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Easy Hot Cross Buns

Warm (and easy) hot cross buns for breakfast? Absolutely! Our secret? Use refrigerated buttermilk biscuits to cut down on prep. Raisins, cinnamon sugar and homemade icing seal the deal. Skill Level: Intermediate

10 min Prep
30 min Total
price per Serving

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 256
Protein 5.3g
Total Carbohydrates 39.0g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Net Carbohydrates 38.0g
Sugar 14.9g
Total Fat 9.2g
Saturated Fat 2.4g
Trans Fat 2.7g
Cholesterol 23.8mg
Sodium 622.5mg
SmartPoints® 8.0


  • 16 ounces refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 5 Tablespoons powdered (confectioner's) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Gently stretch each biscuit into 4-inch circle.
  2. Mix cinnamon and brown sugar in small bowl. Sprinkle a small amount of cinnamon mixture and some raisins over half of each biscuit. Fold over plain biscuit half onto raisin half. Fold again, pinching edges to seal. Gently shape into a ball. Repeat with remaining biscuits.
  3. Place buns in lightly greased cake pan, evenly spacing them apart. Brush bun tops with beaten egg.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove buns onto cooling rack; cool completely.
  5. Mix confectioners’ sugar and water in small bowl. Spoon into small resealable plastic bag. Cut a small piece from one of the bottom corners of bag. Close bag tightly then pipe the shape of an X on top of each bun.

Price Per Serving based on average national price: excludes store savings and local grocery store pricing

Photo Credit: McCormick