Easter hot cross muffins

Prep 15 min
Total 35 min
Makes 12 muffins

Here’s how to get all the spices you’ve grown to love in hot cross buns without messing around with yeast dough. Bake as muffins or a loaf.



1/2 cup
2 tbsp
1 3/4 cups
all-purpose flour
2/3 cup
granulated sugar
1 tbsp
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
1 tsp
3/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
cloves, optional
1/2 cup
candied mixed peel
1/2 up
chopped dried apricots
1 cup
1/4 cup
2 tbsp
butter, melted
1 tsp


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Place raisins in a small bowl. Pour juice overtop. Microwave, covered, until hot, 1 minute. Set aside. Lightly coat or spray a 12-cup muffin tin or 9×5-inch (2-L) loaf pan with oil. In a large bowl, using a fork, stir flour with sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, mace, salt and cloves. Stir in raisin mixture, candied peel and apricots.
  • In a medium-size bowl, whisk egg. Whisk in milk, oil, butter and vanilla. Pour over flour mixture. Stir just until mixed. Batter will be lumpy. Divide between muffin cups or scrape into loaf pan and smooth top.
  • Bake in centre of preheated oven until a cake tester inserted into centre of muffins or loaf comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes for muffins, 1 hour for loaf. Remove pan to a cooling rack. After 5 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely on rack. Store muffins or loaf in an airtight container and store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 months.

Glaze: Stir 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) sifted icing sugar with 4 tsp (20 mL) orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over cooled muffins in a criss-cross pattern to mimic hot cross buns or spoon over loaf, if you wish.


Calories 246
Protein 3.6 g
Carbohydrates 42.3 g
Fat 7.6 g
Fibre 1.7 g
Sodium 197 mg

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2 comments on “Easter hot cross muffins

  1. re: Hot Cross Muffin recipe……It does not indicate the “amount or type of Oil” for the said recipe. Please inform me soonest, as I want to make these muffins today(April 6th, 2015). Thank you kindly, Diane M Farrall, Ottawa, ON.


    • Hi Diane,

      Thanks for letting us know about this error. The recipe has been updated to show that it is 1/4 cup canola oil.

      Thanks again and happy baking,
      Michelle Lucas Larving
      Assistant Food Editor, Chatelaine


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