Hot cross buns are spiced sweet bread rolls filled with fruit that will always have a cross on top

Hot Cross Buns

Easy Hot Cross Buns using this easy dough from my Bagel Recipe. No yeast, no boiling, no fancy mixer. Bake them in the oven or in the air-fryer!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cool25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air fryer dessert, Bagel, Easy Hot Cross Buns, Healthy Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns
Servings: 4
Calories: 230kcal


  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour, whole wheat or gluten-free mix* (5 oz)
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder, make sure it’s not expired or it won’t rise
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw sugar
  • ¾ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt,  use less if using table salt
  • 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt,
  • 3 Tbsp. Raisins
  • 1 Egg white, beaten

Icing (only half will get used)*:

  • ¼ cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. Milk or water


Oven Method

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Place parchment paper or a silpat on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray with oil to avoid sticking.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt and whisk well.
  • Add the yogurt and raisins, mix with a fork or spatula until well combined, it will look like small crumbles.
  • Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 10 to 15 turns
  • Divide into 8 equal balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Top with egg wash. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before icing.

For the icing

  • In a small bowl, whisk the powdered sugar with milk until smooth. Transfer to a small ziplock bag and cut the tip. Ice the tops of the rolls in a cross pattern.

Air Fryer Method

  • Preheat the air fryer 325F degrees and set for 11 to 12 minutes.
  • Transfer in batches without overcrowding and bake 11 to 12 minutes, or until golden. No need to turn.
  • Let cool at least 30 minutes before icing.


Serving: 2 Buns

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories230
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 0.5g 1%
    • Sodium 426mg 18%
    • Total Carbohydrate 46g 16%
      • Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6%
      • Sugars 16.5g
    • Protein 10.5g 21%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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      Written by Lisa Yarde

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