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Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Warm, fluffy dough studded with mini chocolate chips and topped with sweet, gooey frosting.

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Classic hot cross buns… Okay, so they’re not quite “classic,” but they’re most certainly delicious. Why have a classy bun when you can swank it up with some chocolate, am I right?

The word bun always jostles an inner childlike excitement that conjures memories of tangy yeast smells seeping from the oven and butter melting between two fluffy halves of bun.

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

These chocolate chip hot cross buns are perfect for your Easter festivities. They’re sweet, fluffy, and irresistibly buttery. Because I love all things chocolate, I loaded the dough with mini chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

I used Red Star Platinum Yeast to achieve the perky buns you see pictured above. I keep several packets in my pantry at all times. Their Platinum yeast achieves the highest rise every time.

After the rolls cool, they get a generous drizzle of sweet, sticky icing that I laced with a hint of cinnamon. I always add extra icing to my buns, which is why the piped cross looks like a drippy mess.

Taste trumps aesthetics…always!

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Your pan of hot cross buns will quickly disappear. If you find a lonely bun lingering in the pan, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to give it that just-out-of-the-oven taste.

Chocolate Chipe Hot Cross Buns

Warm, fluffy dough studded with mini chocolate chips and topped with sweet, gooey frosting.

Yield: 15 buns

Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Prep Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes



  • 5 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 (3/4 ounce) package Red Star Platinum Yeast
  • 1/2 cup hot water (not to exceed 110 degrees F.)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Add 1/2 cup hot water to a small bowl or measuring cup. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and gently mix to combine. Allow the yeast to bloom and become foamy, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add 4 and 1/2 cups of flour, sugar, and salt. Turn the mixer on low and mix for 10 seconds to combine.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, and 2 eggs.
  4. With the mixer on low (speed 2) add the yeast mixture to the bowl of the mixer. Slowly pour in the butter mixture. Continue to mix on low, scraping the flour from the sides of the bowl as you go. Once all of the flour is incorporated into the dough, slowly add and additional 1/2 cup of flour, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Stop the mixer and remove the dough from the hook and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Turn the mixer on low (speed 2) and gradually add the chocolate chips. Continue to mix on low for 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Continue to knead the dough by hand, gradually adding the remaining 1/4 cup of flour to the dough. The process will take an additional 5 minutes. You’ll know the dough is ready when it’s elastic and no longer sticky.
  7. Place the dough in a large lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean, dry towel and let rise for 1 and 1/2 hours.
  8. Gently punch down the dough. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and measure out 15 (95 gram) dough balls–I highly recommend using a scale. Roll each piece of measured dough until it forms a smooth ball. I do this by placing the dough on a smooth surface and rolling my palm over the dough in a cirucular motion.
  9. Grease a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan with butter or nonstick baking spray. Place the dough in the pan, spacing them 2 inches apart. You should end up with 5 rows, each row made up of 3 dough balls. Cover the pan with a clean, dry towel. Allow the buns to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until double in size.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  11. Make an egg wash by whisking the remaining egg with 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl. Gently brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash. Bake the buns for 28-30 minutes, or until the buns are a deep golden brown.
  12. Place the buns on a wire rack and allow them to cool completley in the pan. Pipe the tops of the buns with the icing to resemble a cross.

Icing: Whisk together powdered sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Whisk in 2 tablepoons of milk. You want the mixture to be thick enough to pipe. If the mixture is too thick, gradually whisk in the extra tablespoon of milk until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag or large zip-close bag. Snip off the end of the bag.

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Baking tools I used to make this recipe:

• Stand mixer
• Digital kitchen scale
• 9-inch-by-13-inch baking pan

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Disclosure: This recipe was developed for the amazing folks at Red Star Yeast. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting my recipes and site while I work with brands I adore.

20 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns”

  1. #
    movita beaucoup — March 30, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Thank you. As someone who hates both currants and raisins, I have long felt that it is chocolate chips that should feature in hot cross buns.


  2. #
    [email protected] — March 30, 2015 at 5:47 am

    These are such a yummy spin on the classic!


  3. #
    Laura Dembowski — March 30, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I once made hot cross buns and loved them! These look insane! Please share :)


  4. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

    These are pure genius, girl! I’d been thinking of ways to jazz up the ol’ hot cross bun and you totally nailed it. Pinning!


  5. #
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — March 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I’ve never had much of an interest in hot cross buns until you went and got chocolate chips involved. Oh yeah!


  6. #
    Christi @ Love From The Oven — March 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Oh my word, these look incredible! And adding chocolate chips? Genius! I can’t wait to try these, thanks for the great recipe!


  7. #
    Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) — March 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Oh I love this twist using the chocolate chips!


  8. #
    Deborah — March 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I am loving your version of hot cross buns!! I could use one right now!


  9. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — March 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Ummmm why have I never had a hot cross bun before?? These look so crazy good!


  10. #
    Ashley — March 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I have never made hot cross buns myself! I feel like I need to make it happen this year – these look fantastic!! Love the chocolate :)


  11. #
    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — March 30, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    More proof that chocolate makes everything better.


  12. #
    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — March 31, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I’ve actually never had hot cross buns, but I remember playing the song on the recorder as a 3rd grader. These look phenomenal. I might have to try to make them this weekend.


  13. #
    Jenny Flake — March 31, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Soon fun! Want every last one :) Delicious!


  14. #
    Nicole~Cooking for Keeps — March 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Chocolate makes everything better, love it studded throughout these buns!


  15. #
    Julia — March 31, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Yuuuuh-eeeeeeees! Sign me up for a fluffy hot cross sticky bunerooski with all them chocolate chips! I’ve never made hot cross buns and these have lit a major fire under my booty to bake up a batch!


  16. #
    Matea — March 31, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Chocolate makes every dessert that much better :) Have to make these hot cross buns!


  17. #
    Amy @ Elephant Eats — April 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I never celebrated Easter growing up (it was Passover instead) but now that I’m married to an Easter follower, I’m so adding this to my list of recipes to make!


  18. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 7, 2015 at 9:53 am

    THAT’S IT! next year I’m spending Easter with you and these hot cross buns!


    • Jennie replied April 8th, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      There’s more than plenty to go around. Come on over!


  19. #
    Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky — December 19, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Wow..I am obsessed with desserts! Definitely chocolate chip hot cross buns will be yummy! I’m seriously so inspired right now. I need to add cardamom to recipe and it would be perfect. Thx for sharing Jennie!


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