Hot Cross Buns | How To Make Easy Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are a soft, sweet roll made with a sweet icing cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday in some countries, but they should definitely be enjoyed all year long!

I have partnered with my friends over at Fleischmann’s® Yeast for today’s recipe.

Hot Cross Buns are a treat I grew up eating on Easter morning. I know there are lots of different traditions when it comes to Hot Cross Buns, but I always looked forward to having them once a year. Honestly, though, there is no reason why these can’t be enjoyed all year long! They are a sweet bread, usually made with dried currants or raisins (I used Craisins), and topped with a sweet icing. We always had them warm with a nice spread of butter too. SO good!


Hot Cross Buns recipe made with yeast

And really, is there anything better than fresh baked bread? I have been on a roll lately baking with yeast, and I am not about to stop anytime soon. To imagine there was a time when the idea of baking bread from scratch made me a little nervous is crazy! It’s SO easy and using Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast makes it quick too!

I used a recipe from for these Hot Cross Buns and only made a couple of minor tweaks.

Hot Cross Buns are drizzled with sweet icing in the shape of a cross

What are Hot Cross Buns?

I did a little research to find out the history of Hot Cross Buns and found lots of interesting facts. They say that the cross on the bun represents…well, a cross, and the bread represents the end of Lent. There are also many theories on the origin of Hot Cross Buns.

One of the interesting myths behind the recipe is that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or grow moldy during the subsequent year. Another myth is if the buns are hung in the kitchen, they are supposed to protect against fires and ensure that all your bread turns out perfectly! I kind of like that idea!!

Anyhow, there are countless stories and traditions around Hot Cross Buns, but what I know is that they are delicious!

Making Hot Cross Buns with quick yeast is easy!

How do you Make Hot Cross Buns?

  • Working with RapidRise® Yeast makes the process easy! The dough comes together very quickly, and requires about 4-6 minutes of knead time, which you can do with your hands, or with the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer!
  • The dough will be soft for these, so add your flour in small increments, to make sure you don’t add too much!
  • Allow 350-45 minutes for the dough to rise. I like to cover the dough and put into an oven that was heated just to warm, and then turned off.

Soft Hot Buns Recipe

Hot Cross Buns should be soft, and chewy, like any good bread. You have the subtle sweetness from the dried fruit, and the icing on top, paired with that distinct yeast flavor.

I hope these become a tradition in your house too!