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Hot Cross Buns

  • Prep Time:
    1 hour

  • Cook Time:
    15 minutes

  • Total Time:
    1 hour 15 minutes

  • Yield:
    serves 12

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Easy, classic Hot Cross Buns Recipe


  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or currants
  • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 (1/4- ounce) envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Place dried cranberries in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water and let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until plumped. Drain and set aside.
  2. Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl heat the milk, water and butter for 30 – 45 seconds until very warm (120° to 130°F). Stir this into the flour mixture.
  4. Mix the eggs, cranberries, and enough remaining flour to make soft dough (I usually use 3 1/2 cups total). Replace the paddle attachment with a dough hook and knead on medium speed for 4-6 minutes. Alternately, you can knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, 4-6 minutes. Cover the dough with a clean dish towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Line a large baking sheet parchment paper and coat lightly with nonstick spray.
  6. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Form each bit into a ball and place 3- inches apart on prepared sheet. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 35 to 50 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  8. With a sharp knife, cut a shallow cross in top of every bun. Brush egg white over tops and bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Allow the buns to cool before icing.
  9. For the icing, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream in a bowl until smooth. Place the icing in small zip-top bag with a corner snipped off and pipe the icing onto the buns in a cross shape.


Store airtight at room temperature for up to a day. Best served same day.


  • Serving Size: 1 roll
  • Calories: 251
  • Sugar: 13.3 g
  • Sodium: 218 mg
  • Fat: 6.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.1 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 46.2 mg