Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns (Easter recipe)

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns bursting with dark and milk chocolate… what’s Easter without chocolate hot cross buns??!!

If there is ever a possibility of eating chocolate for breakfast then I am totally there! And choc chip hot cross buns are the PERFECT excuse to whip out the sweet stuff at breaky time!

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns cooling on a wire rack.

A little while ago I posted my favourite traditional hot cross bun recipe – if you missed it, you can find it here. Anyway, this recipe is virtually exactly the same, however you just need to swap the mixed fruit for chocolate chips! Mmmm hot cross buns with warm gooey chocolate… sounds like heaven to me.

Choc Chip Hot Cross Bun dough.

A chocolate chip dough ball being kneaded.

Hot cross buns about to be cooked in the oven.

I used dark and milk chocolate chips in my buns, but, I think a mixture of white and dark chocolate would be delish too. I was also thinking that it would be pretty yummy to cut dates up super small and use them with caramel chocolate chips to make a kind of sticky date, caramelly batch of buns! And of course one of my all-time favourite combinations – white chocolate and cranberries would be amazing. Oooh the possibilities! But for now, double chocolate chip hot cross buns will do me just fine!

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns just out of the oven.

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns on a cooling rack.

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns bursting with dark and milk chocolate... what's Easter without chocolate hot cross buns??!!
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Course: Breads and Scrolls, easter recipes, sweets
Cuisine: Easter
Keyword: hot cross buns
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 buns
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Bake Play Smile


  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk 375ml
  • 2 tsp dried yeast 7g/1 sachet
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar 55g
  • 60 g butter melted
  • 1 egg lightly whisked
  • 4 1/2 cups plain flour 675g
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 80 g dark chocolate chips
  • 80 g white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup cold water 80ml
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam 170g


  • Combine the milk, yeast and 1 tbs of sugar in a small bowl. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 10 minutes or until frothy.
  • Combine the milk mixture, butter and egg in a jug and whisk to combine.
  • Combine 4 cups (600g) of flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining sugar in a bowl. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the milk mixture and use a wooden spoon to stir until just combined, then use your hands to bring the dough together.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a damp tea towel and place in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 23cm square cake pan. Punch the dough down with your fist. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Divide dough into 16 even pieces and shape each portion into a ball. Arrange dough portions, side by side, in the prepared pan. Press a few extra chocolate chips into the top of each bun.
  • Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes or until dough has risen 2cm.
  • Meanwhile, mix the remaining flour and water together in a small bowl until a smooth paste forms. Place in a small plastic bag and snip off the end. Pipe a continuous line down the centre of each row of buns, lengthways and widthways, to form crosses. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 180°C and bake for a further 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through (buns are ready when they sound hollow when tapped on the base).
  • Turn onto a wire rack. Place the jam in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until jam melts. Strain through a fine sieve. Brush hot jam over the buns. Serve warm with butter, or toasted.
Nutrition Facts
Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Potassium 163mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Calcium 8.1%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Josefa @always Josefa

I simply love hot cross buns and these look super delish! Rumour has it that Brumby’s are selling nutella hot cross buns – need to get myself some of those! Josefa #teamIBOT


So glad I didn’t miss this recipe!!! Yum 🙂

Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)

OMG! They look so good Lucy! I wish I was as talented as you at baking.
I am trying to turn Sunday arvo into a baking day – so far I have made caramel slice. It actually wasn’t bad.


I’ve tried to make hot cross buns once before and they turned out to be rock hard. Might have to give it another go this Easter.