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Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns

These golden buns, with a light seasoning from cinnamon and allspice, were a family Easter tradition. My mom made them only once a year using her mother's recipe. Icing crosses make a tasty topping and reflect the meaning of the holiday. -Lorrie Bailey, Pulaski, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • ICING:
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 teaspoons 2% milk


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, eggs, salt, cinnamon, allspice and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in currants and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a 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.
  • Punch dough down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Brush with egg white. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • For icing, combine the sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve piping consistency. Pipe a cross on top of each bun.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 187 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 211mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • sue
    Apr 21, 2019

    why can any one just make the recipe as it says to... we post recipes for others to make as our mothers/ grandma did it. so many say they make the recipe but i did this i did that, yet you give a review that you CHANGED , You did not give the review for the REAL recipe. That is why i will never share recipes that date back in 1800

  • tcavman15
    Apr 8, 2012

    I substituted 1 teaspoon ground cardamom for the cinnamon and allspice to give it a scandinavian flavor. I also used bread flour instead of all-purpose flour for a chewy, yet light texture. They tasted so good I was tempted to skip the crosses and serve them plain, but I had made them for Easter, so I crossed them.

  • s_pants
    Mar 1, 2012

    I made these with raisins because that is what I had on hand. It was my first attempt at hot cross buns and they got rave reviews!