Orange Hot Cross Buns Recipe
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Orange Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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For a traditional Easter recipe with a twist, try these yummy, sweet yeast buns. Grated orange peel gives them a mild citrus flavor. You’ll end up making them year round.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:22 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 22 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm orange juice (110° to 115°), divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 237 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 3/4 cup warm orange juice. Add the butter, sugar, eggs, orange peel, salt, cinnamon, raisins, remaining orange juice and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 22 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on the top of each ball. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  5. In a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag, combine glaze ingredients until smooth. Cut a small hole in a corner of bag; pipe a cross on each bun. Yield: 22 buns.
Originally published as Orange Hot Cross Buns in Country Woman March/April 2006, p51

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afschaak User ID: 4514466 224418
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"I thought the orange in this recipe was such a nice addition for hot cross buns! Easy and made a ton of buns! But they don't make you feel like a ton! Very light and refreshing."

c2foster User ID: 4932594 223847
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"The perfect Hot Cross buns for Good Friday! I make them every year now for my family. The orange zing makes them exceptional."

Bree's Kitchen User ID: 5158348 62314
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2011

"I made up a batch of these buns yesterday & they are delicious. I've always loved Hot Cross buns & the addition of orange flavoring made these especially good. I'll be making these often. I didn't need quite as much flour as the recipe called for but that may have been my flour or the area I live."

Jangirl User ID: 1050490 156705
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"These were easier than I expected. My friends were really impressed when I served them at supper. I would definately make them again!"

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 86471
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2008

"I made these using the dough cycle in my bread maker. It was really quite easy this way. The results were great! Everyone loved them. Kris Countryman, Gladwin, MI"

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