Hot Cross Buns


These cozy spiced, pull-apart buns are balanced with bright orange zest, chopped pecans and golden raisins. Adding whole wheat flour to the dough gives the buns a subtle earthiness, making them not too sweet. Serve them for breakfast, dessert, a dinner side—or all of the above.

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12 serving(s)

Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins


  • 3/4 c.

    whole milk

  • 1

    1/4-ounce package active dry yeast

  • 1/4 c.

    plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, divided 

  • 6 tbsp.

     unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for greasing

  • 2

    large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, divided

  • 2 1/4 c.

    all-purpose flour 

  • 1 c.

    whole-wheat flour 

  • 2 tsp.

     ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp.

    ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp.

    ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp.

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp.

    ground cloves

  • 1/4 tsp.

    ground allspice

  • 1/2 c.

    golden raisins

  • 1/2 c.

    pecans, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp.

    finely grated orange zest 

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1/4 c.

    apricot jam, for glazing

  • 1 c.

    confectioners’ sugar


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 329 calories, 11.5 g fat (5 g saturated), 7 g protein, 105 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber

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Joy (she/her) is the Assistant Food Editor on the food team, where she develops and tests recipes to ensure both deliciousness and accuracy before they appear in titles like Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, Prevention, and Country Living. After graduating from UChicago with a major in political science, she made the (best) decision to pursue her passion for food by enrolling in pastry school and working at her dream NYC restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. Before joining the GH team, Joy assisted on cookbook and editorial shoots, ran an Instagram micro bakery, and worked as a freelance writer and developer with bylines appearing in Eater, Food52, Simply Recipes, Food Network, and more. Joy has a special place in her heart for croissants and tiramisu, and is always on the hunt for the next cafe to explore in the city (a journey that never ends!).

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