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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

by Nick Makrides
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Serve up this classic easter spiced bun with an extra dose of chocolate! My Chocolate Hot Cross Buns are a pure treat and have a surprise chocolate center. Serve them warm out of the oven or slice them in half and lather them with generous amount of butter, they’re the perfect excuse to eat chocolate. Because that’s what we’re lacking this time of year right? Tis the season for chocolate!

Chocolate Hot Cross buns are an Easter must have with a bit of a twist! These ones are littered with chocolate chips!

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My favourite thing about Chocolate Hot Cross Buns…

The thing is, hot cross buns are really delicious but I have a pet peeve with raisins in anything baked. I’m not a fan. What I am a fan of is chocolate! These are all the delicious flavours and spices you love about hot cross buns, but with chocolate which in my opinion is the far more superior raising.

What does it taste like?

These hot cross buns are spiced with all the yummy spices you love bout hot cross buns like:

  • All-spice
  • Cinnamon

And flavoured with cocoa powder! They have loads of chocolate chips which is where the sweetness comes from.

Chocolate Hot Cross Bun split in half

What are the ingredients I need?

Milk – I used cow’s milk. Almond or oat milk will also work.

Butter – I used unsalted butter.

Egg – I used large eggs.

Yeast – I used instant dry yeast which comes in a dry form. Make sure you store your yeast in the fridge for extra longevity!

Sugar – I used caster sugar, otherwise known as superfine sugar.

All-purpose flour – otherwise known as plain flour.

All spice – this comes in powdered form.

Cinnamon – I used cinnamon powder.

Salt – I used fine salt.

Cocoa Powder – I used unsweetened cocoa powder

Chocolate Chips – I used dark chocolate chips because they less sweet and have a deeper chocolate flavor.

Jam – I used orange marmalade, but you can use apricot jam as well.

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Some tips & Tricks!


While the buns are baking, warm up your jam or marmalade in the microwave and once the buns have baked, brush with glaze. Serve warm with some salted butter.

Serving suggestion

These hot cross buns are delicious when sliced in half, toasted and served with butter and pinch of salt or Nutella!

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I’ll see you all on the following recipe. Happy baking!

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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Serves 8

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British


Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

  • 1 1/2 cups milk warm
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp instant dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Flour Paste

  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp water


  • 1/2 cup apricot jam or orange marmalade warm


Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

  • Add the butter and milk into a microwave safe bowl or jug and microwave until the butter has melted or it becomes warm. Add the egg and whisk until well combined.
  • Add the yeast, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, all spice, cinnamon and salt into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on speed 2 for 5 minutes if using a stand mixer. If you’re kneading by hand, dust your workbench with some extra flour and kneed for 5 minutes until smooth. Place the dough back into a lightly oiled dough and cover. Allow to rise in a warm spot for 1 hour.
  • Once rise, uncover the bowl and punch the dough down to deflate it. Transfer to your workbench and stretch out slightly. Add the chocolate chips on top and knead into the dough until they’re all evenly distributed. Split the dough into 8 pieces. I found the best way to get evenly sized buns is to weight all the dough first, then divide that number by 8. To form into little balls, gather each piece into a ball by pinching it together, than roll to form a dough by cupping the palm of your hand against your workbench.
  • Place the dough balls smooth side up on a lightly oiled baking tray. Spray the top with oil spray and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F.

Flour Paste

  • Add the flour and enough water (roughly) 5 tbsp) to form a paste. Transfer to a piping bag and snip the end off. Pipe crosses onto the buns.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the crosses look a little golden.


  • While the buns are baking, warm up your jam or marmalade in the microwave and once the buns have baked, brush with glaze. Serve warm with some salted butter.


Serving suggestion
These hot cross buns are delicious when sliced in half, toasted and served with butter and pinch of salt or Nutella!
Hot Cross Buns can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days and reheated in the oven on the same temperature for 7-8 minutes. They’re also really delicious when they’re toasted!


Calories : 544kcal
Carbonhydrates: 80g
Protein: 11g
Fat: 17g
Saturated Fat: 10g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 2g
Trans Fat : 1g
Cholesterol: 45mg
Sodium: 200mg
Potassium : 210mg
Fiber: 4g
Sugar : 25g
Vitamin A: 360IU
Vitamin C: 1mg
Calcium: 118mg
Iron: 4mg
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Sharon April 13, 2022 - 2:32 am

5 stars
These are so easy to make and by far the best chocolate hot cross bun I have made. Very popular with family and friends and they are an absolute Easter favourite.
My only wish is that you had a recipe for ‘normal’ hot cross buns as I am yet to fins a recipe that I like and I’m sure yours would be as delicious as these

Nick Makrides April 26, 2022 - 12:36 pm

Hi Sharon! So lovely to hear. By normal, do you mean with raisins? I could make them again next year! N x

Ellen May 1, 2022 - 2:58 am

5 stars
Love the recipe!! Turned out great and am making again!

Did notice a typo in step 2 (says to dust workbench with extra dough)

Nick Makrides May 3, 2022 - 11:29 am

Thanks for letting me know Ellen! Have gone in and fixed it x


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