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The best hot cross bun recipes

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Discover delicious, triple-tested hot cross bun recipes from BBC Good Food, including classic, fruity, chocolate, spiced and savoury options.

Hot cross buns are one of our favourite Easter treats – and you simply can’t beat a freshly baked, homemade batch. Read on to discover our best-ever hot cross bun recipes that are all triple-tested and make a perfect weekend baking project.

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Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns on a baking tray

Paul Hollywood’s classic hot cross bun recipe has been given a glowing five-star rating by over 100 of our users – and with good reason. They’re packed with sultanas, mixed peel, apple and orange zest, and glazed with jam for that irresistible, shiny finish.

Get the recipe: Hot cross buns

Vegan hot cross buns

Vegan hot cross buns on a baking tray

We’ve used dairy-free spread and almond milk in these incredible vegan treats, glazed with apricot jam. There’s no need for those following dairy-free and egg-free diets to miss out on these beauties!

Get the recipe: Vegan hot cross buns

Chocolate checkerboard hot cross buns

Chocolate checkerboard hot cross buns on a baking tray

Create two moreish flavours from one batch of dough by splitting it, mid-bake – you’ll end up with alternating dark chocolate orange and white chocolate cherry buns. Of course. you’ll have to try one of each once they’re finished...

Get the recipe: Chocolate checkerboard hot cross buns

Hot cross cinnamon buns

Hot cross cinnamon buns

Hot cross buns meet cinnamon swirls in this tempting hybrid recipe, topped with cream cheese icing. Enjoy as a delicious dessert, indulgent breakfast treat or in the afternoon with a cuppa.

Get the recipe: Hot cross cinnamon buns

Cranberry & orange hot cross buns

Cranberry and orange hot cross buns on baking paper

Dried cranberries add a zesty kick to these hot cross buns. The recipe is easy enough for all ages to help with – children will love getting stuck into mixing, kneading and glazing, and everyone will enjoy tucking into the finished result.

Get the recipe: Cranberry & orange hot cross buns

Chocolate & spice hot cross buns

Chocolate and spice hot cross buns

If you’ve not tried adding chocolate to hot cross buns, you’re missing out. Dark choc makes a wonderful addition to this extra-special bake, along with plump raisins, cinnamon and orange zest.

Get the recipe: Chocolate & spice hot cross buns

Cheesy hot cross buns

Cheesy hot cross buns

Hot cross bun purists, look away now – this savoury version is topped with mature cheddar and parmesan cheese for a tangy finish. They’re a great addition to lunchboxes, or served warm with a bowl of soup.

Get the recipe: Cheesy hot cross buns

Hot cross bun ring with spiced honey butter

Hot cross bun ring with spiced honey butter

Who said wreaths were just for Christmas? This hot cross bun ring is a perfect centrepiece for an Easter get-together – served with a pot of moreish spiced honey butter in the middle for your guests to help themselves to.

Get the recipe: Hot cross bun ring with spiced honey butter

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