Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Only one more week until Easter!

Last Easter, I was absolutely obsessed, OBSESSED, with hot cross buns.

Not the traditional kind, however, with all the dried fruit and candied peel and all those gross things.

The chocolate chip kind of hot cross buns.

It started thanks to the local bakery chain in the mall where I work. Around last Easter, I was working at a mens retail store, and spent most of my time there amazingly BORED. So one of the girls and I, we would go up to the bakery and buy  chocolate chip hot cross buns to snack on.

Why is it that boredom always leads to over-consumption of unnecessary food? Even when you’re not hungry, at all?

Anyway, so we would talk about chocolate chip hot cross buns, and the girl I worked with sent me to another bakery, where they sold DOUBLE chocolate chip hot cross buns. Then I tried mocha ones. Then I moved on to the supermarket variety, because they were gooey-er and I could buy them late at night.

It got to the point where I actually could not go a day without craving, and maybe even eating, a chocolate chip hot cross bun.

So I made my own.

And they were fantastic. Thick and bready, warm and sticky from the glaze, with yummy white chocolate crosses and soft, melted chocolate chunks.

I was in chocolate chip hot cross bun heaven, and made them many times in the lead up to Easter and for Easter itself. Now here they are again, just in time for you to put on your Easter menu for this year.

Adapted from Not Quite Nigella.

For the buns
3 sachets instant dry yeast (21g, 3/4 oz)
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
4 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
50g unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cups chocolate chunks or chips

For the glaze
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp hot water

For the crosses
60g white chocolate (2 oz)

To make the buns, combine the lukewarm milk, sugar and dry yeast in a small bowl. Set aside for 15 minutes. It should become frothy and increase in size.

Fit your mixer with the dough hook and put the flour and salt in the bowl of your mixer (if you don’t have one, you could do this by hand). Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the melted butter, lightly beaten egg and frothy yeast mixture, as well as half the chocolate chips.

Turn the mixer on low and knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place it in a large bowl (not metal), cover with plastic wrap and set aside in warm place for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, until the dough doubles in size.

Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.

Once the dough has risen, knock it down and add the remaining chocolate chips, kneading lightly to incorporate them. Divide the dough evenly into 15 or 16 balls and place them close together on the baking tray, in a 4 x 4 or 5 x 3 arrangement.

Preheat the oven to 200 C. Cover the hot cross buns with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for 20 minutes.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant. While the buns are baking, prepare your glaze.

For the glaze, dissolve the sugar in the hot water.

Once the buns are cooked, remove them from the oven and quickly brush them with a few coats of the glaze.

To make the crosses, melt the white chocolate in the microwave in short bursts, stirring in between. Put the chocolate into a small zip loc bag or piping bag, snip off the end and pipe crosses across the chocolate chip buns.

Serve warm. Makes 15-16 hot cross buns.

54 Thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

  1. Oh my gosh, these buns look delicious! And so beautiful! Your photos are gorgeous.

  2. Gah, I need these. NOW! I’ve never made Hot Cross Buns before but these are too insanely good looking to ignore. I pinned this recipe, thanks for the great post!

  3. Gabriela on April 1, 2012 at 3:11 am said:

    And here I was, saying “No more chocolate in my cookies this week!”. And then you posted this to destroy my promise! I look at it and all I can think about is “Bake it! Now!”. 😀 I guess I now have plans for Wednesday evening. 😀

  4. Monette on April 1, 2012 at 5:46 am said:

    Sounds good! I think I will tuck the choc. chips inside each balls then bake them!

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  7. What beautiful hot cross buns! The chocolate inside is truly an added bonus 😀

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  9. i recently stumbled across your blog and this recipe (along with some amazing cookie recipes omg!) i just finished putting the glaze on my first ever batch of hot cross buns, they turned out awesome (i am secretly very impressed with myself) love your blog, will be a regular visitor! xo

  10. jordan on April 7, 2012 at 9:15 am said:

    super great! i halved the recipe and made 11 small buns. so good! and i used some left over vanilla butter cream to make the crosses on top- we loved the added sweetness. thanks for the awesome recipe. :)

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  12. Erika on April 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm said:

    Made these today and managed to get 19 out of my batch (18 and one to test, of course!) Haven’t really made a bread dough in a long time and was kinda worried as I had to convert to UK measurements, but they came out amazingly! So soft and so delicious! Thank you so much for your fantastic recipe and hope you have a wonderful Easter! x

  13. mgmama on April 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm said:

    How many tsp/TB of yeast would this be? I don’t buy the packets, just the bulk size since I bake bread so often. Thanks

    • I’m not too sure since I weighed mine, sorry!

      • Approx 4 g yeast per teaspoon. Hope this helps.

        I can’t wait for next Easter now to try these out Natasha! I love traditional hot x buns (but without peel – I use dried cranberries instead) but these look so good that they now have competition!

        • Hey Amy! Thanks! I’m with you on the peel, I hate it, cranberries seem like a much better idea! These are delicious, hope you love them as much as I do ! :-)

  14. Just put these in the oven. They smell amazing and were so easy. My family has never been into hot cross buns despite my father’s English upbringing, but everyone in New Zealand (where I currently am) goes crazy for them. I don’t like the raisin ones but the chocolate ones are great. Thanks for the recipe and the fantastic photos!

    • Thanks Jen :-) My family is the same with the raisin ones (we’re in Aus) but we love the chocolate ones too so I totally understand! Hope you loved them!

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  16. I needed another Easter recipe for my blog and these were perfect! I’m not a fan of dried fruit, so I really enjoyed this variation.

  17. I needed another Easter recipe for my blog and these were perfect! I am not a fan of dried fruit, so I really enjoyed this variation. I also love the combination of white and semi sweet chocolate.

  18. I made these the other night, and my chocolate chips accidentally melted completely into the dough (it was a really hot day and I just put in the melted butter!), but it turned out delicious as double chocolate hot cross buns! The dough is absolutely the best, although I used bread flour instead of all-purpose.

    I posted about them on my blog, if you’re interested you can look at it:

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  26. Kelsi on April 20, 2014 at 7:39 am said:

    I just made these. They are INCREDIBLE. Thank you so much!

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  28. Made these yesterday nite… very successful. I make half the recipe for choc hot bun and the other half I put curry potato fillings in them. They taste wonderful too. A recipe to keep… definitely. Thanks for sharing. I will keep your blog as my favourite now.

  29. Celia on March 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm said:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe. This year, I had the best choc chips hot cross buns ever…chocolatey, fluffy and just divine!!!

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  32. Hi, do you use bread flour (higher gluten) or normal flour (as in cakes etc). I’m in UK & I know these things can vary…

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  35. making these this morning! Thanks for a great recipe. Excited to see how they come out.

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