Infused with cardamom spice, these taste as wonderful as they smell. These buns are requested by family and friends every Easter and they are easy to make in your bread machine!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 buns
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let stand until dissolved, about 5 minutes. Place the flour, salt, sugar, cardamom, 1 1/4 cups of milk, butter and egg into the bread machine. Pour the yeast mixture on top. Close the lid and set the machine for the Dough setting. If using raisins, dried cherries or dried cranberries, add them at the beep.

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  • When the dough has finished, divide into 12 portions and shape into balls. Place them into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the plastic wrap from the rolls. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Make frosting by whisking together the confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup of milk and almond extract until smooth. When the buns are cool, drizzle frosting over them in a cross shape.

Nutrition Facts

415 calories; protein 6.7g; carbohydrates 76.9g; fat 9.2g; cholesterol 38.3mg; sodium 123.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2009
This is my first time making Hot Cross Buns. I don’t have a bread machine, so I just used my Kitchenaid mixer and let them rise once in the bowl and once in the 9x13 pan. Also, I didn’t have any cardamom so I substituted cinnamon. The next time I make them I’ll make sure I have the cardamom, because these were delicious! For the optional fruit, I used brandy soaked raisins and candied cherries and pineapple. So yummy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/09/2012
Although this recipe resembled the look of hot cross buns they in no way tasted like them. I made them twice to make sure that I did make them correct.. I used them for easter for my dinner rolls.. they in no way resemble the hot cross buns that I am used to with the cinnamon and other spices.. cardamom alone does not give the taste of cinnamon buns... Read More
(5)
96 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 69
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2009
This is my first time making Hot Cross Buns. I don’t have a bread machine, so I just used my Kitchenaid mixer and let them rise once in the bowl and once in the 9x13 pan. Also, I didn’t have any cardamom so I substituted cinnamon. The next time I make them I’ll make sure I have the cardamom, because these were delicious! For the optional fruit, I used brandy soaked raisins and candied cherries and pineapple. So yummy! Read More
(132)
Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2009
I was drawn to this recipe because of the cardamom, and I'm writing this with the subtle richness of that spice in my mouth from the recipe's finished product. -- The dough after the dough course in the breadmaker was very sticky. I couldn't handle it without covering my hands in flour often. In the breadmaker, the dough rose so high it was about to pop the top off. -- After cutting the dough into 12 balls and letting it rise again, I had the unfortunate task of figuring out how to deal with softball-size balls of dough. Once risen, they completely filled the 9x13 pan. I tipped the dough out of the pan and rolled them back into 12 balls. Putting six each on two flat cookie sheets, I baked them like that. Out of the oven, I let them cool for a couple of minutes before drizzling the frosting on top. It was all I could do to keep from eating one right then!-- The result was a tenderly sweet bun that wasn't overly spiced but just enough to make them smell delicious. Read More
(79)
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2010
This turned out wonderful!! I made a few changes but overall the recipe stayed the same. I made an egg wash with 1 egg yolk and 1 tbsp of cream and brushed the buns just before placing in the oven. I didn't have cardamom so I used nutmeg and cinnamon. Also I would suggest making half of the icing for the crosses cause it was way too much. I also made a syrup of 2 tbsp sugar and 1/3 cup water and a tsp of vanilla extract to brush on the buns as soon as I took them out of the oven. Also, 12 buns couldn't fit in a 13x9 pan, so I placed 8 buns in the pan and the other 4 in a 8 inch cake dish. These buns are soft and delicious and very yummy..it is a great recipe!! My husband has had quite a few and I ate 2 as soon as it came out of the oven. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2010
Lovely texture and flavor. Very nice recipe. Made as written, however I had to add in quite a bit more flour at the kneading stage (I used my KA). I also cut down on the glaze. Some mentioned that it makes more than necessary. I halved it and still had lots left over. I could also see that I was going to get 12 monster rolls, so I formed 16 and baked the extra in an 8x8 pan. They were a perfect size. My add-ins were currants and dried cherries. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2010
This was a very good Recipe I Add 1 Tablespoon Grated Orange Peel with 1 Cup Raisins 1 teaspoons cinnamon & 1/2 teaspoonNutmeg. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
We love these Buns I made them with raisins currants and peel. They are a big hit even when I made them with part WW flour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2010
very good just bake it and turn out very good. i forgot that i don't have cardamom in hand so i change it to cinnamon. and increase the yeast to 12 gr. for the topping i don't use icing but use honey. turn out very nice and sweet and sticky. 1 recipes turn out for 24x24 pan Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2010
Good taste. I sprinkled a little sugar and cinnamon on the dough before baking. Also I made two large braids instead of buns. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2011
Yummy! Warm, comforting, tender, soft... all I could have hoped for and more from my first attempt at yeast bread. I don't have a bread machine, so I combined everything and kneaded for 8-10 minutes. I used cinnamon instead of cardamom (only had pods), almond milk, zest of one orange and chopped cherry craisins. Topped with strips of pastry, baked at 400 (should have done an egg wash before baking for color) and brushed with warmed honey and orange zest when they came out of the oven. Cannot even imagine how divine these will be with icing. Thank you for a wonderful, easy recipe that even a beginner can prepare well. Read More
(9)
Rating: 1 stars
04/09/2012
Although this recipe resembled the look of hot cross buns they in no way tasted like them. I made them twice to make sure that I did make them correct.. I used them for easter for my dinner rolls.. they in no way resemble the hot cross buns that I am used to with the cinnamon and other spices.. cardamom alone does not give the taste of cinnamon buns... Read More
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