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Hot cross cookies recipe

These Hot cross cookies are a fun and easy alternative to the traditional hot cross bun. Who knows, they may prove to be the more popular option in your house!

Serving Size:

Makes about 24 cookies.



  • 1/2 cup (125g) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (300g) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup white chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate, roughly chopped


Step 1.  Cream the butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy. Then add the eggs, one at a time, beating together between each addition. Fold in the flour, baking powder, all of the milk chocolate and half of the white chocolate pieces until well combined. Divide the dough into two and shape each portion into a log. Wrap with plastic then place in the fridge to chill for half an hour. When ready to cook, slice the dough logs into rounds, about 1.5cm thick, and place on prepared baking trays.

Step 2. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced) and line two baking trays with paper. Bake cookies for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 3. Meanwhile, melt the remaining white chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water until smooth. Spoon crosses of the melted white chocolate on top of the biscuits as per picture.

Step 4. Let the chocolate set then store in an airtight container.


Hot cross biscuits


  • Swap some of the chocolate pieces for roughly chopped and toasted hazelnuts or walnuts if you prefer.
  • Add some mixed spice to the batter for extra hot cross bun flavour as well!
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  • This recipe was created by Sophie Hansen for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Sophie on  Local is LovelyFacebookTwitter or Pinterest.