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Orange Hot Cross Buns

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 buns


  • 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 large eggs
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 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


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 3/4 cup warm orange juice. Add the butter, sugar, eggs, orange zest, salt, cinnamon, raisins, remaining orange juice and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 237 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • afschaak
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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