Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

These Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Buns that will satisfy even the biggest chocoholic! Packed full of chocolate, they’re the perfect Easter treat!

These Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Buns that will satisfy even the biggest chocoholic! Packed full of chocolate, they're the perfect Easter treat!

As a self-confessed chocoholic, Easter is one of my favourite times of the year! There is something about Easter egg chocolate that is just so, so good. I’ve loved Easter for as long as I can remember. 

Chocolate hot cross bun dough ball on a chopping board with chocolate chips.

Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

If eating chocolate bunnies and easter eggs isn’t enough to satisfy your chocoholic tendencies, then you really must try these Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Buns! How are they triple chocolate? Here’s how!

  • the dough contains cocoa which makes it really yummy and chocolatey
  • then you add in two different types of chocolate chips. I used caramel and milk, but you could also use white or dark. It really doesn’t matter… just whatever tickles your fancy!

A dozen chocolate hot cross buns just out of the oven ready to be glazed.

Other hot cross bun recipes

If you would prefer a hot cross bun with just a little bit of chocolate, then check out my Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Bun recipe here. Or if you have totally overdosed on chocolate and need to detox, then try my Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Bun recipe here. All of them are super yum, but I think I’ll be whipping up some more Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Buns… just because!

A chocolate hot cross bun with butter on a plate.

Happy Easter!!

A chocolate chip hot cross bun with a piped cross.

Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

These Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Buns that will satisfy even the biggest chocoholic! Packed full of chocolate, they're the perfect Easter treat!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Hot Cross Buns
Keyword: hot cross buns
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rise time: 1 hour
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 buns
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Bake Play Smile


For the buns:

  • 7 g dry yeast sachet
  • 1 cup warmed milk
  • 1/4 cup raw caster sugar
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 60 g butter chilled and chopped
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips I used caramel chips instead
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips I used milk chips instead

For the paste:

  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp raw caster sugar

For the glaze:

  • 1 tsp gelatine powder
  • 2 tsp raw caster sugar
  • 1 tbs boiling water


  • Grease a square cake tin.
  • Place yeast, milk and 1 tbs sugar into a bowl.
  • Whisk to dissolve yeast.
  • Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Suft flour, cocoa, and mixed spice into a bowl.
  • Rub in butter to make breadcrumbs.
  • Make a well in the centre of the mixture.
  • Add yeast mix, egg and remaining sugar.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Knead on a lightly floured board for 1 minute.
  • Transfer to a bowl
  • Cover and leave in a warm place for 1hr or until doubled in size.
  • Knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chocolate chips and knead to combine.
  • Roll into 12 equal sized balls and place into cake tin.
  • Cover and set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius (or 180 fan forced).
  • To make the paste combine flour and water in a bowl and mix until smooth.
  • Place paste into a ziplock plastic bag and cut a small hole in one corner.
  • Pipe crosses onto the buns.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 180 degrees celsius (or 160 fan forced) and cook for a further 20 minutes.
  • The buns should be golden and cooked through.
  • Make the glaze by sprinkling the gelatine and sugar over the boiling water in a bowl and mixing with a fork until dissolved.
  • Brush the glaze over the buns and place on a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
Triple Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Potassium 144mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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These look so good! I might just have to make some over the weekend.


Oh, stop it!!! This is just too delightful! Easter can’t come soon enough!!!

Gourmet Getaways

These look so good! I wish I had one to eat with my morning coffee!
It would be great if you could add a link to your story and image to the linky tool at the bottom of my story on Easter Treats to make, I know my readers would love to try this and the story is performing really well so hopefully it will traffic.

Danielle L

You had me at triple choc, these look amazing. I might have to add to my list for Easter baking to take away camping, they would be super impressive to share.