Hot Cross Bun Surprises

Hot Cross Bun Surprises

Traditional Easter rolls made easy, but special, by hiding a pocketful of filling inside each. Decorate simply with a cross on top.

40 min. prep time
16 buns
454 Ratings



1/3 cup dried currants
3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 (1-pound) loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, melted


1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 to 3 teaspoons milk


Combine currants, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, orange zest and allspice in small bowl; mix well.

Separate thawed dough into 16 pieces. Press 1 teaspoon currant mixture into center of each piece drawing dough around it to form a ball. Dip ball into melted butter. Place into ungreased 8-inch square baking pan, seam-side down. Drizzle with melted butter. Let rise in warm place about 45 minutes or until double in size.

Heat oven to 350°F. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

Combine all frosting ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Place buns on serving platter. Place frosting in resealable plastic food bag. Cut very small tip from one corner. Decorate top of each bun with cross.

Nutrition Facts (1 bun)

Calories: 160

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 16mg

Sodium: 210mg

Carbohydrates: 23g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #0862©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

These are extraordinary. I didn't have currants, so I used raisins. Put raisins, brown sugar, butter, orange zest and allspice in a small chopper to make the filling. Used close to a tablespoon of zest! Will definitely make these again.
I made these yesterday for our Easter breakfast today and they are just delicious! Great tasting filling and convenient using the frozen dough. Another LOL winner!
Thanks so much for a great recipe.
I have made this Easter recipe for the last 6 years. They are the only hot cross buns I will eat. The inner filling really makes these delicacies, special. A true 5 star recipe!
This recipe is a keeper and will be a tradition during the Easter season! My family makes hot cross buns from scratch(with yeast and such) never again! These are the "bomb"! I will never make my old recipe again!

Very simple and yummy!

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