Hot Cross Bun Surprises

Hot Cross Bun Surprises
4 Reviews
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
Total Time
16 buns



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 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


  1. Combine currants, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, orange zest and allspice in bowl; mix well.
  2. 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.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.
  4. Combine all frosting ingredients in 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.

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Recipe Comments and 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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