Rating: 5.00

Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns

I’ve wanted to make Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns for quite some time now and as Easter is coming I really wanted to share with you this delicious recipe.

Traditionally they are sweet buns made with raisins and spices and a cross on top, served on Good Friday. I am sharing with you the way I like them most – with raisins, spices and lots and lots of chocolate inside. These buns are soft, light, very flavorful and chocolaty, some of the chocolate chunks get melted while baking which is awesome. Really love the apricot glaze on top that makes them shine and bring extra flavor. They are simply divine, and serving them for breakfast with some butter alongside coffee makes them totally irresistible.

The recipe for these chocolate chunk hot cross buns is not hard at all it just needs patience as in order to get soft buns the dough needs to rise three times. I highly recommend trying these for Easter if you have time, you and your family will be surely delighted.

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Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns

5 from 2 votes
Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns - with raisins, spices and lots and lots of chocolate inside. These buns are soft, light, very flavorful and chocolaty, some of the chocolate chunks get melted while baking which is awesome.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rising time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins


  • 3 cups (375g) bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) salt
  • 1 tsp (3g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 15 g fresh yeast (1 tsp active dry yeast)
  • 3 tbsp (40g) butter , melted
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) lukewarm milk
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (70g) raisins
  • 7 oz (200g) semisweet chocolate , cut into chunks

For the crosses

  • 5 tbsp (40g) flour
  • 3-4 tbsp (45-60 ml) water


  • 2 tbsp Apricot Jam


  • In a large bowl whisk together flour with sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
  • In a small bowl stir fresh yeast with 1 tsp sugar until it liquefies. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup milk and then add to the flour mixture. Add the butter, egg, vanilla, rest of milk and water and start kneading until soft and smooth and slightly pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer to an oiled bowl.
  • Cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for about 1-1.5 hours at room temperature (warm space) until doubled in size.
  • Incorporate raisins and chocolate into the dough, cover and let it rise again for 30 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured surface turn the dough out and divide into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into balls.
  • Place the dough balls into a parchment paper lined baking sheet and cover with an oiled plastic wrap. Let them rest again for 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
  • In a bowl combine flour with water to form a thick paste. Transfer into a piping bag fitted with a 3 mm small tip.
  • Pipe crosses onto buns.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
  • Brush the buns with warm apricot jam right after you take them out of the oven.



Serving: 1gCalories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 5.8gFat: 8.9gSaturated Fat: 5.1gCholesterol: 22mgSugar: 14.7g
Calories: 273kcal
Course: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate chunk hot cross buns, chocolate hot cross buns, Easter hot cross buns, Easter recipes, hot cross buns

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  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) Author says:

    yayyy for lots of chocolate! I really need to try some hot cross buns sometime and this looks like just the recipe!

  2. Deshi Author says:

    its a nice recipe….. can i know how do we use dry yeast ?

  3. Lisa Author says:

    Hi, I was just wondering how long these can be kept for? Thanks!

  4. Arpana Author says:

    Hi, I have absolutely loved all the receipes I have tried of yours! So far I have made the Sacher Torte, the triple chocolate mousse cake, brownies, chocolate mousse, chocolate fudge and I have loved all of them! The triple chocolate mousse cake was a massive hit, people called it a pillow made of cloud????! Thank you so much for all the receipes! In India, we don’t particularly easily get bread flour is it OK to use all purpose floor? My son wants me to make hot cross buns badly! Do let me know! Thanks!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hello Arpana.

      I am glad to hear that you love my recipe. 

      And to answer to your question, yes, you can use all purpose flour.

      Have fun cooking !


  5. Arpana Author says:

    Thanks for the response! Of course I meant flour and not floor! Please ignore the unnecessary question marks and the typos! The comments section is not mobile friendly, possibly the reason for the typos! Thanks again!

  6. Adam Author says:

    Hi I would just like to know if I don’t want to use the chocolate do I have to adjust any other ingredient?

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