Hot Cross Cookies

It’s Easter!

What will you be doing to celebrate Easter this year?

For us, it is the perfect excuse for lots of baking and for gathering the family together. This year, I will be celebrating Easter twice, as my dad and his side of the family are Greek Orthodox and my mum, brother and I are Catholic. So our Easter is this weekend, and Greek Easter is next weekend. Lots of baking for me!

I’ll be baking more hot cross buns and thought I would make these hot cross cookies this year too.

Now, I think this baking blog is about sharing my baking adventures, and adventures can be both good and bad.

Not that I am going to share with you the two somewhat disgusting vegan cakes I made last week, because they both went straight into the bin and weren’t even worth photographing (I’ll be sticking to butter and eggs in my cakes!).

And not to say that these cookies were bad. They were just, well, a little disappointing.

My first impression was that they were quite nice, and surprisingly, they bore a remarkable resemblance to hot cross buns, with their soft texture and the taste of those Easter spices. And being cookies, they were a lot easier to make than hot cross buns too!

But they had a soda aftertaste. They only use self raising flour, but the aftertaste was unmistakable, and has you just wanting to wash your mouth out. I kind of expected more from Donna Hay. So next time, I might cut out 3/4 cup or so of self raising flour and replace it with plain flour. Hopefully, that will fix them, and make them perfect hot cross cookies.

I wish you all a very safe and happy Easter, full of family, laughter and most importantly, great food!

Adapted from Donna Hay in the Sunday Magazine.

I swapped the sultanas in the recipe out for chocolate chips, but you can use whichever you prefer. If you choose to use sultanas, you can also add 2 teaspoons of grated lemon or orange rind.

125g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups self raising flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp chilli powder (optional, it just adds a little something)
1/3 cup milk
1 cup chocolate chips or sultanas
75g white chocolate, for the crosses

Preheat the oven to 170 C (325 F) and line 3 trays with baking paper.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar for about 8 minutes, until pale and creamy.

Add the eggs and vanilla, little by little, beating well between each addition.

Turn the mixer onto a low speed and add flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, chilli powder, milk and chocolate chips or sultanas, beating until the ingredients are just combined.

Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls and place onto the lined baking trays, about 2 inches apart. You may need to lightly flour your hands.

Bake for 14 minutes, or until lightly golden. Allow to cool on the trays.

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between each burst. Spoon into a piping bag or zip loc bag and pipe a cross onto each cookie.

Allow to set. Makes about 40 cookies.

Leave me a comment:

  1. Hi Natasha, I’ve only just discovered your blog, as I was scanning through FoodGawker and came across your Easter Cookies. I was so pleased to read your “About” page, and find out you are an Aussie (yaay). I read alot of food blogs, but they tend to be American, so yours is a refreshing twist, and as I’m Australian too, I felt really happy to support one of my own. I wish you lots of good luck and continued success. I’ve subscribed to your email distribution so I’ll look forward to receiving your updates. Happy Easter !

    • Thanks Joyce! It’s nice to know I have some Australian readers, and that when I use “favourite” and “grams” they understand! Thanks for subscribing, and I hope you like it :-) Happy Easter!

  2. oh my gosh, these look SO good. I’ve never had hot cross bun or cookies, so I might have to try these soon! They look positively delightful.

    ps i love your blog!

  3. I just made Donna Hay’s originals and I too am disappointed. I actually found you by searching for comments from anyone that had made them (in case I missed something). I am constantly let down by Donna Hay recipes. i swear she misses ingredients out on purpose! Anyway, I look forward to discovering more on your blog. I am an Aussie too :-)

    • Hi Anna! That’s so funny, I’m glad it wasn’t just me. I haven’t made too much of hers, but her actual hot cross bun recipe is great. Maybe she does skip out on the odd ingredient though?! That’s pretty funny. It’s most likely that the recipes haven’t been tested properly.
      Happy to have you following :-) let me know how you go with some of the other recipes!