hot cross buns.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
resting time 2 hours
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Entertaining
Cuisine Australian
Servings 12 buns


For the buns:

  • 300 ml warm milk
  • 60 g unsalted butter
  • 1 whole egg
  • 550 g of plain bread flour approximately 3.5 cups
  • 110 g white sugar approximately 1/2 cup
  • 35 g cocoa powder just under 1/2 cup
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • 200 g dark chocolate chips

For the top:

  • 1 egg yolk with a dash of water for the egg wash
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 2 – 3 TBS water


Prepare the Dough:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine Luke warm milk and melted butter. Add the egg and mix well, then add in the yeast.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together bread flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, and salt.
  • Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while mixing to form a dough.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface (or in your bowl) until smooth and elastic. About 10 minutes.
  • Place the dough in your bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).

Shaping the Buns

  • After the dough has risen, knock out the air and fold in your chocolate chips.
  • Divide the dough into equal-sized portions and shape them into balls. You should end up with 12 little buns. I like to weigh the dough to ensure they’re all even.
  • Place the dough balls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, the buns should be just touching.

Second Rise

  • Cover the buns with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise again until doubled in size (about 45-60 minutes).

Preparing the Crosses

  • Preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F).
  • In a small bowl, mix together the egg yolk and water for the glaze.
  • In another bowl, combine cocoa powder, flour, and water to form a smooth paste for the crosses. Add your water gradually, you don’t want it too runny or too firm.

Applying Glaze and Crosses

  • Brush the risen buns with the egg wash.
  • Pipe the cocoa paste mixture onto the buns in the shape of crosses.


  • Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are brown, shiny and cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly on a wire rack.
  • Serve your Chocolate Hot Cross Buns warm or at room temperature. They are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container once cooled.
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