Bread Machine Berry Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Do you guys have any Easter traditions that revolve around food?  The only “real” tradition we have with food is to eat lots of chocolate from the Easter basket!  Seriously.  Ok, so maybe we also get together with family and have a small lunch.  Other than that, bring on the chocolate bunny!

Something I have not shared with you guys is that I recently purchased a bread machine.  The purchase was inspired by Amy and I will share with you all more on how it has really improved our lives.  That’s a whole other post.  So, if you have a bread machine or maybe even if you don’t, here is an absolutely delicious Berry Hot Cross Bun recipe.  Traditionally Hot Cross Buns are served on Good Friday, but I think they are good any ‘ol time!  These are great for a breakfast, snack, dessert or even on the table for dinner.

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Bread Machine Berry Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Bread Machine Berry Hot Cross Buns Recipe


  • 2 eggs
  • About 1/3 cup of water *see instructions
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 4 cups bread flour (or all-purpose if you don't have bread flour)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons quick active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • For the Wash:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • For the icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Place all of the ingredients for the bread machine in the order listed above into the bread machine (Note: place your 2 eggs in a measuring cup and fill it up with water until it reaches 1 1/3 cups total).
  2. Put the bread machine on the dough cycle.
  3. Once the cycle is complete remove the dough from the machine and place in a bowl sprayed lightly with cooking spray or olive oil. Cover with a towel and let it rise for 45 minutes.
  4. Once the dough has doubled in size divide it in half.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Create about 7 or 8 balls from each half (about 16 total).
  7. Roll the balls smooth and place them on a lightly sprayed baking sheet or round pan.
  8. Using scissors, clip a cross across the top of each of them.
  9. Mix together the egg and water and brush across the tops of the buns.
  10. Bake at 375 degrees for 16-18 minutes.
  11. Let the buns cool on a wire rack.
  12. Mix the icing together and create a cross on the top of the buns. (I used a ziplock bag with the end snipped off in order to pipe on the icing)

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About Felicia

Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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  1. Yummy! My mouth is watering now.

  2. Love bread machine recipes and these look wonderful. Just pinned thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. I’ve never seen hot cross buns in real life (just read about them in nursery rhymes), awesome. 🙂

  4. These look Delicious! I luv using my bread machine and appreciate you sharing this recipe 🙂

    ~ Jill

  5. Can I come over or do I have to make them myself? I’m gonna pin it so I can!

  6. Wow Felicia, these look incredibly delicious! Love the addition of my 2 favorite dried berries. Pin and shared everywhere mmmm

  7. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but when the dough cycle was done, all I had was crumble. VERY dry. I went over the directions and ingredients twice before putting it together. Brand new yeast bought today. All ingredients measured exact. It’s almost as tho water is missing from the ingredient list… ?

    • You are absolutely right! I forgot to list the water! You will need at least 1/3 cup. I measured the 2 eggs into a 2 cup measuring cup and added enough water to make it 1 1/3 cups, but most eggs are about half a cup depending upon size. I’m so sorry! I’m on the road but will edit this as soon as I get back. Thank you for commenting.

  8. Thanks for the reply. 🙂
    I ended up adding another packet of yeast, using the old fashioned water/sugar in a bowl to make sure it was live. I kneaded that in with a bit more flour, and it ended up rising nicely. They are a little heavy but have nice flavor. I look forward to trying it again one day.

    • Btw…. You said two eggs in your reply, but it says 3 eggs in the recipe. Please clarify that as well. Thanks.

      • Yes.. another mis-type! You will use only 2 eggs and fill with water until you reach 1 1/3 cups total. That will likely make it less heavy. I did use 3 in mine originally however (the picture above was with 3 eggs). It was a thicker bread. So, either way should work just depending upon how fluffy you want it.

        Thank you so much Tracy!

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